Social Impact of COVID 19 on Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience. The Kingdom has thrived in the context of challenging environmental conditions, in one of the most geopolitically complex regions in the world, and at the very center of global energy markets. As in all countries, the COVID-19 crisis is once again severely testing the adaptive capacity of the Kingdom. While the pandemic represents a historic health threat and unprecedented economic challenge, it also is having profound although less discussed social impact. It is on these aspects of COVID-19’s repercussions that our survey of Saudi Arabian thought leaders focused. In particular, the survey explored three dimensions of social impact: how we develop; how we live; and, how we engage.