Saudi Arabia (i/ˌsɔːdiːəˈreɪbiə/, i/ˌsaʊ-/), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is an Arab state in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000km2 (830,000sqmi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria. Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast, and Yemen to the south. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid inhospitable desert or barren landforms.
The area of modern-day Saudi Arabia formerly consisted of four distinct regions: Hejaz, Najd, and parts of Eastern Arabia (Al-Ahsa) and Southern Arabia ('Asir). The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud. He united the four regions into a single state through a series of conquests beginning in 1902 with the capture of Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the House of Saud. The country has since been an absolute monarchy, effectively a hereditary dictatorship governed along Islamic lines. The ultra-conservative Wahhabism religious movement within Sunni Islam has been called "the predominant feature of Saudi culture", with its global spreading largely financed by the oil and gas trade. Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "the Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca), and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam. The Kingdom has a total population of 28.7 million, of which 20 million are Saudi nationals and 8 million are foreigners.
The SaudiHeritageCommission said the excavations were part of its efforts in survey and excavations of heritage sites in Saudi Arabia and preserving them as cultural and economic resources ... In recent years, Saudi Arabia has intensified efforts to diversify its oil-reliant economy.
According to the SaudiPressAgency (SPA), the discoveries are part of the commission’s scientific efforts in the field of survey and excavations of heritage sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and preserving them as a cultural and economic resource.
Saudi hip-hop promoter, producer and radio host Hassane Dennaoui — better known as BigHass — released his latest cypher last month, this time focusing on rappers in his homeland ... “Saudi rap initially got off on the wrong foot, with a lot of diss/beef culture,” he continues. “It’s gotten really big — it’s the voice of the streets in Saudi Arabia.
Much hope has been placed in an eventual normalization of relations between the Jewish state of Israel and SaudiArabia...PresidentJoe Biden traveled to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to help cement relations between the two countries and to try to lower the cost of gas for Americans before the November midterm elections.
SaudiArabia has robust animal protection laws, having signed the Gulf Cooperation Council-wide Law on the Humane Treatment of Animals in 2013 ... “Saudi Arabia is heading toward being a modern, cultured society, and animal welfare should be top of the list,” the animal caregiver told ArabNews, summing up his thoughts on the issue.
I want to tread carefully now because I don't want to be that person ever again, and I don't want to be disrespectful to those who consider the culture or religion — predominantly Islam in SaudiArabia — to be theirs ... What's perfectly acceptable in America was (is) completely indecent in Saudi Arabia.
This is an important event, which will certainly open up new possibilities in bilateral relations and will consolidate the political, economic, strategic and cultural ties between France and SaudiArabia... I can only rejoice in this extraordinary cultural effervescence which makes Saudi Arabia a major country in world culture.
Muslims, keeping a social distance, perform Umrah at the Grand Mosque, after Saudi authorities ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Oct ... This has shamed both him and Saudi Arabia ... Saudi Arabia still has a huge way to go, and anti-Jewish bigotry is still embedded in its culture.