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Saudi Arabia: Country in Western Asia
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest sovereign state in Western Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, the fifth-largest in Asia, and the 12th-largest in the world. 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 separated from Israel and Egypt by the Gulf of Aqaba. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland and mountains. As of October 2018, the Saudi economy was the largest in the Middle East and the 18th largest in the world. Saudi Arabia also has one of the world's youngest populations; 50 percent of its 33.4 million people are under 25 years old.

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South Africa blocks arms sales to Saudi and UAE in inspection row

South Africa is blocking arms sales to countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE in an inspections dispute, endangering billions of dollars of business and thousands of jobs in its struggling..
Reuters - Published

Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen down 80%: U.N. envoy

United Nations Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the number of air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen has dropped nearly..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Saudi Arabia


Give new Saudi home for Dakar Rally a chance, director says [Video]Give new Saudi home for Dakar Rally a chance, director says

The director of the Dakar Rally calls on fans to give Saudi Arabia a chance as the rally is set to kick off in the kingdom in January.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:16Published

Dakar Rally goes back to its roots in Saudi Arabia [Video]Dakar Rally goes back to its roots in Saudi Arabia

The Dakar Rally will be hitting the sand dunes when it goes to Saudi Arabia in 2020.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:33Published

Joshua backs McCracken to help him beat Ruiz [Video]Joshua backs McCracken to help him beat Ruiz

Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua discusses his relationship with trainer Rob McCracken and what he learnt from his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of his trip to Saudi Arabia to fight to win..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:58Published

Saudi Arabia values oil giant Aramco far below original target [Video]Saudi Arabia values oil giant Aramco far below original target

The government is preparing Saudi Aramco for what could be the world's biggest-ever initial public offering.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:36Published

Aramco IPO range values Saudi oil giant at up to $1.7 trillion [Video]Aramco IPO range values Saudi oil giant at up to $1.7 trillion

Saudi Aramco is worth up to $1.7 trillion at the IPO price range set by the oil giant on Sunday, below the $2 trillion touted by Saudi's crown prince but still vying for the title of the world's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:02Published

Brazil and Argentina ready for friendly as Messi returns from ban [Video]Brazil and Argentina ready for friendly as Messi returns from ban

Brazil and Argentina's coaches speak of the impact Lionel Messi has as the Barcelona man returns from his international ban.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:41Published

Aramco IPO expected to lean on Saudi investors and China [Video]Aramco IPO expected to lean on Saudi investors and China

As Saudi Arabia gears up to sell shares in its national oil company - questions remain about how much it is really worth.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:06Published

Urawa Red Diamonds ready for AFC Champions League final first leg [Video]Urawa Red Diamonds ready for AFC Champions League final first leg

Urawa Red Diamonds coach Tsuyoshi Otsuki says team will play to win against Al Hilal in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:33Published

Riyadh Agreement: Can Saudi-brokered ‘peace deal’ really help end Yemen war? [Video]Riyadh Agreement: Can Saudi-brokered ‘peace deal’ really help end Yemen war?

Riyadh Agreement: Can Saudi-brokered ‘peace deal’ really help end Yemen war?

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:07Published

US: Saudi Arabia recruited Twitter employees charged for spying [Video]US: Saudi Arabia recruited Twitter employees charged for spying

Two Saudi citizens, one American accused of working together to unmask ownership of dissident Twitter accounts.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia [Video]Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment,..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:33Published

Former Saudi, US Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia [Video]Former Saudi, US Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced charges against two former Twitter employees. According to Gizmodo, they've been accused of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. One former employee, Ahmad..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Hopes for peace in Yemen as government, separatists agree to halt fighting [Video]Hopes for peace in Yemen as government, separatists agree to halt fighting

Saudi crown prince describes agreement as a crucial step towards a political solution to end Yemen's bloody war.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:56Published

Peace deal announced between Yemeni government, separatists [Video]Peace deal announced between Yemeni government, separatists

Saudi crown prince describes agreement as a crucial step towards a political solution to end Yemen's bloody war.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 07:57Published

Yemen's Socotra residents divided in conflict [Video]Yemen's Socotra residents divided in conflict

Many in the strategically important islands support Saudi presence, but want UAE forces to leave.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:45Published

Yemen war: Houthis say Sudan troops suffering heavy casualties [Video]Yemen war: Houthis say Sudan troops suffering heavy casualties

In a press conference, Houthi spokesperson showed Sudanese army casualties who fought with the Saudi-UAE led coalition.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:06Published

Saudi Arabia kicks off IPO of world's biggest oil company [Video]Saudi Arabia kicks off IPO of world's biggest oil company

Saudi Aramco started its initial public offering on Sunday, seven weeks after crippling attacks on its oil facilities. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

Saudi regulator approves Aramco share listing request [Video]Saudi regulator approves Aramco share listing request

World’s most profitable company gains domestic listing approval, with shares expected to be priced in December.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 08:56Published

Fury makes WWE bow, women's fight featured on Saudi undercard [Video]Fury makes WWE bow, women's fight featured on Saudi undercard

Former world heavyweight champion makes an impact in middle east in ground-breaking show

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:07Published

Fury weighs in ahead of WWE bout [Video]Fury weighs in ahead of WWE bout

Former world heavyweight champion confident ahead of clash with WWE star Strowman

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:08Published

Tyson Fury on Christmas song with Robbie Williams [Video]Tyson Fury on Christmas song with Robbie Williams

Boxer Tyson Fury discusses his collaboration with singer Robbie Williams for a new Christmas song on BBC Radio 5 Live in London. The boxer is preparing to step into the wrestling ring for the first..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:50Published

Fury wants MMA fight this year, warns Wilder and Joshua [Video]Fury wants MMA fight this year, warns Wilder and Joshua

Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury is stepping into the showy world of professional wrestling for a bout in Saudi Arabia, but he also claims he is expanding his talents to mixed martial arts before..

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:31Published

 

With young prince and PR push, Saudi Arabia ready to take over G20 reins

Saudi Arabia is set to take over the G20 presidency for a year as it seeks to bounce back from an uproar over its human rights record and last year's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Reuters - Published

France takes aim at Saudi over failed West Africa commitments

France's armed forces minister criticized close ally Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for failing to honor commitments it made almost two years ago to provide millions of euros to a West African..
Reuters - Published

Saudi-led coalition says Yemen Houthis claim of shooting down warplane is incorrect

Spokesman Turki al-Malki for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said on Wednesday that "Yemen Houthis claim of shooting down a coalition F-15 warplane is incorrect", according to the Saudi state news..
Reuters - Published

Yemen's Houthis say they intercepted a Saudi-led coalition warplane: spokesman

Yemen's Houthi movement said on Wednesday it intercepted an F-15 warplane of the Saudi-led coalition near the border with Saudi Arabia.
Reuters - Published

Saudi king blames Iran for "chaos", says strikes failed to hurt kingdom's development

Saudi Arabia's King Salman struck a defiant note against the kingdom's enemies, saying on Wednesday that missile and drone strikes it blames on Iran had not halted development and reiterating that..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. position on Israeli settlements: SPA

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it completely rejected Washington's statement on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, state news agency SPA reported.
Reuters - Published

Yemen's Houthis release captured South Korean, Saudi vessels

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement released three vessels and 16 people it had seized, South Korea's Foreign Ministry and a Houthi military source in Yemen said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Saudi king says kingdom seeks political settlement in Yemen

Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday the kingdom sought a political settlement in Yemen and hoped a recent agreement signed in Riyadh would open the door to broader peace talks.
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia convicts 18 people of bribery and fraud - SPA

Saudi Arabia has convicted 18 people, including government officials and private sector employees, of bribery, fraud and abuse of office, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday, without identifying..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia appoints property executive to head Riyadh royal commission

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday named Fahad Al-Rasheed as head of a royal commission to develop the capital Riyadh where the government has said it would spend 86 billion riyals ($23 billion) to boost the..
Reuters - Published

With Last Dance of the Dead, Yemeni artist paints message for France

Three dangling bodies painted against a blood red background shocked passersby in central Paris on Tuesday after a Yemeni artist unveiled a mural to denounce French arms' sales to the Saudi-led..
Reuters - Published

Yemen's Houthis say they will release seized ships if Korean

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Tuesday it would release vessels it had captured if they prove to be South Korean, after it seized a rig being towed by a Saudi tugboat in the southern Red..
Reuters - Published

Saudi airline flynas signs order for 10 Airbus A321XLR jets

Flynas has signed an order for 10 long-range Airbus A321XLR jets, the Saudi budget airline said at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Yemen's Houthis seize three ships in Red Sea: Al Masirah TV

Yemen's Houthis seized three ships, including one belonging to Saudi Arabia, three miles off Uqban island at the south end of the Red Sea, the group's Al-Masirah TV said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Saudi-led coalition says Yemen's Houthis seize ship in Red Sea

The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen said on Monday that the Iran-aligned Houthi movement had seized a vessel towing a South Korean drilling rig at the south end of the Red Sea.
Reuters - Published

Saudi journalists, who say they were outed as gay, held in Australian asylum center

Two Saudi male journalists, who say the authorities revealed their romantic relationship in retaliation for contacts one of them had with foreign media, have been detained in Australia after seeking..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Aramco in race for IPO record with $1.7 trillion top value

Saudi Aramco is worth up to $1.7 trillion at the price range set by the oil giant on Sunday, below the $2 trillion sought by Saudi's crown prince but putting it in the running to become the world's..
Reuters - Published

'Crown jewel' Aramco stirs loyal Saudi demand for giant IPO

From taxi drivers to clerics, Saudis clamoring to own part of state oil giant Aramco went online and to local banks on Sunday at the start of a long-delayed share sale for what could be the world's..
Reuters - Published

Aramco IPO range values Saudi oil giant at up to $1.7 trillion

Saudi Aramco is worth up to $1.7 trillion at the IPO price range set by the oil giant on Sunday, below the $2 trillion targeted by Saudi's crown prince but still vying for the title of the world's..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Saudi Aramco - the oil colossus

Saudi Aramco set a price range for its blockbuster listing that implies the oil giant is worth between $1.6 trillion and $1.7 trillion, below the $2 trillion Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman..
Reuters - Published

Eager Saudis prepare to snap up stakes in 'crown jewel' Aramco

"No voice is louder than that of the Aramco IPO, the largest IPO on earth," declared Ahmed Al-Arfaj, a Saudi Arabian TV talk show host, drumming up demand for what could be the world's biggest initial..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Aramco valuation set at up to $1.7 trillion, no overseas roadshows for IPO

Saudi Aramco has set a price range for its listing that implies the oil giant is worth between $1.6 trillion to $1.7 trillion, below the $2 trillion the Saudi crown prince had targeted but still making..
Reuters - Published

Messi scores as Argentina beat Brazil in Saudi Arabia

Lionel Messi scores on his first Argentina appearance since July as they beat old rivals Brazil in Saudi Arabia.
BBC News - Published

Saudi Arabia discussing Yemen truce in informal talks with Houthis: sources

Saudi Arabia is intensifying informal talks with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on a ceasefire in Yemen, sources familiar with the discussions said.
Reuters - Published

Italian tenor Bocelli joins Saudis and UNESCO to help children affected by war

(This Nov. 13 story corrects to make clear "Voices of the World" is in partnership with Saudi Arabia and that the project with UNESCO is separate)
Reuters - Published

Emariti soldier in Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen killed in Najran: WAM

An Emariti soldier in the United Arab Emirates troops that are part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen was killed in Saudi Arabia's Najran area on Wednesday, Emirates state news agency (WAM)..
Reuters - Published

At least five Yemeni soldiers killed by Houthi missile in Marib military base

Houthi militants fired a missile at the Saudi-led military coalition's heaquarters in the city of Marib on Wednesday during a visit by the Yemeni defence minister, killing at least five soldiers, local..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia apologises for video labelling feminism as extremism

The video, published on Twitter, also labelled homosexuality and atheism as dangerous ideas.
BBC News - Published

Toddler on Saudi flight that made emergency landing in Canada pronounced dead

A 2-year-old passenger on a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in eastern Canada on Tuesday was pronounced dead on arriving in a hospital, a provincial police official said.
Reuters - Published

Saudi authorities backtrack on description of feminism as extremism

Saudi Arabia's state security agency distanced itself on Tuesday from a promotional video that categorized feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, blaming it on an action by..
Reuters - Published

Saudi court convicts 38 people on terrorism-related charges

A Saudi Arabian court has convicted 38 people of terrorism-related crimes, state-run Al Ekhbariya television reported on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia says Iran being 'deceptive' on nuclear programme

Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Tuesday said Iran was being "deceptive and evasive" about its nuclear programme and accused it of delaying giving information to the U.N. atomic watchdog.
Reuters - Published

Giant Aramco listing a critical test for young Saudi exchange

The imminent listing of oil giant Aramco will be a pivotal moment for Saudi Arabia's young and untested Tadawul stock exchange.
Reuters - Published

Theatre performers 'stabbed during show' in Saudi capital Riyadh

A man wielding a knife attacked the performers during a live show in the Saudi capital, reports say.
BBC News - Published

Saudi vice defense minister meets Omani ruler in Muscat -state news

Saudi Arabia's vice minister of defense visited Oman on Monday and met with ruler Sultan Qaboos, Omani state news agency ONA reported, following a deal to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen.
Reuters - Published

Three performers stabbed at Saudi entertainment event: state TV

A man stabbed three performers at a live show in Saudi Arabia’s capital and was arrested, state television reported on Monday, adding that the victims were in stable condition.
Reuters - Published

Saudi promo video labels feminism, atheism, homosexuality as extremist ideas

A promotional video published by Saudi Arabia's state security agency categorizes feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, even as the conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to promote..
Reuters - Published

Uber CEO says he was wrong to call Khashoggi killing a 'mistake'

Uber's chief executive said on Monday the murder by Saudi Arabia, a major investor in his company, of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year could not be excused and that he was wrong to have described..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Aramco unveils next stage of blockbuster flotation

Saudi Arabia oil giant says 0.5% of shares will be offered to retail savers - but there are risks.
BBC News - Published

IPO prospectus lays out main risks to Aramco's operations

Saudi state oil giant Aramco unveiled the prospectus for its initial public offering (IPO) on Saturday, laying out the main material risks that may adversely affect the company's business or its..
Reuters - Published

Bond stayed for ex-Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

A ruling by a U.S. judge granting bond on Friday to a former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia was stayed after U.S. prosecutors said they appealed the decision.
Reuters - Published

Yemen's President Hadi meets separatist leader after deal ends power struggle

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi met the head of the Southern Transitional Council on Thursday, in their first meeting since his Saudi-backed government and the separatists signed an agreement..
Reuters - Published

Saudi king receives CIA chief in Riyadh: state media

Saudi Arabia's King Salman received the director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Riyadh, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

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