Tonight, the Middle East Institute in Washington is holding a webinar on the future of Arab Youth: Voices of the Future. This survey, in its 12th edition, interviews thousands of young people and tells readers about the feelings, mentality, ambitions, dreams and hopes...
The 2020 G20 Riyadh summit took place on 21–22 November 2020 virtually. Most important topics on the agenda was the pandemic and its effects as well as climate change. [video width="848" height="480"...
Saudi female football teams are getting ready to start playing in the first Saudi Female Football League (WFL). The league was set to start in October after being launched in February 2020 by the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA). Two years after women were...
Features & Reports
Much has been written on tribes in Saudi Arabia. Non-Saudis, even expatriates living in Saudi Arabia, tend to have misconceptions about tribes and their role in Saudi society, and most English language authors who write about the country appear to know little about the subject.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year Ramadan in the Saudi Arabia and the entire Muslim world will not be the same.
On 10 April, the government in Saudi Arabia announced it what it considers the last in a series of restrictions which it has imposed on the nation to combat COVID-19, even before the first case was reported in the country. The holy cities of Makkah and Madinah will shut down completely. In addition, no prayers will take place in the holy mosques of Makkah or Madinah, or any other mosques in the country. People may only move within their district, from 8 AM to 3 PM, and only to shop for food or medicines.
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This is the Grand Mosque of Makkah without people after Saudi authorities banned public attendance. It is a heartbreaking scene for anyone who has been there.
This is the second time in Saudi Arabian history that worshippers are not allowed into the Grand Mosque (the first was the Makkah siege in 1979), and that it is empty illustrates the risk of the Coronavirus spreading.