Because citizens of The Kingdom enjoy universal health care coverage, while the laborers of Saudi - imported non-citizen workers imported from Islamic states like Indonesia - don't receive health care, and aren't included in the national surveys. They are, for want of a better word, indentured servants. This is a labor issue that is mirrored in many of the oil Monarchies throughout the region - in the Emirates, Kuwait and to a lessor degree, Bahrain.
Saudi Arabian citizens enjoy a pretty posh life, and national health & education statistics reflect it. The laborers, not so much.
I agree with your comments in that post. I still think Saudi Arabia does have a problem with the Sharia law and all, and while I do see that as oppressive, I do agree that Saudi citizens have a rather posh life.
It’s that rather posh life and the Saudi’s willingness to work with the West that caused me to state that it was rather enlightened. Compared to the West, hell no, but by Middle-Eastern standards the populace is living a cut above IMO.
As with Egypt, my take on Saudi Arabia is that change will not improve the life-styles of it’s populace. I could very well be wrong. We’ll see.
I do appreciate you voicing your alternative views on the matter.