Begging outside the House of Saud

According to the Arabic press, roughly two out of three Saudi men are unemployed. Indeed, the Kingdom imports foreign workers to handle many of the menial jobs that could provide salaries to Saudi’s poor. It is estimated that Saudi Arabia’s population of 22 million includes 7 million foreigners. […]

While most of the Kingdom suffers in silence, Saudi Arabia’s royal family and oil sheikhs lead lives of gaudy luxury. The mainstream press has documented Saudi royals taking lavish junkets where they buy outlandishly expensive jewels, fly on private jets, lounge on yachts, and enjoy an extravagant, secular European lifestyle. According to one report, Saudi Arabia has become the second largest market for custom-built Bentley luxury cars in the Middle East, after the UAE.