I spent Eid al-Fitr in my hometown in Medina. I was looking for the ordinary joy on friends and family faces. There were a lot of happy faces of course, but with a certain degree of expected complaints in any society that endures the high cost of living and high rates of unemployment, as well as the government’s action to treat the unemployment crisis.
We would then get back to the normal societal rules that we had witnessed before the oil boom and that we still see in the cities of the developed world where we go every summerJamal Khashoggi
Debates on the economy are useful for any society. They motivate people to search for solutions that maintain the stability of communities. Stability has become the main concern for the Saudi citizen, especially when he sees the situation of other Arabs around him, whose leaders did not work on the economy, lives and means of support of their citizens but rather were preoccupied with governance and political disputes.