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The Saudi vision and population growth

Public Policy

The world’s population explosion is one of the biggest obstacles hindering the train of development and creating exhausting competition between the pace of development and the demands of the increasing population.

Saudi Arabia has now launched a new phase of its march based on revolutionizing its economic identity by recreating it through the state’s guarantee of welfare, launching a giant private sector and diversifying national income. All the details and plans of these ambitious and future terms were explained by Vision 2030. This was practically explained through the recent budget announced last week.

The Saudi department of statistics announced that the population in Riyadh reached 8 million – 4.5 million are Saudis while 3.4 million are residents. The population of the entire kingdom is 31.74 million according to 2016 estimates.

All this means that the rate of Saudi population growth is increasing at a worrying pace. When we talk about population growth, we are not only talking about citizens but also about residents, considering the increase of number of refugees from Arab countries and other countries as a result civil wars.

Saudi Arabia has now launched a new phase of its march based on revolutionizing its economic identity

Mshari Al Thaydi

This is in addition to the fact that the Saudi labor market tempts Arab and non-Arab workers from all over the world, particularly from Asia. Of course what further tempt them to go work in Saudi Arabia are the cheap general services and cheap livelihood costs. What does uncontrolled population growth mean for the general economy?

It means a lot of pressure on services, goods, energy, general resources, such as those related to hospitalization, education and transportation etc. But when does population growth become useful?

It becomes useful “when this increase is met with a result in term of the state’s real production, and when this increase leads to decrease in poverty and increase of the average income. Population growth must not lead to the deterioration of the quality of life or to the decrease of essential services or deterioration of these services’ quality. Population growth must not harm the environment or drain natural resources.” (Muntser Abu al-Hajjaj al-Aqsri, al-Ahram)

Finally, the religious debate about the issue is not conclusive. Some prohibit family planning and some allow it as it has its benefits. This debate by various sources is available for anyone who wants to check it out. Speaking of jurisprudence, it’s worth noting that that the four imams of the Sunni sect did not have many children. Imam Abu Hanifa only had one son, Hammad, Imam Shafii had two sons, Othman and Mohammed, Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal had two sons, Saleh and Abdullah and Imam Malik had one son, Yahya.

What can be seen is that population growth is not adding to market production or expertise as the opposite is happening. Therefore, the situation must be bravely confronted and programs that encourage family planning must be devised so the new Saudi train moves forward without any obstructions.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on December 26, 2016.

english.alarabiya.net



24 Comments on "The Saudi vision and population growth"

  1. Davy on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 9:41 am 

    Saudi population of the 1920’s was somewhere around 2MIL. I think this is a bigger problem then family planning.

  2. penury on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 10:23 am 

    Replace “Saudi” with “world” and the problem remains the same.

  3. peakyeast on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 11:13 am 

    “But when does population growth become useful?”

    At this point in time probably never. More likely increasingly the opposite.

  4. Apneaman on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 11:43 am 

    They fuck like humans over there in rag head land. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the Muslim world was the most advanced civilization for a period of a few hundred years, but then I just compare the America of my youth to the clown show full of imbeciles it is today and ya, one can see how far and fast a people can fall. I’m just grateful that Americans are too fat and polluted to shit out babies at the same pace as those middle eastern barbarian savages. And they say I’m always negative Ha!

  5. Apneaman on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 11:53 am 

    The Saudis need a new philosophy is all.

    How to Live As an Antinatalist

    “Antinatalism is a philosophy that holds the premise that pain and suffering are bad and that pleasure, while good, is not needed by those who don’t exist. New human lives will inevitably contain pain and suffering. Therefore, antinatalism concludes through philosophical reasoning that it is better for human beings not to be born. By not being born, a potential but as-yet-unborn person has avoided the suffering of life, all of which was preventable if the parents had not procreated and brought that person into existence.”

    http://www.wikihow.com/Live-As-an-Antinatalist

    Problem solved.

  6. Cloggie on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 12:22 pm 

    antinatalism concludes through philosophical reasoning that it is better for human beings not to be born.

    An other word for it is nihilism.

    Your climate hysteria is a convenient fig leaf for what is really your problem. Your personal life sucks and you project that onto the rest of the ‘cancer monkeys’, em I mean humanity.

  7. Dredd on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 1:00 pm 

    The ocean will help with the population problem soon (Syncronizing Satellite Data With Tide Gauge Data).

    The big players are ignored at our peril.

  8. Hubert on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 5:53 pm 

    These Arabs are little more than animals. They don’t think like human beings, not that Chinese are any better.

  9. Sissyfuss on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 6:29 pm 

    The Buddhas’life proved that enlightenment is as rare as a planet that supports sentient beings.

  10. GregT on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 6:32 pm 

    “They don’t think like human beings”

    Well, if this is indeed true, at least they have something positive going for them.

  11. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 9:45 pm 

    “Your climate hysteria is a convenient fig leaf for what is
    really your problem. Your personal life sucks and you
    project that onto the rest of the ‘cancer monkeys’, em I
    mean humanity.”

    Yeah no doubt! What a catch eh lol.
    Wonder if he gets laid much lol

    Saudi Arabia will soon overtake Japan and
    become the fourth place consumer of oil.
    The loser Prince and his vanity project of
    a foreign policy will soon bite Saudi Arabia
    in the ass bigly. Can’t wait to see him
    hanging from a tank barrel.

  12. JuanP on Sat, 31st Dec 2016 10:26 pm 

    I liked the idea of antinatalism.
    Unfortunately, they are against suicide according to that wiki.
    I am in favor of suicides and consider them one of the smartest ways to die.
    I will remain a minority of one for now.

  13. Kenz300 on Sun, 1st Jan 2017 8:45 am 

    The more kids you have the less you can give each of them.

    Cost of Raising a Child is Way More Than You Think
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoHDdvyt38A

  14. Kenz300 on Sun, 1st Jan 2017 8:47 am 

    Too many people create too much pollution and demand too many resources.

    China made great progress in moving its people out of poverty. One reason was slowing population growth.

    If you can not provide for yourself you can not provide for a child.

    CLIMATE CHANGE, declining fish stocks, droughts, floods, air water and land pollution, poverty, water and food shortages, unemployment and poverty all stem from the worlds worst environmental problem……. OVER POPULATION.

    Yet the world adds 80 million more mouths to feed, clothe, house and provide energy and water for every year… this is unsustainable… and is a big part of the Climate Change problem

    Birth Control Permanent Methods: Learn About Effectiveness

    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/birth_control_permanent_methods/article_em.htm

  15. BobInget on Sun, 1st Jan 2017 5:05 pm 

    If the Saudi manage oil the way they blew through their historic water.. Then what ?
    Saudi import most of their food; grains, dairy,
    meats, veggies etc.
    Just a few years ago KSA was exporting grains, dairy alfalfa to all of its allies. No longer.

    IMO there’s no danger (whatsoever) of KSA ‘cheating’ on OPEC quotas. Three years of pushing ‘old’ wells to outer limits done did
    irreparable damages. Currently Saudi Arabia has the highest ‘rig count’ in the ME…. for good reason.

    http://english.aawsat.com/2016/12/article55363542/ksa-japan-launch-cooperation-water-desalination-oil

  16. makati1 on Sun, 1st Jan 2017 8:03 pm 

    fYI: Saudi Arabia.

    Registered Nurses with 4 years experience make $1,600. per month as shown in ads here in the Ps for Registered Filipino nurses to work in Saudi hospitals.

    US with same credentials: median of $56,000. per month, per BLS. $20 to $40/per hour.

    These are often the same people in both countries, Filipinos.

    And you wonder why medical care in the US is so expensive. lol

  17. makati1 on Sun, 1st Jan 2017 8:04 pm 

    Oops $56,000 PER YEAR!

  18. makati1 on Sun, 1st Jan 2017 8:07 pm 

    That still makes the US coast 3 times that of most places in the world and the quality of care is equal.

  19. makati1 on Sun, 1st Jan 2017 8:08 pm 

    Damn lack of editing ability!

    … 3 times the COST … not coast.

  20. Midnight Oil on Mon, 2nd Jan 2017 5:35 am 

    We humans just can’t help ourselves… We love to do the knookie thing…

  21. Kenz300 on Mon, 2nd Jan 2017 10:54 am 

    Endless population growth is not sustainable.

    It will end in more poverty, suffering and despair.

  22. Jef on Tue, 3rd Jan 2017 8:41 am 

    “But when does population growth become useful?”

    When you need to constantly increase the amount of money loaned into existence in order pay for the previously loaned into existence money.

    When that merry-go-round stops its deadly deflation from here on out.

  23. Kenz300 on Tue, 3rd Jan 2017 11:33 am 

    The more kids you have the less you can give each of them.

    Cost of Raising a Child is Way More Than You Think

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoHDdvyt38A

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