More than half of respondents said they would like to see Saudi Arabia help other regional economies after the pandemic
Nearly four in five Saudi citizens are confident that the Kingdom will recover from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to newly released statistics.
The study, conducted by APCO Worldwide between April 2 and 5, asked 500 Saudi citizens from a number of cities their opinions on the impact of Covid-19 in the Middle East, as well as the government;s response to the pandemic.
The statistics showed that 81 percent of Saudi are confident that the kingdom will recover “more quickly” than other countries in the region.
Additionally, 76 percent of respondents said they believe the kingdom’s recent economic transformation have put the country in a better position to recover from the pandemic than many of its neighbours.
More than half - 58 percent - of respondents said they’d like to see Saudi Arabia help other regional economies after the pandemic, even those who are not traditional allies of the kingdom.
The survey also found that 40 percent of saudis are making fewer purchases than before the pandemic, although 39 percent said they were spending more as a result of bulk purchases of essential items.
While 41 percent said they plan to wait before returning to past buying behaviour, 40 percent said they would immediately return to their old habits once the pandemic is over.
“As the strongest economy in the Middle East and the chair and host country of the 2020 G20 Summit, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has an important role to play in restoring regional economic growth post coronavirus,” said Liam Clarke, managing director, Saudi Arabia at APCO Worldwide.
“Our research shows that Saudis recognise this and are confident in the country’s ability to recover from the pandemic, but are split on the government’s response,” he added.