The kingdom and the UAE are both modern military powerhouses, spending billions on arms every year, yet are being thwarted by a group of guerrilla fighters
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.
Criticism comes ahead of this year's haj and amid tension between Tehran and Riyadh over proxy wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen in which the two support opposing sides
Scores of men had been subjected to enforced disappearance after being arbitrarily detained by UAE and Yemeni forces 'operating outside the command of their own government'
Efforts to revive historical sites receive backlash from religious fundamentalists concerned over the idea of national heritage
The Arab states pledged a swift operation to take over Hodeidah's air and sea ports, but they have made little progress in the campaign
The UAE, a federation of seven emirates with a mostly expatriate population, is a key member of a Saudi-led military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 against the Iran-aligned Houthis
The Plaza Hotel deal is the largest investment in the Western property market by Qatar since the start of the Saudi-led blockade in June last year
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said Saudi Arabia had agreed to increase output by up to this amount, although a subsequent statement from the White House rolled back that assertion
Syrian singer's version of the Beatles’ 'Drive My Car' is certain to send shivers down your spine
Relations are warming between Bahrain and Israel, but don’t expect full diplomatic ties anytime soon, say officials