Saudi Arabia

The biggest population, the largest GDP, the most oil reserves, arguable the most conservative state within the GCC.

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia: It’s Heating Up Again

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia: It’s Heating Up Again

CROSSOADS ARABIA: Another major protest is being organised for 26th of October and both sides are beginning to air their views …

Packed Malls and Road Rage: Hajj Break in Kingdom

Packed Malls and Road Rage: Hajj Break in Kingdom

ABU MOHAMMED: Many of us on the Hajj break are slaves to our cars, busy transporting our loved ones from beach to mall to play center …

‘Agents of The State Or Of God’: So What’s It To Be?

‘Agents of The State Or Of God’: So What’s It To Be?

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A well-known commentator on Saudi affairs has examined critically the role that the religious police occupy in everyday life …

Why Are There So Few Good Books About Saudi Arabia?

Why Are There So Few Good Books About Saudi Arabia?

STEVE ROYSTON: A recently published book on the Kingdom seems to be designed to pander to all of the usual Western prejudices. Why so? …

‘Buy Low, Sell High’: Gulf Investors New Football Strategy

‘Buy Low, Sell High’: Gulf Investors New Football Strategy

JAMES DORSEY: The recent acquisition by a Saudi Prince of a lower-tier English football team points to a new direction for Middle Eastern magnates …

Saudi Film To Win An Oscar?  ‘No Thank You!’

Saudi Film To Win An Oscar? ‘No Thank You!’

CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudi made film Wajda has been nominated in the Best Foreign Film category for the Oscars. But the country doesn't even have a cinema! …

The Many Ways To Tackle The Issue of Domestic Abuse

The Many Ways To Tackle The Issue of Domestic Abuse

SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: …

Young Saudis Taking Career Choice “Into Own Hands”

Young Saudis Taking Career Choice “Into Own Hands”

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A quiet revolution in how young Saudis approach their studies and future careers is underway in the Kingdom …

Progress In Protection from Abuse? Good for 15th Century

Progress In Protection from Abuse? Good for 15th Century

EMAN AL NAFJAN: Progress is being made in helping to protect women and children in the Kingdom from domestic abuse. But it's painfully slow progress. …

‘Stop Dithering’. Saudi’s Message to Obama on Syria

‘Stop Dithering’. Saudi’s Message to Obama on Syria

CROSSROADS ARABIA: It's clear that impatience with Barack Obama's position on Syria is growing within the Kingdom. So what next? …