CROSSROADS ARABIA: These jobs are all critical to society – they are honest jobs. The one thing they don’t carry, however, is status.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudization plan is in place but it appears that foreign workers are being actively demonised in the Kingdom.
ABU MUHAMMED: The only thing stopping Saudi from becoming a superpower is Saudi. A nation cannot truly be great until it can educate its own.
ROB L. WAGNER: Saudi Arabia has been looking for more than 40 years for an export product that will minimize its dependency on oil. Have they found it?
CROSSROADS ARABIA: English is vital in today’s interconnected world. The problem: in Saudi teaching it is not treated seriously.
MELODY MOEZZI, TABSIR: The storm that erupted following a Saudi cleric’s declaration regarding women, cars and virginity shows no sign of abating.
EMAN AL NAFJAN: A storm of controversy has erupted following a presentation by the Saudi Minister of Justice to lawyers in the United States.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: This was the election before ‘the Big One’ – the 2015 Municipal Elections where women can vote and stand for office. So was it a damp squib, as some have suggested?
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Teaching methods in the Kingdom encourage diktat of authority rather than dialogue and debate. The consequence is profound for society at large.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: When Saudi awoke, it acted decisively. Its war against Al-Qaeda was successful in driving the group out of the Kingdom, though at some cost.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The current rate at which Saudis are consuming water is simply unsustainable. Drastic action needs to be taken. And soon.
ROB L. WAGNER: “We find ourselves sometimes forced to hire Saudis who aren’t qualified,” Jaad says, noting that some Saudis simply walk off the job without finishing their contract…
CROSSROADS ARABIA: It’s not just Saudi, the US has certainly pushed the idea that without a university degree one is starting out as a failure.
SUSIE OF ARABIA: I am re-posting the below video called “Where is Khaled?” to keep his story alive. Khaled’s family was not allowed any contact with him for almost two months.
SUSIE OF ARABIA: The destruction of more than 17,000 passports belonging to expatriate workers in Jeddah has led to a debate about the practice of employers ‘holding’ passports.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Syrian soap operas have eclipsed Egyptian productions in popularity across the Arab world.