Saudization drive begins to falter in vegetable souks

ArabNews: Saudization drive begins to falter in vegetable souks

Hey, look! An article from the Arab News that I’m not going to slam Islam over! I’m going to slam protectionism instead.

We’ve seen similar things in America, notably in California, they were just as short-sighted, and they failed just as miserably. The simple fact is that if Saudis wanted those jobs, they would have had those jobs. Either they don’t want them at that pay, or you waste money by paying subsidies that drive the cost of the product up. You drive the cost of the product up, demand dries up, and you end up raising the subsidy. It is a vicious loop.

Saad Al-Dosary, a young Saudi salesman and one of the few who decided to stay in his new job at the souk, said that at first the return of foreign workers began slowly but then accelerated until everyone realized that they were once again in control of the market.

He explained the flight of Saudi workers from this kind of business by saying that “most of them are impatient and lazy”.

Give that man a cigar. If they wanted the job, they already would have had it.

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