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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Saudi Arabia announces 24 more COVID-19 deaths - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia announces 24 more COVID-19 deaths  Arabnews

Arab coalition intercepts 2 Houthi drones fired towards Saudi Arabia - ArabnewsArab coalition intercepts 2 Houthi drones fired towards Saudi Arabia  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia reports 1,869 new COVID-19 cases, tally near 90,000 - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaSaudi Arabia reports 1,869 new COVID-19 cases, tally near 90,000 - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

UN, Saudi Arabia seek to raise $2.41bn for war-torn Yemen - Al Jazeera EnglishUN, Saudi Arabia seek to raise $2.41bn for war-torn Yemen  Al Jazeera English

Number of COVID-19 recoveries in Saudi Arabia reaches 64306 - ArabnewsNumber of COVID-19 recoveries in Saudi Arabia reaches 64306  Arabnews

Why Saudi Arabia Is Desperate To Extend OPEC Cuts - OilPrice.comWhy Saudi Arabia Is Desperate To Extend OPEC Cuts  OilPrice.com

Saudi Arabia's first independent sewage treatment plant reaches financial close - Arab NewsSaudi Arabia's first independent sewage treatment plant reaches financial close  Arab News

Raj workers stuck in Saudi Arabia seek help to return - Times of IndiaRaj workers stuck in Saudi Arabia seek help to return  Times of India

Governor of Saudi Arabia's Qassim province review coronavirus measures - Arab NewsGovernor of Saudi Arabia's Qassim province review coronavirus measures  Arab News

Saudi Arabia may raise July oil prices to Asia: Survey - Economic TimesSaudi Arabia may raise July oil prices to Asia: Survey  Economic Times

Hospital drive-through in Saudi Arabia is sweet medicine for patients - Arab NewsHospital drive-through in Saudi Arabia is sweet medicine for patients  Arab News

Indonesia stops hajj pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia this year - Nikkei Asian ReviewIndonesia stops hajj pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia this year  Nikkei Asian Review

Documentary reveals the history of Saudi Arabia's battle against diseases - ArabnewsDocumentary reveals the history of Saudi Arabia's battle against diseases  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia to host contemporary art biennale - Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA)Saudi Arabia to host contemporary art biennale  Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA)

Arab coalition says intercepted 2 Houthi drones fired towards Saudi Arabia - Arab NewsArab coalition says intercepted 2 Houthi drones fired towards Saudi Arabia  Arab News

156 women and men appointed to Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution - Arabnews156 women and men appointed to Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution  Arabnews

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further - ArabnewsPreventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia: Just how deep are its troubles? - BBC NewsSaudi Arabia: Just how deep are its troubles?  BBC News

Saudi Arabia faces growing Western pressure to release jailed prince | Daily Sabah - Daily SabahSaudi Arabia faces growing Western pressure to release jailed prince | Daily Sabah  Daily Sabah

Saudi Arabia to Pump $13 Billion Into Banks to Offset Twin Shock - BloombergSaudi Arabia to Pump $13 Billion Into Banks to Offset Twin Shock  Bloomberg

Saudi mosques ready to receive worshippers: Minister - ArabnewsSaudi mosques ready to receive worshippers: Minister  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia's foreign reserves fall sharply - MarketWatchSaudi Arabia's foreign reserves fall sharply  MarketWatch

In Saudi Arabia, investments in digital infrastructure are paying off - World Bank GroupIn Saudi Arabia, investments in digital infrastructure are paying off  World Bank Group

Pentagon confirms its 'long-term' commitment with Saudi Arabia - ArabnewsPentagon confirms its 'long-term' commitment with Saudi Arabia  Arabnews

Coronavirus: Famous mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem - BBC NewsCoronavirus: Famous mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem  BBC News

How Saudi piracy station beoutQ could sink Newcastle takeover bid - Aljazeera.comHow Saudi piracy station beoutQ could sink Newcastle takeover bid  Aljazeera.com

Saudi Reopens Mosques After Over 2 Months With Strict Regulations - NDTVSaudi Reopens Mosques After Over 2 Months With Strict Regulations  NDTV

How Saudi Arabia's air transport sector can overcome the coronavirus setback - ArabnewsHow Saudi Arabia's air transport sector can overcome the coronavirus setback  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia confirms Yemen donors' conference with UN next week - Al Jazeera EnglishSaudi Arabia confirms Yemen donors' conference with UN next week  Al Jazeera English

COVID-19 Update – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia #8 | Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - JD SupraCOVID-19 Update – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia #8 | Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP  JD Supra

Saudi Arabia: Free Adult Children of Ex-Official - Human Rights WatchSaudi Arabia: Free Adult Children of Ex-Official  Human Rights Watch

Saudi wealth fund rethinks plan to change $10bn loan terms - Aljazeera.comSaudi wealth fund rethinks plan to change $10bn loan terms  Aljazeera.com

Saudi Arabia accused of 'destroying history' as Newcastle United takeover stalls - Express.co.ukSaudi Arabia accused of 'destroying history' as Newcastle United takeover stalls  Express.co.uk

Wives detect polygamy: Divorces up 30% in Saudi Arabia - Saudi GazetteWives detect polygamy: Divorces up 30% in Saudi Arabia  Saudi Gazette

Saudi Arabia Concerned with Growing Number of Virus Infections among Elderly - Asharq Al-awsat - EnglishSaudi Arabia Concerned with Growing Number of Virus Infections among Elderly  Asharq Al-awsat - English

Saudi doctor's message of hope after beating COVID-19 - ArabnewsSaudi doctor's message of hope after beating COVID-19  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait report new deaths from COVID-19 - Anadolu AgencySaudi Arabia, Kuwait report new deaths from COVID-19  Anadolu Agency

Saudi Arabia & Dubai to allow employees to return to offices; reopening offices from 14 June - Retail & Leisure InternationalSaudi Arabia & Dubai to allow employees to return to offices; reopening offices from 14 June  Retail & Leisure International

Saudi Arabia and Russia in talks on new anti-COVID-19 treatment - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia and Russia in talks on new anti-COVID-19 treatment  Arabnews

Trump Administration Seeks to Sell More Arms to Saudi Arabia - The Wall Street JournalTrump Administration Seeks to Sell More Arms to Saudi Arabia  The Wall Street Journal

Saudi Arabia records more COVID-19 recoveries than infections in past 24 hours - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia records more COVID-19 recoveries than infections in past 24 hours  Arabnews

Covid-19: SAMA to pump $13.3bn into Saudi Arabian banking system - VerdictCovid-19: SAMA to pump $13.3bn into Saudi Arabian banking system  Verdict

Fresh bids to end Gulf rift as row drags on into 4th year - Gulf NewsFresh bids to end Gulf rift as row drags on into 4th year  Gulf News

Trump Officials Consider Defying Congress to Sell More Weapons to Saudi Arabia - The New York TimesTrump Officials Consider Defying Congress to Sell More Weapons to Saudi Arabia  The New York Times

Saudi Arabia in 'secret' talks with Israel over control of Al-Aqsa - Middle East MonitorSaudi Arabia in 'secret' talks with Israel over control of Al-Aqsa  Middle East Monitor

Virgin Mobile names new CEO for Saudi Arabia - Tahawul TechVirgin Mobile names new CEO for Saudi Arabia  Tahawul Tech

Saudi woman's pioneering efforts to improve mental health in KSA - Arab NewsSaudi woman's pioneering efforts to improve mental health in KSA  Arab News

Saudi Arabia extends tourist visas for 3 months for free - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia extends tourist visas for 3 months for free  Arabnews

COVID-19: Revised guidelines set for social gatherings in Saudi Arabia - Gulf NewsCOVID-19: Revised guidelines set for social gatherings in Saudi Arabia  Gulf News

Trump seeks new arms deal with Saudi Arabia, says key senator - DefenseNews.comTrump seeks new arms deal with Saudi Arabia, says key senator  DefenseNews.com

Positive Saudi Arabia-Iraq relations require dialogue and mutual trust - Arab NewsPositive Saudi Arabia-Iraq relations require dialogue and mutual trust  Arab News

Saudi Arabia has its own Banksy - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia has its own Banksy  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia's Mawhiba announces tests for math contest - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia's Mawhiba announces tests for math contest  Arabnews

How John Brennan and Mike Pompeo Left the U.S. Blind to Saudi Problems - POLITICOHow John Brennan and Mike Pompeo Left the U.S. Blind to Saudi Problems  POLITICO

US and Saudi Arabia: No free rides please! - The Financial ExpressUS and Saudi Arabia: No free rides please!  The Financial Express

COVID-19: Divorces up 30% in Saudi Arabia as women find out husbands married others in secret - Gulf NewsCOVID-19: Divorces up 30% in Saudi Arabia as women find out husbands married others in secret  Gulf News

The Radical Remake of Saudi Arabia - BloombergThe Radical Remake of Saudi Arabia  Bloomberg

Uber Medics launches in Saudi Arabia - ArabnewsUber Medics launches in Saudi Arabia  Arabnews

What We Are Eating Today: Saudi Arabia's Pao: healthy food with a bohemian vibe - ArabnewsWhat We Are Eating Today: Saudi Arabia's Pao: healthy food with a bohemian vibe  Arabnews

First Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia - ArabnewsFirst Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia using electronic bracelets to battle COVID-19 - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia using electronic bracelets to battle COVID-19  Arabnews

Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority to quarantine banknotes for up to 20 days - ArabnewsSaudi Arabian Monetary Authority to quarantine banknotes for up to 20 days  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia faces a double crisis and people are waking up to a harsh new reality - ThePrintSaudi Arabia faces a double crisis and people are waking up to a harsh new reality  ThePrint

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia's Najran - ArabnewsArab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia's Najran  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia with a rich history and home to archeological treasures - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia with a rich history and home to archeological treasures  Arabnews

Old Video From Texas Shared as ‘Bird Attack in Saudi Arabia’ - The QuintOld Video From Texas Shared as ‘Bird Attack in Saudi Arabia’  The Quint

Number of COVID-19 recoveries rises to 31634 in Saudi Arabia - ArabnewsNumber of COVID-19 recoveries rises to 31634 in Saudi Arabia  Arabnews

2016 Video Of Birds Swarming A Texas Supermarket Shared As Saudi Arabia - BOOM2016 Video Of Birds Swarming A Texas Supermarket Shared As Saudi Arabia  BOOM

Why Saudi Arabia is on shopping spree, payback time for Thailand’s rich & other Covid news - ThePrintWhy Saudi Arabia is on shopping spree, payback time for Thailand’s rich & other Covid news  ThePrint

Six killed in Saudi Arabia in shooting incident: state news agency - ReutersSix killed in Saudi Arabia in shooting incident: state news agency  Reuters

Virgin Mobile appoints new CEO for Saudi Arabia - ITP.netVirgin Mobile appoints new CEO for Saudi Arabia  ITP.net

Saudi Arabia bankruptcy panel receives 381 liquidation requests from firms - Gulf NewsSaudi Arabia bankruptcy panel receives 381 liquidation requests from firms  Gulf News

Tale of three seeding patterns of SARS-CoV-2 in Saudi Arabia - The LancetTale of three seeding patterns of SARS-CoV-2 in Saudi Arabia  The Lancet

Over 19k criminal court sessions held online in Saudi Arabia - ArabnewsOver 19k criminal court sessions held online in Saudi Arabia  Arabnews

US $245m ‘first of its kind’ Independent sewage treatment plant to be constructed in Saudi Arabia - Construction ReviewUS $245m ‘first of its kind’ Independent sewage treatment plant to be constructed in Saudi Arabia  Construction Review

Saudi Arabia announces 16 more deaths from COVID-19 as restrictions partially eased - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia announces 16 more deaths from COVID-19 as restrictions partially eased  Arabnews

Leaked conversation: Libya’s Gaddafi sought to replace Saudi Arabia’s ruling family - The Africa ReportLeaked conversation: Libya’s Gaddafi sought to replace Saudi Arabia’s ruling family  The Africa Report

Saudi Arabia to Ease Lockdown With Local Travel, Mass Prayers - BloombergSaudi Arabia to Ease Lockdown With Local Travel, Mass Prayers  Bloomberg

As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home - The New York TimesAs Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home  The New York Times

Prof. Tariq Ahmed Madani, Saudi academic - Arab NewsProf. Tariq Ahmed Madani, Saudi academic  Arab News

Covid-19: Dubai and Saudi Arabia Allow Offices to Reopen - BloombergCovid-19: Dubai and Saudi Arabia Allow Offices to Reopen  Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia's COVID-19 cases exceed 52000 - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia's COVID-19 cases exceed 52000  Arabnews

We'll beat this: Crown prince vows Saudi Arabia will overcome virus pandemic - ArabnewsWe'll beat this: Crown prince vows Saudi Arabia will overcome virus pandemic  Arabnews

Saudi Arabia Suspends Two Mortgage-Support Programs Amid Crisis - BloombergSaudi Arabia Suspends Two Mortgage-Support Programs Amid Crisis  Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia announces 9 more deaths from COVID-19 - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia announces 9 more deaths from COVID-19  Arabnews

‘It’s being built on our blood’: the true cost of Saudi Arabia’s $500bn megacity - The Guardian‘It’s being built on our blood’: the true cost of Saudi Arabia’s $500bn megacity  The Guardian

Shooting in Saudi Arabia leaves six dead - The NationalShooting in Saudi Arabia leaves six dead  The National

Government doubles flights for Saudi Arabia: Zulfikar Bukhari - The NationGovernment doubles flights for Saudi Arabia: Zulfikar Bukhari  The Nation

Andhraites stranded in Saudi Arabia seek help - The New Indian ExpressAndhraites stranded in Saudi Arabia seek help  The New Indian Express

In pictures: Saudi Arabia reopens mosques for prayers - ArabianBusiness.comIn pictures: Saudi Arabia reopens mosques for prayers  ArabianBusiness.com

Saudi Arabia, Hit With Oil Collapse and Coronavirus, Tosses Lifelines - The Wall Street JournalSaudi Arabia, Hit With Oil Collapse and Coronavirus, Tosses Lifelines  The Wall Street Journal

Trump, Saudi King Salman reaffirm strong 'defence partnership' - Al Jazeera EnglishTrump, Saudi King Salman reaffirm strong 'defence partnership'  Al Jazeera English

Repatriation of expats from Saudi Arabia gathers pace - ArabnewsRepatriation of expats from Saudi Arabia gathers pace  Arabnews

Are Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust? - Art NewspaperAre Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust?  Art Newspaper

Saudi Arabia announces Eid Al-Fitr will start on Sunday - ArabnewsSaudi Arabia announces Eid Al-Fitr will start on Sunday  Arabnews

The ‘New’ Saudi Arabia, Where Taxes Triple And Benefits Get Cut - ForbesThe ‘New’ Saudi Arabia, Where Taxes Triple And Benefits Get Cut  Forbes

Fact Check: Did A Swarm Of Blackbirds Recently Launch An Attack In Saudi Arabia? - The Logical IndianFact Check: Did A Swarm Of Blackbirds Recently Launch An Attack In Saudi Arabia?  The Logical Indian

India permits 835 healthcare professionals to travel to Saudi Arabia for fight against Covid-19 - Hindustan TimesIndia permits 835 healthcare professionals to travel to Saudi Arabia for fight against Covid-19  Hindustan Times

Netflix documentary 'History 101' claims Saudi Arabia 'has been independent since 1932' - The NationalNetflix documentary 'History 101' claims Saudi Arabia 'has been independent since 1932'  The National

From China to Saudi Arabia: Doctor fights COVID-19 on frontline - ArabnewsFrom China to Saudi Arabia: Doctor fights COVID-19 on frontline  Arabnews