king abdulla 8 yearsSaudi Arabia marked the 8th anniversary of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah’s accession to the throne on Monday, May 6. In the course of these 8 years, the King has done much towards modernizing and developing the Kingdom’s economy.

The King has implemented a number of reforms this year, the prominent among them, allowing 30 women to take part in the Shura Council for the first time in the country’s history.

Under the King’s guidance, the Ministry of Civil Services succeeded in reducing unemployment rate by helping to provide jobs to 30,000 Saudi youngsters, 37% of whom were women, Al Arabiya reported. His efforts in the health sector helped to lie the foundation for 127 health centers in the Kingdom, with a budget allocation exceeding 12 billion Riyals.

The Kingdom also saw the rise of several economic cities such as the King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, the Economic City of Prince Abdulaziz Bin Assistant in Ha’il, the Economic city of Jizan and Media Knowledge Economic City in Al-Madinah Al-Muawara.