Six million GCC citizens visited Saudi Arabia last year

Saudi Arabia received more than six million GCC visitors last year. (File photo)

Saudi Arabia received more than six million Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens last year, according to a GCC General Secretariat report.

There has been a significant increase in the movement of citizens among member states thanks to a resolution on facilitating the movement GCC nationals, the report carried by the Saudi Press Agency said on Monday.

Some 17.7 million GCC citizens visited the six Gulf countries of which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received more than six million, followed by Bahrain with 5.7 million, United Arab Emirates 1.3 million, Qatar half a million and Oman 600,000.

Some 8.6 million Saudis moved among GCC member states, followed by Kuwaitis and Bahrainis (2.8 million each), then the Qataris and Omanis (1.2 million each), and Emiratis (1.1 million).

GCC ministers of labor and social affairs have also adopted special working programs to increase employment opportunities and facilitate the movement of national workforce among the GCC member countries in the private sector.

GCC citizens working in member states are also benefiting from the insurance protection extension system covering the Gulf citizens.

The insurance protection extension system was approved by the GCC summit in Manama in 2004 and made mandatory on 2006.

Statistics show the positive effects of the decision of the GCC Supreme Council on the provision of insurance protection for citizens working in other GCC member states.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45