Poverty in the Gulf
Poverty in the GulfThe region's renowned wealth overshadows the impoverished.
Saudi men and their families go shopping in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 25 October 2003, before the start of the fasting month of Ramadan. (EPA/STR)
The oil rich nation of Saudi Arabia is often associated with wealth and extravagance. However, abject poverty is the reality for millions of Saudis. Critics place the blame on the government’s inability to keep pace with a huge population boom, high youth unemployment and rising cost of living. The Kingdom is not the only Gulf nation dealing with this issue, as Kuwait and Oman face the same problem. But in countries that provide free education, health care and certain pension plans, where does the responsibility lie?