Saudi Arabia's mining strategy is expected to nearly quadruple the mining sector's contribution to the GPD by 2030, from $17 billion to $64 billion, a report said. Saudi Vision 2030 has embarked to create 25,000 jobs in the mining sector, and seeks to nearly quadruple the sector's GDP contribution.
Mineral deposits in Saudi Arabia are widespread and of many types, ranging from gold to lightweight aggregate.
The bulk of metallic mineral resources are contained in Precambrian rocks of the Arabian shield, in the western part of the country.
Non-metallic resources are contained in both Precambrian rocks and Phanerozoic rocks that overlie the Arabian shield in the central and northern parts of the country.
The main metallic mineral resources include:
The main non-metallic resources include:
• High-grade silica sand
• Feldspar and nepheline syenite
• Basalt and scoria
• Gypsum and anhydrite
• Limestone and dolomite
• Ornamental stone