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Saudi grapples with rising food prices
Despite confident predictions that Saudi Arabia is immune to social unrest, the kingdom faces the same economic challenges as Tunisia and Egypt. The BBC’s Philip Hampsheir has the story.
February 7, 2011 3:16 by shafeer
In the wake of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, the focus has been thrown on Middle Eastern countries that may have similar problems with food inflation, soaring unemployment and repressive regimes.
Many predict that, while oil-rich Saudi Arabia won’t become the next Egypt, the rise in food prices might spark social dissent.
Rising food prices have been breaking the backbone of poor and middle-class people in the Middle East’s largest economy, as the cost of some items – such as beef, chicken and vegetables – have nearly doubled in just a few years.