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Researcher Faisal bin Abdullah Abou Hammoud has completed his Master’s thesis entitled “Slum Quarters in Various Cities of the Kingdom” under the supervision of Dr. Khaled M. Aljammaz, director of KSU’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Foundation Chair for Developmental Housing.

Abou Hammoud’s data was based upon conditions in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, and the thesis aimed to identify the social, demographic, economic, and residential characteristics of populations in blighted neighborhoods and districts..

The researcher used field surveys of 374 families living in slum dwellings in the above-mentioned cities to reach several conclusions, notably that low-income populations in such areas have large families, include a large number of migrants from rural areas and find difficulty affording average Saudi housing; subsequently, these people must live in tenement housing, often squatting in uninhabited homes.

The researcher presented a series of recommendations to alleviate the problem of slum dwellers.

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Foundation Chair for Developmental Housing was founded in KSU in April 2008.

According to a March 2010 report, the number of people living in slum conditions has increased by 51 million during the past 10 years, despite global efforts to halt poverty, and reached 828 million by 2010.