Role of Tribalism in Modern Saudi Arabia

Role of Tribalism in Modern Saudi Arabia

First of all, not all Saudis belong to tribes. For example, people in the Western Province, the Hejaz, from where I come, are mostly not tribal because we descend from people who made the pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah and settled here, called “Hajj Left Overs” by...
This Ramadan Was Different

This Ramadan Was Different

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...
Saudis in Lockdown

Saudis in Lockdown

At first, I could not grasp the depression that overcame me with the gradual lockdown. I tried to reason with myself, but still continued feeling trapped. Like many other cities in the world, Dubai went into lockdown. The closure happened gradually, making it easier...

A Kind Gesture Comes of Age

JAC (Jeddah Autism Center) celebrated its 25 years anniversary on April, 2nd 2019. At that time there was little awareness and acceptance of autism in society. Today, it is a different picture.   In 2009 I visited the JAC at its first location. The center was located...