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  Saudi Arabia (10/06)
The Basic Law adopted in 1992 declared that Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by the sons and grandsons of King Abd Al Aziz Al Saud, and that the Holy Qur'an is the constitution of the country, which is governed on the basis of Islamic law (Shari'a).
Saudi Arabia was a key player in coordinating the successful 1999 campaign of OPEC and other oil-producing countries to raise the price of oil to its highest level since the Gulf War by managing production and supply of petroleum.
Saudi Arabia supports a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict but rejected the Camp David accords, claiming that they would be unable to achieve a comprehensive political solution that would ensure Palestinian rights and adequately address the status of Jerusalem.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/3584.htm   (5039 words)

  Saudi Arabia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It borders Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the east, Oman on the southeast, and Yemen on the south, with the Persian Gulf to its northeast and the Red Sea to its west.
The Basic Law adopted in 1992 declared that Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by the sons and grandsons of the first king, Abd Al Aziz Al Saud, and that the Qur'an is the constitution of the country, which is governed on the basis of Islamic law (Shari'a).
Saudi Arabia was a key player in the successful efforts of OPEC and other oil producing countries to raise the price of oil in 1999 to its highest level since the Gulf War by reducing production.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Saudi_Arabia   (3493 words)

 CQ Press : Current Events In Context : Terrorism
Saudi Arabia has also served as the chief patron of the Muslim duty to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, expanding arrangements to house and transport the millions of pilgrims who come from all over the world.
Saudi contributions played a major role in the World Muslim League, a religious-propagation agency founded in 1962 with its headquarters in Mecca, while Saudi Arabia was also highly influential in the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a multinational grouping of Muslim countries that periodically organizes summit conferences of government leaders.
Many Muslims in Saudi Arabia nevertheless criticized the regime for the corruption prevalent among government officials and members of the large royal family as well as a perceived exemption for princes from the equal application of the sacred law.
www.cqpress.com /context/articles/epr_saudi.html   (1492 words)

 Saudi Arabia Country Analysis Brief
Saudi net oil export revenues are forecast to increase in 2005 and 2006, to $150 billion and $154 billion, respectively, mainly due to higher oil prices.
Saudi Arabia had stated that it wanted AOC and Japan to increase their investments in Saudi Arabia (including more than $1 billion in a railway linking remote mining areas to export terminals), as well as their purchases of Saudi oil, as a condition for renewal of AOC's drilling rights in the Divided Zone.
Saudi Arabia's rapidly growing population and artificially low power prices (as a result of low, government mandated tariffs and consumer subsidies) are increasing demand on electric utilities, as power demand grows by 7 percent or more each year (see graph).
www.eia.doe.gov /emeu/cabs/saudi.html   (6584 words)

Eco-tourism in Saudi Arabia is primarily focussed on internal travel by residents to areas of interest from a wildlife viewpoint.
Saudi Arabia can be a rich place for fossil hunting and, whilst many fossils that are found here are the remains of creatures that once lived in shallow seas covering much of the peninsula, there are also numerous terrestrial fossils.
The fact that Arabia enjoyed a wetter and more amenable climate during the period 8000 to 2000 BC meant that areas of the country which support little vegetation today, due to the arid climate, were once suitable for human settlement and supported a wide selection of wildlife.
www.arabianwildlife.com /archive/vol2.2/sau.htm   (2149 words)

 Saudi Arabia travel guide - Wikitravel
Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country in Asia that occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and has both Persian Gulf and Red Sea coast lines.
Saudi Arabia is one of two countries named for their royal families, along with The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Saudi Arabia has some of the most restrictive travel policies in the world, and advance visas are required for all foreigners desiring to enter or leave.
wikitravel.org /en/Saudi_Arabia   (2217 words)

 Saudi Arabia: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com
Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula, with the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba to the west and the Persian Gulf to the east.
Saudi Arabia is not only the homeland of the Arab peoples—it is thought that the first Arabs originated on the Arabian Peninsula—but also the homeland of Islam, the world's second-largest religion.
Saudi Arabia was neutral until nearly the end of the war, but it was permitted to be a charter member of the United Nations.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0107947.html   (1492 words)

 Travel Advice for Saudi Arabia - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
When you are in Saudi Arabia, be aware that local laws and penalties, including ones that appear harsh by Australian standards, do apply to you.
Saudi Arabia requires all travellers under the age of 15 years travelling to Saudi Arabia from countries reporting polio outbreaks to provide proof of up to date polio vaccination.
If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia, whatever the reason and however long you'll be there, we strongly recommend you register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
www.smartraveller.gov.au /zw-cgi/view/Advice/Saudi_Arabia   (1995 words)

 Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, a small cutout of the shahada is separately manufactured and applied on the "reverse" of the flag.
The inclusion of sacred Islamic Text on the flag of Saudi Arabia has created problems when the flag is reproduced on souvenir items or as a throw-away handwaver.
Apparently in 1961 the Saudi civil ensign was a green equilateral triangle bearing the two swords in the centre and a foul anchor in the upper hoist.
flagspot.net /flags/sa.html   (851 words)

 Human Rights Watch World Report 2001: Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Developments
Saudi courts continued to impose corporal punishment, including amputations of hands and feet for robbery, and floggings for lesser crimes such as "sexual deviance" and drunkenness.
Saudi women continued to face severe discrimination in all aspects of their lives, including the family, education, employment, and the justice system.
Saudi Arabia continued to provide refuge and financial support to Idi Amin, the exiled Ugandan leader whose regime was responsible for a reign of terror that left an estimated 300,00 dead in the 1970s.
www.hrw.org /wr2k1/mideast/saudi.html   (2012 words)

 U.S. Arms Clients Profiles--SAUDI ARABIA
In May 1995 the State Department acknowledged that the economic downturn in Saudi Arabia is undermining political stability in the sheikdom, as the Saudi government is cutting popular public subsidies for gas, electricity and water in an effort to redress the deficit.
Saudi Arabia tried, and failed, to conquer Yemen, which lies on its southern border, during its consolidation of the Kingdom in the 1930s.
Saudi Arabia expelled between 500,000 and 800,000 Yemenis in 1990 and 1991 to punish Yemen for its opposition to the war against Iraq.
www.fas.org /asmp/profiles/saudi_arabia.htm   (3433 words)

 Intercountry Adoption Saudi Arabia
Thus, there is no adoption under Saudi law, only legal guardianship which the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security and the Board of Immigration Appeals have deemed insufficient for the purposes of immigration under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The American Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia can, however, process immigrant visas for orphans adopted in other countries and brought to Saudi Arabia to live with American citizen families temporarily resident in the Kingdom.
U.S. EMBASSY (and Consulates) IN SAUDI ARABIA: Americans living or traveling abroad are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within the country of travel.
travel.state.gov /family/adoption/country/country_445.html   (1660 words)

 Documentation of Internet Filtering in Saudi Arabia
In addition, Saudi Arabia was found to block sites recently reregistered after prior domain registrants allowed their domain registrations to lapse; many such sites come to provide sexually-explicit content, as documented in one author's prior Domains Reregistered for Distribution of Unrelated Content: A Case Study of "Tina's Free Live Webcam".
While ISU's "filtering procedure" page reports that Saudi Arabia blocks sexually-explicit content on the basis of determinations made by its filtering software provider, reviewing the list of specific blocked pages suggests that the ISU may also have engaged categories of the filtering program that pertain to drugs and to personal home pages.
However, the Saudi filtering system blocks access to megaproxy.com as well as a large number of other well-known proxy servers, suggesting that Saudi filtering administrators are well aware of this loophole and have sought to close it.
cyber.law.harvard.edu /filtering/saudiarabia   (2991 words)

 Essential Background: Overview of human rights issues in Saudi Arabia (Human Rights Watch, 31-12-2005)
Saudi women continue to face serious obstacles to their participation in the economy, politics, media, and society.
Saudi Arabia’s political reform movement focused in 2005 on the release of three prominent advocates of constitutional reform who had been in detention since March 2004 after they refused to sign a pledge to cease all public activism.
The Saudi government issued a new labor law in September 2005 that continues to exclude domestic workers, although a special annex promises to regulate their relations with employers.
hrw.org /english/docs/2006/01/18/saudia12230.htm   (1637 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Middle East and Northern Africa : Saudi Arabia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Saudi Arabia should lift politically motivated bans on foreign travel it has imposed on prominent government critics, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent to King Abdullah on February 9.
Saudi Arabia should immediately end its discrimination against its 100,000 Chadian residents, most of whom were born in the kingdom but are increasingly denied the rights to basic education and emergency healthcare, Human Rights Watch said today.
Saudi Arabia’s decision to target Chadian children for expulsion from school is arbitrary and discriminatory.
www.hrw.org /doc?t=mideast&c=saudia   (1364 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | 'Militants' held in Saudi Arabia
A ministry spokesman told the BBC that 115 of the suspects were Saudi nationals - the rest were foreigners.
Militants began a campaign in Saudi Arabia in 2003 with attacks on Western housing compounds.
The interior ministry spokesman, General Mansoor al-Turki, said some of the militant groups had been about to carry out attacks in Saudi Arabia while others were still in the preparatory stages.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/6202974.stm   (289 words)

 Saudi Arabia - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Al Arabiya as Saudiya
Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia accepted the Kuwaiti royal family and 400,000 refugees while allowing Western and Arab troops to deploy on its soil for the liberation of Kuwait the following year.
Saudi Arabia is a member state of the League of Arab States
The Saudi Arabia Oil Company is a global player in the petroleum industry.
www.nationsonline.org /oneworld/saudi_arabia.htm   (901 words)

 Saudi Arabia: Amnesty International's Human Rights Concerns
Saudi Arabia continues to use flogging and amputations as punishments.
Saudi Arabia: Amnesty International condemns the killing of civilians by armed group in Jeddah
Concluding Observations: Saudi Arabia: UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 2003)
www.amnestyusa.org /countries/saudi_arabia/index.do   (362 words)

 Where do you want to go birding in Saudi Arabia today?
The outstanding natural beauty of the landscape of western Saudi Arabia is fully complemented by its varied wildlife.
A similar ecological counterpart is the escarpment juniper forest of the Asir Mountains in south-west Saudi Arabia.
Birding Observations in Saudi Arabia 1992-1993 - by Tom Tarrant.
www.camacdonald.com /birding/mesaudiarabia.htm   (941 words)

 Saudi Arabia | AME Info Country Guide
Saudi Arabia occupies four-fifths of the Arabian peninsula.
The west coast is a centre for trade, but of equal importance is the concentration of Islamic holy cities, including Mecca and Medina.
The region also includes the city of Jeddah, until recently Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic capital, which remains the most important commercial and cultural gateway to the country.
www.ameinfo.com /saudi_arabia   (547 words)

 Saudi Arabia Maps - Perry-Castañeda Map Collection - UT Library Online
Saudi Arabia Maps from CIA Atlas of the Middle East, 1993
Mecca From Western Arabia and the Red Sea.
Riyadh From Western Arabia and the Red Sea.
www.lib.utexas.edu /maps/saudi_arabia.html   (122 words)

 Saudi Arabia Information Resource   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Entrusted with guardianship of Islam's holiest sites, Saudi Arabia is the place of pilgrimage for more than one billion Muslims around the world.
With a quarter of the world's proven oil reserves and some of the lowest production costs, Saudi Arabia is likely to remain the world's largest net oil exporter for the foreseeable future.
For many reasons, Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal role in the Middle East and is of major importance internationally.
www.saudinf.com   (229 words)

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