Good times over for expats in Saudi Arabia

Cost-cutting, drive to employ Saudis leading to retrenchments


SEVENTEEN years after first setting foot in Saudi Arabia, Dominic Steck shipped his two cats and returned to Germany with his wife and school-age children, who hardly know their homeland.

As Saudi Arabia steps up efforts to employ more of its own people, and with economic growth slowing, the ranks of well-paid white-collar expatriates like Mr Steck are thinning. For them, the good times are over.

Mr Steck said that to reduce costs, his employers "sent the Westerners" away. "I have to admit, they...

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