Saudi Arabia

Country Saudi Arabia
Capital Riyadh
Continent Asia
Currency Saudi Riyal(SAR)
Languages Arabic

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Introduction

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam's two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina. The king's official title is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The modern Saudi state was founded in 1932 by ABD AL-AZIZ bin Abd al-Rahman Al SAUD (Ibn Saud) after a 30-year campaign to unify most of the Arabian Peninsula. A male descendent of Ibn Saud, his son ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz, rules the country today as required by the country's 1992 Basic Law. Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia accepted the Kuwaiti royal family and 400,000 refugees while allowing Western and Arab troops to deploy on its soil for the liberation of Kuwait the following year. The continuing presence of foreign troops on Saudi soil after the liberation of Kuwait became a source of tension between the royal family and the public until all operational US troops left the country in 2003. Major terrorist attacks in May and November 2003 spurred a strong on-going campaign against domestic terrorism and extremism. King ABDALLAH has continued the cautious reform program begun when he was crown prince. To promote increased political participation, the government held elections nationwide from February through April 2005 for half the members of 179 municipal councils. In December 2005, King ABDALLAH completed the process by appointing the remaining members of the advisory municipal councils. The king instituted an Inter-Faith Dialogue initiative in 2008 to encourage religious tolerance on a global level; in February 2009, he reshuffled the cabinet, which led to more moderates holding ministerial and judicial positions, and appointed the first female to the cabinet. The country remains a leading producer of oil and natural gas and holds more than 20% of the world's proven oil reserves. The government continues to pursue economic reform and diversification, particularly since Saudi Arabia's accession to the WTO in December 2005, and promotes foreign investment in the kingdom. A burgeoning population, aquifer depletion, and an economy largely dependent on petroleum output and prices are all ongoing governmental concerns.

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Maiden India, Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council on cards during Modi's Riyadh visit - Economic Times
  1. Maiden India, Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council on cards during Modi's Riyadh visit  Economic Times
  2. Trump's Deployment of Troops to Saudi Arabia Won't Make Up for Abandoning Syria and Letting Iran Launch Attacks With Impunity  Foreign Policy
  3. Trump Shouldn't Be Sending American Troops to Saudi Arabia  The National Interest Online
  4. Is Iran Considering An Attack On Saudi Arabia  OilPrice.com
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Saudi Arabia warms to Russia's embrace - BBC News
  1. Saudi Arabia warms to Russia's embrace  BBC News
  2. Putin visits Saudi Arabia in sign of growing ties  Al Jazeera English
  3. Putin Heads to Saudi Arabia, Offers Himself as Peacemaker  VOA News
  4. Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal  Moneycontrol.com
  5. Saudi Arabia Visit Signals Vladimir Putin's Growing Middle East Influence  News18
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Saudi Arabia’s privatisation goals fall short on progress - Financial TimesSaudi Arabia’s privatisation goals fall short on progress  Financial Times

Saudi Arabia vows to promote moderate values - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia vows to promote moderate values  Arabnews

Analysis | Saudi Arabia's Best Bet Is to Crash the Price of Oil - Washington PostAnalysis | Saudi Arabia's Best Bet Is to Crash the Price of Oil  Washington Post

How businesses are silenced by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia - AxiosHow businesses are silenced by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia  Axios

Saudi Arabia tourism: So what is there to see? - BBC NewsSaudi Arabia tourism: So what is there to see?  BBC News

US Publication Throws Luxury Saudi Yacht Party Near Anniversary of Khashoggi Murder - The Daily BeastUS Publication Throws Luxury Saudi Yacht Party Near Anniversary of Khashoggi Murder  The Daily Beast

Women’s Rights Reforms in Saudi Arabia under Mohammed bin Salman - International Policy DigestWomen’s Rights Reforms in Saudi Arabia under Mohammed bin Salman  International Policy Digest

35 Killed, 4 Critically Injured As Bus Carrying Asian, Arab Nationals Crashes in Saudi Arabia - News1835 Killed, 4 Critically Injured As Bus Carrying Asian, Arab Nationals Crashes in Saudi Arabia  News18

How is Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry impacting the region? - CGTN AmericaHow is Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry impacting the region?  CGTN America

Saudi Arabia and Iran may finally be ready for rapprochement - Al Jazeera EnglishSaudi Arabia and Iran may finally be ready for rapprochement  Al Jazeera English

How real is Saudi Arabia's interest in renewable energy? - The GuardianHow real is Saudi Arabia's interest in renewable energy?  The Guardian

MEA ascertaining details of Indians involved in Saudi Arabia bus crash - India TodayMEA ascertaining details of Indians involved in Saudi Arabia bus crash  India Today

European countries halted arm exports to Turkey but why haven't they done the same for Saudi Arabia? - EuronewsEuropean countries halted arm exports to Turkey but why haven't they done the same for Saudi Arabia?  Euronews

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Europe's 'double standard' in arms sales - Al Jazeera EnglishTurkey, Saudi Arabia and Europe's 'double standard' in arms sales  Al Jazeera English

VFS TasHeel to Process Tourist Visas for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 30 Countries - PRNewswireVFS TasHeel to Process Tourist Visas for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 30 Countries  PRNewswire

Silicon Valley might not reject Saudi Arabia’s money but it’s rejecting its conference after Jamal Khashoggi’… - Vox.comSilicon Valley might not reject Saudi Arabia’s money but it’s rejecting its conference after Jamal Khashoggi’…  Vox.com

Saudi Arabia oil attacks: US to deploy thousands of extra troops - BBC NewsSaudi Arabia oil attacks: US to deploy thousands of extra troops  BBC News

Saudi Crown Prince preparing 'third bid' for Manchester United - Daily MailSaudi Crown Prince preparing 'third bid' for Manchester United  Daily Mail

Saudi Arabia to allow unmarried foreign men and women to share hotel rooms - The GuardianSaudi Arabia to allow unmarried foreign men and women to share hotel rooms  The Guardian

Saudi Arabia Is Racing to Become a High-Tech Hub, and China Is Ready to Join In - Foreign PolicySaudi Arabia Is Racing to Become a High-Tech Hub, and China Is Ready to Join In  Foreign Policy

The Undertaker spotted with Vince McMahon in Saudi Arabia amid WWE Crown Jewel speculation - Mirror OnlineThe Undertaker spotted with Vince McMahon in Saudi Arabia amid WWE Crown Jewel speculation  Mirror Online

35 dead, 4 injured in traffic accident in Saudi Arabia's Medina province: SPA - Reuters35 dead, 4 injured in traffic accident in Saudi Arabia's Medina province: SPA  Reuters

US to deploy 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia - Al Jazeera EnglishUS to deploy 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia  Al Jazeera English

K-pop group BTS criticised for Saudi Arabia concert - The GuardianK-pop group BTS criticised for Saudi Arabia concert  The Guardian

Euronews Living | An unfiltered guide to getting around in Saudi Arabia (as a foreigner) - EuronewsEuronews Living | An unfiltered guide to getting around in Saudi Arabia (as a foreigner)  Euronews

Saudi Arabia Opens Kingdom to Foreign Tourists - The Wall Street JournalSaudi Arabia Opens Kingdom to Foreign Tourists  The Wall Street Journal

The Instagram influencers hired to rehabilitate Saudi Arabia's image - The GuardianThe Instagram influencers hired to rehabilitate Saudi Arabia's image  The Guardian

Saudi Arabia expected to sign off on long-awaited IPO this week - Financial TimesSaudi Arabia expected to sign off on long-awaited IPO this week  Financial Times

Saudi Arabia rules women can join the army - Aljazeera.comSaudi Arabia rules women can join the army  Aljazeera.com

Saudi Arabia to enhance anti-terror cooperation with India: Envoy - Economic TimesSaudi Arabia to enhance anti-terror cooperation with India: Envoy  Economic Times

Saudi Arabia: We are undergoing an unprecedented transformation - USA TODAYSaudi Arabia: We are undergoing an unprecedented transformation  USA TODAY

Some booed Saudi-Palestinian soccer match in West Bank even before it started - The Washington PostSome booed Saudi-Palestinian soccer match in West Bank even before it started  The Washington Post

Saudi Arabia Venture Investor Considers Second $500 Million Fund - BloombergSaudi Arabia Venture Investor Considers Second $500 Million Fund  Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia turns to influencers to give nation's image a makeover - CampaignLiveSaudi Arabia turns to influencers to give nation's image a makeover  CampaignLive

Saudi Arabia has a great deal more to lose from a war than Iran does - CNNSaudi Arabia has a great deal more to lose from a war than Iran does  CNN

In Saudi Arabia, criticism of MBS increases after oil attack - Al Jazeera EnglishIn Saudi Arabia, criticism of MBS increases after oil attack  Al Jazeera English

Houthis claim to have killed 500 Saudi soldiers in major attack - The GuardianHouthis claim to have killed 500 Saudi soldiers in major attack  The Guardian

Saudi Arabia waives fees on expats working in industrial sector - Economic TimesSaudi Arabia waives fees on expats working in industrial sector  Economic Times

BTS: K-pop band perform in Saudi Arabia despite criticism - BBC NewsBTS: K-pop band perform in Saudi Arabia despite criticism  BBC News

Saudi Arabia oil attacks: US to send troops to Saudi Arabia - BBC NewsSaudi Arabia oil attacks: US to send troops to Saudi Arabia  BBC News

Trump Orders Troops and Weapons to Saudi Arabia in Message of Deterrence to Iran - The Indian ExpressTrump Orders Troops and Weapons to Saudi Arabia in Message of Deterrence to Iran  The Indian Express

Saudi Arabia's bear hug - Petroleum EconomistSaudi Arabia's bear hug  Petroleum Economist

Desert X donor withdraws support to protest Saudi Arabia show - Los Angeles TimesDesert X donor withdraws support to protest Saudi Arabia show  Los Angeles Times

Pentagon to Deploy Around 2,000 Additional Troops to Saudi Arabia - The Wall Street JournalPentagon to Deploy Around 2,000 Additional Troops to Saudi Arabia  The Wall Street Journal

Canon committed to Saudi Arabia's future advancement - Saudi GazetteCanon committed to Saudi Arabia's future advancement  Saudi Gazette

Schengen Visa Holders Now Eligible for Saudi Arabia's Tourist e-Visa - SchengenVisaInfo.comSchengen Visa Holders Now Eligible for Saudi Arabia's Tourist e-Visa  SchengenVisaInfo.com

Saudi Arabia allows foreign men and women to share hotel rooms - India TodaySaudi Arabia allows foreign men and women to share hotel rooms  India Today

Iran, Saudi Arabia Reportedly in Contact, Despite Official Saudi Denial - VOA NewsIran, Saudi Arabia Reportedly in Contact, Despite Official Saudi Denial  VOA News

Saudi Arabia welcomes 24,000 tourists in 10 days - Aljazeera.comSaudi Arabia welcomes 24,000 tourists in 10 days  Aljazeera.com

Saudi Arabia opens tourist visas to U.S., European visa holders - ReutersSaudi Arabia opens tourist visas to U.S., European visa holders  Reuters

With Chips Down, Saudi Arabia Finds Little Goodwill in the U.S. - The Wall Street JournalWith Chips Down, Saudi Arabia Finds Little Goodwill in the U.S.  The Wall Street Journal

Since Khashoggi's Death, Saudi Arabia Struggles To Repair Its Reputation - NPRSince Khashoggi's Death, Saudi Arabia Struggles To Repair Its Reputation  NPR

Saudi Arabia urges its citizens not to travel to Lebanon - Saudi GazetteSaudi Arabia urges its citizens not to travel to Lebanon  Saudi Gazette

Iran’s Expanded Missile Arsenal Presents Challenge for U.S., Saudi Arabia - The Wall Street JournalIran’s Expanded Missile Arsenal Presents Challenge for U.S., Saudi Arabia  The Wall Street Journal

Saudi Arabia opens tourism to ancient biblical sites: 'The atmosphere is changing' - Fox NewsSaudi Arabia opens tourism to ancient biblical sites: 'The atmosphere is changing'  Fox News

Congress must push for a 'Gold Standard' nuclear agreement with Saudi Arabia | TheHill - The HillCongress must push for a 'Gold Standard' nuclear agreement with Saudi Arabia | TheHill  The Hill

Saudi Arabia seeks to ease path for foreign listings - Financial TimesSaudi Arabia seeks to ease path for foreign listings  Financial Times

Uncovering secrets of mystery civilization in Saudi Arabia - BBC NewsUncovering secrets of mystery civilization in Saudi Arabia  BBC News

Jackie Chan says he wants to make films in Saudi Arabia - South China Morning PostJackie Chan says he wants to make films in Saudi Arabia  South China Morning Post

BTS says decision to hold concert in Saudi Arabia wasn't easy - CNNBTS says decision to hold concert in Saudi Arabia wasn't easy  CNN

Influencers Face Criticism for Saudi Arabia Travel #Ads - The New York TimesInfluencers Face Criticism for Saudi Arabia Travel #Ads  The New York Times

Saudi Arabia Received Distress Call From Iran Tanker, SPA Says - BloombergSaudi Arabia Received Distress Call From Iran Tanker, SPA Says  Bloomberg

The U.S. Is 'Getting Out of the Mideast' By Sending 3,000 Troops To Saudi Arabia - JalopnikThe U.S. Is 'Getting Out of the Mideast' By Sending 3,000 Troops To Saudi Arabia  Jalopnik

Saudi Arabia's Bid For Middle Eastern Supremacy Isn't Going Quite As Planned - The National Interest OnlineSaudi Arabia's Bid For Middle Eastern Supremacy Isn't Going Quite As Planned  The National Interest Online

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon - ArabnewsSaudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia, Iran take steps towards indirect talks: Report - Al Jazeera EnglishSaudi Arabia, Iran take steps towards indirect talks: Report  Al Jazeera English

Assaily: Palestinian Governmental Delegation to Visit Saudi Arabia Soon - Asharq Al-awsat EnglishAssaily: Palestinian Governmental Delegation to Visit Saudi Arabia Soon  Asharq Al-awsat English

Douha Abdullah Al Otaishan: meet Saudi Arabia's first female head chef - The NationalDouha Abdullah Al Otaishan: meet Saudi Arabia's first female head chef  The National

Imran Khan likely to visit Saudi Arabia, Iran to defuse Middle East tensions - India TodayImran Khan likely to visit Saudi Arabia, Iran to defuse Middle East tensions  India Today

UNESCO Selects Saudi Arabia for Setting up Regional Center for Dialogue, Peace - Asharq Al-awsat EnglishUNESCO Selects Saudi Arabia for Setting up Regional Center for Dialogue, Peace  Asharq Al-awsat English

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry urges its citizens not to travel to Lebanon - SPA - ReutersSaudi Arabia's foreign ministry urges its citizens not to travel to Lebanon - SPA  Reuters

A catering firm in Saudi Arabia tackles obesity from school level - ArabnewsA catering firm in Saudi Arabia tackles obesity from school level  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War - The New York TimesSaudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War  The New York Times

US to deploy additional 1,800 troops to Saudi Arabia - CNNUS to deploy additional 1,800 troops to Saudi Arabia  CNN

New U.S. Aid to Saudi Arabia Will Include 200 Troops - The New York TimesNew U.S. Aid to Saudi Arabia Will Include 200 Troops  The New York Times

More than 30 pilgrims killed in traffic accident in Saudi Arabia - The NationalMore than 30 pilgrims killed in traffic accident in Saudi Arabia  The National

The attacks on Aramco could hurt Saudi Arabia in the long term - Al Jazeera EnglishThe attacks on Aramco could hurt Saudi Arabia in the long term  Al Jazeera English

The Undertaker pulled from WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia - Mirror OnlineThe Undertaker pulled from WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia  Mirror Online

Saudi Arabia warns citizens against travelling to Lebanon - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaSaudi Arabia warns citizens against travelling to Lebanon - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Saudi Arabia says it seeks removal of Sudan from US terror list - Aljazeera.comSaudi Arabia says it seeks removal of Sudan from US terror list  Aljazeera.com

Iran says missiles strike its oil tanker off Saudi Arabia - The Associated PressIran says missiles strike its oil tanker off Saudi Arabia  The Associated Press

Saudi Arabia Business Survey 2019: Fixed & Mobile Services, Cloud, Security, Technology-Led Automation, and the Key Implications for Operators - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business WireSaudi Arabia Business Survey 2019: Fixed & Mobile Services, Cloud, Security, Technology-Led Automation, and the Key Implications for Operators - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

Shah Rukh Khan says 'salam alaikum' and 'thank you' to Saudi Arabia - The NationalShah Rukh Khan says 'salam alaikum' and 'thank you' to Saudi Arabia  The National

Saudi Arabia says it is not behind Iranian tanker struck in Red Sea - ReutersSaudi Arabia says it is not behind Iranian tanker struck in Red Sea  Reuters

Saudi Arabia: Mohamed Bin Salman faces the world alone - The Africa ReportSaudi Arabia: Mohamed Bin Salman faces the world alone  The Africa Report

20 things that could land you in trouble as a tourist in Saudi Arabia - INSIDER20 things that could land you in trouble as a tourist in Saudi Arabia  INSIDER

Saudi Arabia: All you need to know about Riyadh Season - Gulf NewsSaudi Arabia: All you need to know about Riyadh Season  Gulf News

UAE, Saudi Arabia warn citizens in Lebanon after protests - Anadolu AgencyUAE, Saudi Arabia warn citizens in Lebanon after protests  Anadolu Agency

Trump's curious defense for deploying more troops to Saudi Arabia - MSNBCTrump's curious defense for deploying more troops to Saudi Arabia  MSNBC

Saudi Arabia accuses Australia of racism in extraordinary UN broadside - The GuardianSaudi Arabia accuses Australia of racism in extraordinary UN broadside  The Guardian

Trump admin sending thousands more U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia - NBCNews.comTrump admin sending thousands more U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia  NBCNews.com

'Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel' in Saudi Arabia as part of Riyadh season - Egypttoday'Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel' in Saudi Arabia as part of Riyadh season  Egypttoday

Saudi Arabia has sent messages to Iran's president: Iran government - ReutersSaudi Arabia has sent messages to Iran's president: Iran government  Reuters

Qatar and Saudi Arabia progress at Asian men's handball Tokyo 2020 qualifier - Insidethegames.bizQatar and Saudi Arabia progress at Asian men's handball Tokyo 2020 qualifier  Insidethegames.biz

UN Yemen envoy welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia - The GuardianUN Yemen envoy welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia  The Guardian

Saudi Arabia, other Middle East countries warn citizens after protests erupt in Lebanon - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia, other Middle East countries warn citizens after protests erupt in Lebanon  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia bans livestock imports from Sudan and Djibouti over RVF fears - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia bans livestock imports from Sudan and Djibouti over RVF fears  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia’s oil output bounces back after attacks - Financial TimesSaudi Arabia’s oil output bounces back after attacks  Financial Times