Without their giant expat populations, the economic future of the Gulf region looks dimmer than ever
Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud. The country is ruled under an "absolute monarchy," which is a form of monarchy in which one ruler has supreme authority that is unrestricted by any laws.
The country is ruled under the ultraconservative Wahhabi religious movement within Sunni Islam. Saudi Arabia hosts the two holiest places in Islam, the Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina.
It is a sovereign Arab state covering majority of the Arabian Peninsula, with a land mass of approximately 2,150,000 km2. The country has a population of 28.7 million people and the official language spoken is Arabic.
Petroleum was discovered on 3 March, 1938 in Saudi Arabia and has since become the world's largest oil producer and exporter. It is the only Arab country to be part of the G-20 major economies.
The haj and umrah pilgrimages, which attract millions of travellers from around the world, will remain suspended until further notice
In an interview in September with CBS’ '60 Minutes,' Prince Mohammed said he takes 'full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia'
Inspector General Steve Linick may have been fired because he was investigating the president's declaration of a national emergency to sell arms mostly to Saudi Arabia, Eliot Engel suggests
The crown prince’s plans are threatened by a weak oil market, an oil war with Russia, and a shaky international reputation. But he’s not bothered by domestic criticism
Businesspeople and economists say tripling tax and suspending allowances for civil servants could worsen the Arab world's largest economy and delay job creation
Move scales back American presence in Saudi Arabia just months after the Pentagon began a military buildup there to counter threats from Iran
The two men spoke after news the United States planned to withdraw two Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia that have been a defense against Iran
Human Rights Watch added that Prince Faisal's whereabouts or status are not known
For the 35 million foreigners who form the Gulf's economic backbone, many are deciding whether or not to leave as governments move to protect citizens' jobs amid the virus outbreak
The pandemic has dictated a new oil strategy in which the American administration is even willing to put the historic U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia to the test
'It’s becoming a conflict by proxy between the UAE and Saudis,' former member of UN Security Council panel says
Three series for this year's Ramadan have revived the debate on the taboo of normalization – and on whether Israel will meet its demise in 2120
A self-rule declaration has put paid to a recent cease-fire in Yemen, the country is slipping away from Riyadh’s grip and the coronavirus threatens to engulf it
Trump's hard line pushed Saudis to bend in oil price war, sources told Reuters
The economies of all the Arab Gulf oil exporters are expected to contract this year, as much as 5 percent in Iraq, according to the IMF
The Ramadan period drama features the real-life story of a Jewish midwife who arrived in Bahrain from Iraq in the 1930s
Royal decree announces that offenders will instead face prison time up to ten years in a juvenile detention facility
The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began on Friday
Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 56, a businesswoman, writer and rights activist, went missing in March 2019
A two-week ceasefire announced by the coalition that is battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen expired on Thursday without leading to a permanent truce
Here is an explanation of what negative crude prices mean in the real world
'Beyond the cooperative statements the fight is still going on,' a source at a trading firm told Reuters
Mohammad bin Salman was playing a game of high-stakes poker with Russia, but he didn’t have the hand to risk it
The UAE's unprecedented shipment of coronavirus-related medical supplies to longstanding rival Tehran may indicate a more substantial shift in Middle East politics
The UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait have locked down areas where low-wage foreign workers live in overcrowded conditions and are now surviving on charity
Coronavirus infections in six Gulf Arab states exceed 13,000 with 88 deaths
No official reaction from the Houthis raises concerns over whether the Saudi initiative would lead to a concrete change on the ground
There was no immediate reaction from Houthi leaders or Yemen's internationally recognized government to the coalition's statement
The coronavirus crisis and oil price warfare have given Saudi Arabia and UAE critical leverage on a struggling Oman. It could be the end of Muscat’s maverick independent foreign policy, with repercussions across the Mideast