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.
Less than four years after lifting a ban on cinemas, SaudiArabia is to host its first major film festival from Monday as it eyes a lucrative new industry ... films in Saudi Arabia ... "Cinema is not only an art but needs to be transformed into a culture in Saudi Arabia," Al-Mulla said.
RIYADH • Less than four years after lifting a ban on cinemas, SaudiArabia is hosting its first major film festival as it eyes a lucrative new industry ... in Saudi Arabia ... "Cinema is not only an art, but also needs to be transformed into a culture in Saudi Arabia," Al-Mulla said.
Less than four years after lifting a ban on cinemas, SaudiArabia is to host its first major film festival from Monday as it eyes a lucrative new industry ... "Cinema is not only an art but needs to be transformed into a culture in Saudi Arabia," Al-Mulla said.
... in Dubai as well as the Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Cairo and the Jameel House in Jeddah— both of the latter focusing on the heritage of Islamic art and culture — Hayy symbolizes the family’s rich art patronage returning home to SaudiArabia with its largest space yet.
Major actors in the region like Iran, SaudiArabia, and Turkey, plus global actors like Russia, France, and the USA, have either religious or cultural ties with the communities of Lebanon, turning the country into a proxy battlefield ... Saudi Arabia responded by expelling the Lebanese ambassador and implementing an import ban on the country.
SaudiArabia and France have committed to enhancing cultural cooperation and exchange across a broad range of cultural fields ... “Under the five-year agreement, Saudi Arabia and France have committed to enhancing cultural cooperation and exchange across a broad range of cultural ...
"Our mission is to promote philosophy across a wide range of thinkers and bring critical philosophical debates to SaudiArabia for the first time, promoting inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues ... The RiyadhPhilosophyConference will see over 1,500 guests per day, ranging from academics and students to cultural leaders and publishers.
5, artists from SaudiArabia, the Gulf, ... Many of the participating artists are showing their work for the first time in the Kingdom — demonstrating once again Misk Art Institute’s broader aims to expand Saudi Arabia’s cultural landscape through international creative dialogue.