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modernization of the country. Formal education was given
top priority in order to alleviate the high illiteracy rate
among the people. Free education at all levels continues to
be available for every eligible student whether at home or
abroad. In the meantime, the Saudi government embarked upon
establishing modern governmental and administrative organs
to meet the requirement of the contemporary state. The
simple, traditional institutions were replaced by relatively
more modern and complex ones. Yet, the Kingdom is encounter-
ing great administrative problems which certainly hamper and
deter the State's efforts to promote economic and social
The purpose of this study is to expound the dilemma
that, in spite of the huge wealth of Saudi Arabia, its drive
for development and modernization is stumbling. This situa-
tion is due to a large extent to the country's severe ad-
The study takes the macro approach and it is within an
interdisciplinary scope. It relies heavily on primary
sources, i.e., government documents, without disregarding
secondary sources. In developing the study, two major areas
were treated in four chapters: one is a brief description
of the his torical, geographical, and social settings of the
country, with great emphasis on the administrative apparatus
and regulations; the other is a scrutiny of the major ad-
ministrative problems facing the country which impede the
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Zughaibi, Morshed M. Public Administration in Saudi Arabia: Problems and Prospects, thesis, May 1973; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc131626/m1/3/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .