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.
Established in 1964, the channel produces programmes focusing on cultural, political, and economic issues aimed at expatriates living in Saudi Arabia. Following its conversion to a 24-hour channel it expanded its broadcasting to Europe and North America in the middle of 2007 and now employs a large network of news correspondents based in the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The SaudiControl and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) launched a major crackdown on Monday, arresting a slew of individuals, including security officers, government employees, and foreign nationals on charges of corruption ... This bribe was to ensure the validation of an acquittal of a citizen.
Saudi traffic authorities have said a visitor is allowed to use a foreign driving licence for one year in the kingdom, which is seeking to attract more tourists as part of efforts to diversify its oil-reliant economy ... Saudi citizens can apply for visas inviting their friends abroad to visit the kingdom and undertake Umrah.
The Saudi coalition did not respond to a request for comment. However the Houthis' TV channel Al-Masirah reported separately on Monday that "four citizens" were injured in Saudi attacks on Yemeni territory near the border on Monday ... Challenges persist amid Iran-Saudi thaw ⬇ https.//t.co/FvPuldIKEK — The NewArab (@The_NewArab) September 16, 2023.
To ensure the safety and security of both Saudi citizens and the world, the KSA played a prominent role in combating extremism and terrorism on both the international and domestic fronts ... In pursuit of the well-being and elevation of Saudi citizens, our wise leadership — may God protect them — established the Saudi TourismAuthority.
A group of elderly Saudi travelers is touring the globe to promote sports and the idea that everyone should participate in them on a regular basis to prevent diseases ... “The Southern Travelers Team was established on the 88th Saudi National Day ... We carry a national and societal message to citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia,” Al-Bani added.
Saudi authorities have arrested several people and seized large quantities of illegal drugs in operations carried out across the Kingdom, Saudi PressAgency reported on Sunday ... Saudi security forces are ...
SaudiArabia sentences schoolgirl to 18 years over tweets ... Both citizens and expatriates participate in the festivities ... Saudi flags were hoisted across the cities and governorates across the country as hundreds of thousands of citizens turned out to celebrate the great day of pride ... Indian living in Riyadh celebrates Saudi National Day on Saturday.
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