Saudi Arabia is an Arab state in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria. Saudi Arabia is home to the religion’s 2 most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad. Riyadh, the capital, is a skyscraper-filled metropolis. Saudi Arabia is a desert country encompassing most of the Arabian Peninsula, with Red Sea and Persian Gulf coastlines. The nature has gifted this Arab state with rich oil resources, controlling the second largest oil reserves in the world.
Saudi Arabia's command economy is petroleum-based; roughly 75% of budget revenues and 90% of export earnings come from the oil industry. It is strongly dependent on foreign workers with about 80% of those employed in the private sector being non-Saudi. The oil industry comprises about 45% of Saudi Arabia's nominal gross domestic product, compared with 40% from the private sector (see below). Saudi Arabia officially has about 260 billion barrels of oil reserves, comprising about one-fifth of the world's proven total petroleum reserves. In addition to petroleum and gas, Saudi also has a small gold mining sector in the Mahd adh Dhahab region and other mineral industries, an agricultural sector (especially in the southwest) based on dates and livestock, and large number of temporary jobs created by the roughly two million annual hajj pilgrims.
Saudi Arabia the world’s largest oil producing and exporting country has generated huge job opportunities in Oil & gas sector, followed by civil / construction, infrastructure, energy, telecommunication, banking, IT, tourism and more. The majority of jobs in Saudi Arabia are being filled by work force from India, Pakistan, and other Asian countries. The economy is growing and so is the demand for work force – labourers and professionals across their traditional oil & gas sector as well as alternative sectors that are coming up fast in the Arab state of Saudi Arabia. Added to this are huge number of temporary jobs that are created by annual hajj pilgrims.
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