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Saudi Arabia: Economy, Politics and Government

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Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in the 1930s, although large scale production did not begin until after the second world war. Since a rapid expansion in the country's economic development in the 1960s, Saudi Arabia's economic fortunes have depended largely on oil revenues. The government's principal domestic preoccupation remains the lack of employment opportunities for Saudi nationals. Whatever the pace of development, the country's prosperity is assured by its vast oil reserves, which will last another century at current rates of production.

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Keywords: Abdullah; Aramco; GDP; Iran; SAGIA; Samarec; Saudia; United; Yemen; addresses; arms; banking; budget; business; cabinet; coal; constitution; currency; election; energy; exchange; exports; external; growth; hydrocarbons; imports; inflation; infrastructure; interest; international; investment; legislature; manufacturing; mining; ministry; oil; opposition; parliament; party; petrochemical; prime minister; privatisation; relations; reserves; taxation; telecommunications; tourism; transport; welfare

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: January 1, 2001


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