Indians in Saudi Arabia

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Indians in Saudi Arabia
Total population
3,000,000[1][2] (2016, est.)
Regions with significant populations
Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Jubail, Jizan
Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, English

Indians in Saudi Arabia are the largest community of expatriates in Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to manage and organize the recruitment of domestic workers in January 2014. Between then and April 2016, 500,000 Indians moved to Saudi Arabia for employment. The agreement includes a provision which stipulates that sponsors must pay a guarantee of US $2,500 for each Indian worker they recruit.[1]

As of 2015, there are an estimated 3,000,000 Indian citizens residing in Saudi Arabia.[1][2]


The following table shows the estimated population of Indians in Saudi Arabia since 1975.

Year Population
1975 34,500[3]
1979 100,000[3]
1983 270,000[3]
1987 380,000[3]
1991 351,000[3]
1999 700,000[3]
2000 1,000,000[3]
2004 1,300,000[4]
2015 3,000,000[1][2]


Indian curriculum schools in Saudi Arabia include:

Notable individuals[edit]

The following is a list of notable Indians who have lived in Saudi Arabia:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "500K Indian workers arrive in 16 months". Arab News. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "PM Modi's Saudi Agenda Big On Oil And Indian Workers". NDTV. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Report of the High Level Committee on the Indian Diaspo" (PDF). Retrieved 28 April 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Arab versus Asian migrant workers in the GCC countries" (PDF). p. 10.