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This week on Marketplace Middle East

Thousands protest in Jordan demanding "bread and freedom," and for the government to resign, on January 21.
Thousands protest in Jordan demanding "bread and freedom," and for the government to resign, on January 21.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Even in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, increasing food costs and unemployment are pressing issues
  • Tensions have been high in Jordan, after weeks of protests
  • MME looks at high poverty, unemployment and a large budget deficit in Jordan

(CNN) -- In focus: Saudi's economic woes

Despite ongoing protests in Yemen, Algeria and Iran, many believe that the oil-producing economies in the Gulf are immune due to higher oil prices and a greater spending power.

This week MME takes a look at how even in the oil -rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, increasing food costs and unemployment have become pressing issues forcing the government to respond.

In focus: Jordan's hard times

Tensions have also been high in Jordan, after weeks of protests over political and economic reforms, King Abdullah dismissed his government and appointed a new prime minister.

This week MME takes a look at Jordan's economic realities of high poverty, unemployment and a large budget deficit.

Watch the show this week at the times (GMT) below:

Friday: 0915, 1745
Saturday: 0445
Sunday: 0615,1745
Mondays: 0145

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