In another fire incident in June, 2018, two Bangladeshi workers were killed in a factory fire in Riyadh. The deceased were identified as Kamrul Islam, 38, and Yasin alias Fakir, 39 — both hailing from Comilla’s Chouddagram Upazila.
Before that on May, 2014, eleven people were burnt to death in a factory fire in Saudi Arabia. Nine of them were Bangladeshis.
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is one of the most popular destinations for Bangladeshis seeking works abroad.
Even when the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill and battered economies, 161,726 Bangladeshis went to Saudi Arabia for work, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET). The number represents 74.3 percent of the total manpower exported from Bangladesh last year.
Between 1976 and 2019, as many as 4,049,588 (31.39 percent) Bangladeshis went to the kingdom for work, BMET data show.
Saudi Arabia is the biggest source of remittance for Bangladesh. Last year, Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia sent back US$5,128.48 million or 23.58 percent of the total remittance Bangladesh received in 2020.