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CultureShock! Saudi Arabia by Peter North

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‘Make your bargain before beginning to plough.’—Arab Proverb

 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE LABOUR FORCE

During the 1970s, under King Faisal, Saudi Arabia embarked on a programme to apply its oil revenue to building an industrial infrastructure. The obvious industries to develop were those based on hydrocarbon feedstock (from the oil refining process) such as fertilisers and plastics. For good measure, Saudi Arabia also built a steel industry based on reduction of iron oxide by gas instead of coal.

Two fishing villages, Jubail on the Persian ...

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