14 November 2008

Saudi Arabia Spends $3.5 Billion to Buy Gold in the Past Two Weeks

Gulf News
Gold demand rises in Saudi Arabia
By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent
November 12, 2008, 23:42

Riyadh: There has been an unprecedented demand for gold in the Saudi market recently, with over 13 billion Saudi riyals (equivalent to US $3,466,667,946) (Dh12.75 billion) being spent on the yellow metal during the last two weeks.

Demand is expected to rise still higher as more investors turn to gold as a safe haven in the midst of the global financial crisis, according to market sources.

Sami Al Mohna, an expert on the gold market, said the trend had resulted in a substantial rise in the gold reserves of Saudi investors....