Saudi Arabia largest market for Pakistani job seekers: Official

The number of Pakistani emigrants in Saudi Arabia has increased from 0.14 million in 2008 to 0.22 million in 2011.


August 15, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia had become the largest market for Pakistani workers in the world and amongst other Gulf States such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Kuwait, a government official said on Wednesday.  

According to the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment official, Saudi Arabia, being a Muslim state was an attractive place to work for millions of Pakistani job seekers seeking employment abroad.

The number of Pakistani emigrants in Saudi Arabia has increased from 0.14 million in 2008 to 0.22 million in 2011.

“Presently Pakistan is exporting skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour,” the official said.

Responding to a question, he said the number of Pakistani workers registered for overseas employment through the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment during 2011 for Saudi Arabia was 222,247.

COMMENTS (25)

khalsa | 9 years ago | Reply

for rich saudi is just like europe. good quality whiskey always at doorstep but yes one needs to pay much much more. personal experience

Siddiqui | 9 years ago | Reply

I've worked in Saudi. Figure quoted in the article is incorrect. The number of Pakistanis in KSA is around 1.2 to 1.5 million in KSA. Like any other place, KSA has its good and bad points... generally speaking, if you do a good honest job and follow the law, life is ok there. Socially restricted though, especially if you prefer a liberal lifestyle. Expat Compound life... especially in those compounds designed for westerners, is however as liberal as you can want it to be. Certain compounds do not even allow abaya inside to ensure they maintain a western environment for their clients... but these are of course very few and elite ones.

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