Saudis lead Mideast space tourist race

[Yes, I’m trying to get back into the blogging game here again. Thanks for your patience.]

A report by the Arab news channel Al Arabiya notes that more Saudis have signed up for Virgin Galactic flights than from any other nation in the middle East. The article doesn’t provide any hard numbers, but states that Kuwait and the UAE follow Saudi Arabia in numbers of their citizens who have signed up with Virgin. That shouldn’t be that surprising, since all three nations are relatively wealthy, and Saudi Arabia has vastly more people than either: more than 10 times more citizens than Kuwait, for example. What would be more interesting to know is, on a per capita basis, which of these three countries would be in the lead, and how they would stack up against the US, UK, and other nations.

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