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Research Paper | Economics | Saudi Arabia | Volume 4 Issue 12, December 2015
Spatial Economic Development of Mecca Region, Saudi Arabia
A. K. Alhowaish | Ahmed Bafgeesh | Abdulrahman Aljarboe
Abstract: This research aims to study and analyze the economic structure of different economic activities in Mecca region in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in order to identify the possibilities and elements of spatial economic development, then to give recommendations achieving regional economic environment attracting investment opportunities and career opportunities on one hand, and to support directives of national development plans on the other hand. The following questions will be answered throughout this research paper 1- What characterizes Mecca region economically 2- What are the main economic activities of competitive and comparative advantages in the region Study also recommends focusing on wholesale activities and retail trade activities, repairing of motor vehicles and motorcycles, and constructive activity which engaged about 30.6 % of total number of labor in Mecca region, reflecting strength of economic activities by attracting investment capitals, job opportunities and income for the region and its residents, in addition to adopting developmental polices and strategies making its growth and development continuous. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining and utilizing stone pits activities, financial and insurance activities, scientific and technical professional activities, supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning, public administration and defense, compulsory social security, education, arts, recreation and entertainment are considered activities in the presence of spatial elements (geographic location and promising economic tourist areas in Mecca region, especially with high level of developmental activities in the region, insuring existence of promising future investment opportunities for these activities in the region. Study recommends adopting policies and motivational programs, and reinforcing ability of the region to develop these opportunities through private sector.
Keywords: Economic structure, sectors of economic activities, spatial economic development, Mecca region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Edition: Volume 4 Issue 12, December 2015,
Pages: 1746 - 1755