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Saudi Arabia sets record budget for 2013

Straits Times -- Saudi Arabia has set a record state budget for next year as high oil prices allow heavy spending on welfare and infrastructure projects, helping it avoid the severe social unrest seen in other parts of the Arab world.

The government plans to spend 820 billion riyals (S$ 267 billion) in 2013, Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf said as he presented the budget to King Abdullah on Saturday.

That amount is 19 per cent higher than the 690 billion riyals that the world's largest oil exporter budgeted for 2012. It is slightly below the estimated 853 billion riyals that the government actually spent this year, but analysts said actual spending was on track to continue climbing in 2013.


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southrob
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 8:40:37 AM

and we should be drilling our own oil
1006
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 5:54:47 AM

it is just your opinion there is social unrest to speak
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they adopted the 6.8 SPC...
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 1:25:39 AM

Saudi Arabia sets record budget for 2013! They have what the world wants and most countries are more than willing to Pay for it. Their budget can be very large with their vast reserves of crude oil and natural gas for sale. The US can pick at their energy demand but can't get anywhere close to be a threat of any kind.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:35:51 PM

No surprise, with all their oil income!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:34:49 PM

Thats great
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:33:12 PM

don't know
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:28:16 PM

If you have the money spend it.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:26:23 PM

I wonder if their budget is at least balanced.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:24:42 PM

Somehow I don't have confidence in the royal family to really use that money to quell social unrest.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:23:44 PM

More of our money.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:21:01 PM

With our money
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:19:40 PM

I hope this is the year we get away from all Arab Oil
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:18:30 PM

feed the people, keep them happy.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:18:24 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:18:16 PM

Buy them off so they don't revolt.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:18:13 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:17:19 PM

yep, the speculators help to keep the price up for all the oil selling countries to make more money too.
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To all, a very happy and healthy New Year and hopefully all the political BS in Washington will end soon.

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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:16:16 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:15:40 PM

So What does this mean to US.
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We will se how this pans out.
Look at our lawmakers, they can do nothing.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:14:37 PM

This is why they need to get at least $90 for oil
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:14:05 PM

Wow, it's early...
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:13:54 PM

Counting on a lot of $$$ from Uncle Sugar!
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:12:53 PM

Hopefully the US will become energy independent. This would put a severe crimp in Saudi Arabia's future largesse.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:11:06 PM

They best get ready of the new reality when our oil output is greater than theirs.
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Older still now
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:09:00 PM

just another welfare country like greece, spain and the usa
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Happy New Year!  
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:06:22 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:05:16 PM

With our money.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:02:56 PM

we're paying them
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:01:47 PM

I guess they are making some good money off of us.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 10:01:22 PM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:58:57 PM

and this interest us because ?
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:57:23 PM

The curse of "free" money strikes again. Whether gold (Spain's new world colonies), Oil, or even lottery winnings almost always results in poor incentives that ultimately bring poverty as soon as the flow a "free" money starts to decline.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:56:32 PM

So we're paying more at the pump so they can spend more on welfare, nice.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:55:37 PM

Even though the speculators are desperately trying to raise crude oil prices, The Saudis should not count on continued high prices!
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:51:55 PM

What will the people do when the budget shrinks again next year with the price of oil dropping? Don't get too used to the new things your short term increase in earnings has now bought.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:51:22 PM

The prince needs to buy off the Muslims that want to kill him.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:40:51 PM

who gives a rat's #@@
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:37:01 PM

Keep spending
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:34:31 PM

Must be nice to have the money to do it!!!
davenles
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:28:54 PM

So nice that they have so much of our money to spend.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:26:55 PM

We pay for it.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:24:14 PM

They have more money than they know what to do with.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:23:49 PM

Bribing their own people.
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:23:22 PM

So what?
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ok
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ok
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