Why are ambitious young Saudis not being given a chance to succeed?

Why are ambitious young Saudis not being given a chance to succeed?

Dr. Abdulmonem Algow
Dr. Abdulmonem Algow
By Dr. Abdulmonem Algow

Saudi Aramco, the giant Saudi oil company, last year began to implement a long-term Saudization policy to empower Saudis to replace the current non-Saudi suppliers and manufacturers with which Aramco deals. In fact, the late Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz called on Saudi Aramco to adopt a Saudization policy that would replace all non-Saudis with Saudis.

Public universities and educational institutions that are run by the government need to play a role in enhancing Saudization across all sectors. This is because these institutions, medical and educational, have benefited from government support. The least they can do to show appreciation is to work on enforcing Saudization programs. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, public schools and government hospitals should help implement Saudization programs.

The above institutions are currently not exerting sufficient efforts to increase Saudization. Moreover, they have a large number of non-Saudi staff members. The Ministries of Education and Health should take action to enhance Saudization in the above sectors. Why are they silent about it?

Today, we have many young Saudi men and women who have graduated from prestigious universities inside and outside the country and who have specialized in important fields. They are ambitious and smart and expect us to give them a chance to prove themselves and excel at what they do. If we do not show them that we trust them, they will leave the country and go to another that appreciates their skills and qualifications. Frankly speaking, I do not understand why these ambitious and outstanding students are being denied these chances.

Public hospitals are run by medical companies which prefer to hire nurses, x-ray technicians, anesthetists, radiologists and physiotherapists from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Sudan etc. We have qualified Saudis who are dedicated, devoted and competent and who can fill the same positions. Why have they not been hired? It seems that medical and educational institutions do not take Saudization seriously. Why are they not being held accountable for their negligence in achieving Saudization?


  1. “If we do not show them that we trust them, they will leave the country and go to another that appreciates their skills and qualifications”

    And which other country is going to hire them when their own country doesn’t. Oh yes there is Jordan ofcourse. Jordan has many prestigious universities.

      • in which professions ? the labor market is tight in most western countries prefering their own citizens over international candidates, can you provide a substantiation for your claim with some evidence ? I dont deny there are many professionals but you generally dont meet them outside saudi

  2. That sounds great. But we don’t afford to devastate vital sectors like health and education. Telecommunications businesses have almost collapsed. And people don’t know where to get a mobile repaired from. Out of thousands of airports in the world, this year Jeddah airport was ranked the worst in the world when judged on immigration services and many other aspects. Bank services will be unanimously the worst in the world if some some study is conduted on annual basis like that of airports. I strongly believe that for harnessing the potential of saudi workforce, youngsters must have to compete expatriates to take over their roles instead of just recruiting them to satisfy the saudization numbers by roping in armature and untrained people. The point to ponder is why do even saudis prefer an expatriate taxi driver over a saudi for their families?

  3. We all know the answer to the writer’s question – it is the cost. Staff from developing countries have low wage costs and will live in relatively simple accommodation. Until such time as the cheap labor route is closed by the Government then it is only good business to take the required labor at the cheapest cost. It is not the private sector’s job to subsidize Saudi social goals – the private sector’s job is to make profit for the owners who take the risk of establishing the business.

  4. I totally agree in some points with the writer of the article, unfortunately, he was not successful in some parts of the article. Today if we just see any developed countries in the northern hemisphere we don’t find any country without a foreigner’s hand. Take the silicon valley in California U.S.A 70% of the IT sector and entrepreneurs are foreigners or were born in a foreign land. But in later time they became a proud U.S citizens.

    I can mention many African origin working some of them even today in NASA U.S.A, but they were respected for their knowledge, not their colors or origin. They were provided with a decent life. Due to that they served their host country and taught the younger generation. What matters was their contribution to the society and the country they reside in. I do believe and hope whether sooner or later Saudi Arabia will understand this and side by side expatriates and the Saudis work together to build a better world for the new generation based on Islamic teachings. After all, we are all humans and brothers in Islam.