• Short Summary

    SAUDI ARABIA IS ALMOST AS LARGE AS ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY AND ITALY PUT TOGETHER.?

  • Description

    SAUDI ARABIA IS ALMOST AS LARGE AS ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY AND ITALY PUT TOGETHER. IT HAS NO RIVERS TO SPEAK OF AND VERY LITTLE RAIN, AND IS LARGELY COMPOSED OF DESERT. YET THROUGH THE IMMENSE REVENUES PROVIDED BY ITS OIL, KING FEISAL AND HIS GOVERNMENT ARE ATTEMPTING TO CREATE A VAST, MODERN, PROGRESSIVE STATE AMID THE HITHERTO ARID WASTES.

    ALTHOUGH THREE-QUARTERS OF THE POPULATION STILL LIVES BY AGRICULTURE, ENORMOUS CHANGES HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. SAUDI ARABIA IS NOW IN THE RANKS OF MODERN TRADING AND INDUSTRIAL NATIONS; SHE EXPORTS MACHINERY AND OIL; AND HER MEANS OF TRANSPORT AND TRADE HAVE BEEN, AND ARE CONTINUOUS TO BE, VASTLY IMPROVED.

    A LOT OF EMPHASIS IS BEING PLACED ON EDUCATION. IN 1957 THE UNIVERSITY OF RIYADH HAD 21 STUDENTS: NOW IT HAS 1,000 WITH PLENTY OF ROOM FOR MORE. IT IS CLAIMED THAT OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS THE SPENDING ON EDUCATION HAS INCREASED 2,000 PER CENT, THANKS TO THE MONEY AVAILABLE FROM OIL EXPORTS, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES. THERE ARE 930 PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHERE TEN YEARS AGO THERE WERE 300; THERE ARE 140,000 PUPILS WHERE THERE WERE 40,000 BEFORE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2ARIFVB03BPTRYOM9QA9X8883
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ARIFVB03BPTRYOM9QA9X8883
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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