What will Saudis do when expatriates leave Saudi Arabia?

Expatriates are leaving the Kingdom gradually

The economists are of the view that most of the expatriates would be leaving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The expat dependent fee, of course, is the greatest reason behind it.

The expatriates who have been living with us for decades with their families cannot withstand the increasing annual burden of the dependent fee and thereby are forced to leave the Kingdom. Millions of expatriates have already left the country and we might be losing about 2 million foreigners by the end of August of 2019. 

These expatriates would majorly comprise of those who have a single-family worker. It would indeed become difficult for them to meet both ends with a dependent fee on each dependent. 

Low Population, Low Demand

Fewer people would mean less consumption and less demand. The migration (the reverse migration) effect would be serious for our economy. Most companies, most of nutrition and catering, will observe an economic fall.

With low sales, the profit would go down and most companies would not be able to withstand the losses and eventually close down.

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Real Estate

The real estate has been going through an economic crisis for around 3,4 years. As expatriates would be leaving, there would be a surplus of houses and buildings. The rents have already fallen by 30%. Recommended: How I reduced my house rent in Saudi Arabia?

Transport companies, airlines and relocation companies would go through the same economic downturn.

How would the lives of Saudis be affected?

If you still believe that the life of an average Saudi would not be affected by expatriates leaving the country, here is what is expected to happen.

  • You shall be taking your child out from a private school and get them admitted into a public school.
  • If you live in a house or a villa, you might be moving to an apartment. You will be moving towards a cheaper place with fewer facilities. 
  • Soon the economic crisis would lead towards the electronic sector which comprises of smart-phones, tablets, computers, luxury items, modern day to day service, maintenance, and gadgets. The companies will close down and our economy will suffer due to the closure of hundreds of companies one after the other.
  • By 2020, foreigners will not be able to enjoy subsidized utilities like Saudi nationals. They would be bearing high electricity, water, and gasoline bills.
  • The foreigners would be finding escapes and would eventually leave closing down their restaurants and shops privately owned by them. Closures of such shops would further depress the economy.

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So this is where we are heading?

Is this the solution to our current problems? Do we want to live in isolation and lose the beautiful colors of diversity? Do we want to go through an economic depression? Of course not! Thinking about a solution? 

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.