Saudi Arabia (i/ˌsɔːdiːəˈreɪbiə/, i/ˌsaʊ-/), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is an Arab state in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000km2 (830,000sqmi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria. 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 the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid inhospitable desert or barren landforms.
The area of modern-day Saudi Arabia formerly consisted of four distinct regions: Hejaz, Najd, and parts of Eastern Arabia (Al-Ahsa) and Southern Arabia ('Asir). The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud. He united the four regions into a single state through a series of conquests beginning in 1902 with the capture of Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the House of Saud. The country has since been an absolute monarchy, effectively a hereditary dictatorship governed along Islamic lines. The ultra-conservative Wahhabism religious movement within Sunni Islam has been called "the predominant feature of Saudi culture", with its global spreading largely financed by the oil and gas trade. Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "the Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca), and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam. The Kingdom has a total population of 28.7 million, of which 20 million are Saudi nationals and 8 million are foreigners.
Established in 1964, the channel produces programmes focusing on cultural, political, and economic issues aimed at expatriates living in Saudi Arabia. Following its conversion to a 24-hour channel it expanded its broadcasting to Europe and North America in the middle of 2007 and now employs a large network of news correspondents based in the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Friday, killing at least 70 detainees and wounding dozens, a rebel minister said ... The Saudi-led coalition did not confirm the Saada attack ... The Houthis commonly equate the Saudi-led coalition with the United States, condemning America in fiery terms.
A Saudi-led airstrike targeting a prison run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels killed and wounded more than 100 detainees Friday, rescuers said, part of a pounding aerial offensive that hours earlier saw another airstrike knock the Arab world’s poorest country off the internet.
Mining firm Vedanta Resources Ltd plans to create a $10 billion fund to bid for assets including the government's stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), its chairman told Reuters on Thursday ... It is also exploring opportunities for new zinc, gold and magnesium mines in SaudiArabia.
SaudiArabia's benchmark index (.TASI) gained 0.2%, holding steady at its highest in more than 15 years, with Saudi Arabian Mining Co (1211.SE) advancing 2.6%.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com.
Bahri, the national shipping carrier of SaudiArabia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with compatriot mining company Ma’aden to strengthen its logistics sector ties ... “As a company committed to contributing to Saudi Arabia’s maritime goals set out in Saudi ...
The ministry also stressed that all participants commended what the Kingdom of SaudiArabia enjoys of huge capabilities in the mining sector and that it enjoys several elements for excellence in this sector to be a hub for mining service and a regional center for mining companies ...