Saudi Arabia faces many external challenges. However, its internal problems are no less distressing and difficult, most notably those related to poverty and unemployment.
Using black humor, Saudi artist Nasser al-Qasabi exposes in his famous sketch comedy show, “Selfie,” the life of poverty and misery of a Saudi security guard. The episode ends with the poor citizen bursting out in anger and shouting at wealthy businessmen who barely know who he is despite the fact that he had always worked for them. After all doors to get out of poverty were shut in his face, he lost his temper and rebelled against his employers in an unintentional outburst of anger.
Back to the not-so-humorous reality, getting out of poverty in the kingdom is very difficult despite the country’s wealth and a compassionate government which allocates billions of dollars to social security aid. All these measures might provide the poor with the minimal necessary standards of living but will not get them out of the poverty circle. Why is that?
The Saudi labor market is distorted, occupied by millions of expatriates who are working in various jobs and landing all the low and mid-level positionsJamal Khashoggi