Saudi Arabia

Saudis arrested for criticising King Abdullah on YouTube

 
Three men were arrested last week in Saudi Arabia for uploading videos in which they criticised the regime, addressing themselves directly to King Abdullah. Such actions are new in the kingdom, and are starting to create copycats. Read more...
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Qatari bank notes unwelcome in Saudi Arabia

Diplomatic tensions between Qatar and its neighbours in the Gulf are starting to affect Qatari citizens. A video has appeared online showing a Qatari man at a gas station trying to pay with Qatari banknotes, as he is used to doing, but the personnel refusing to take his money. Read more...

If you liked 'Chinglish' you’ll love 'Saudinglish'!

Due to its numerous oil wells, Saudi Arabia attracts many foreign firms, which means there is a constant flux of expat workers. Since few read or speak Arabic, many signs and advertisements are translated into English, which sometimes leads to humorous translation errors. Read more...

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Saudi comedians test authorities' limits online

 
Over the past few years, online comedians have become increasingly popular in Saudi Arabia, where younger generations are turning away from TV shows in favour of the self-produced skits that have been popping up all over YouTube. These videos have emerged a small bastion of freedom in the conservative kingdom. Read more...
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Video of horse being beaten shocks Saudis

 
In a country where the horse is king, the following video has caused a real scandal. Two men were filmed violently striking a horse’s forehead and laughing. The video has widely circulated online, prompting many Saudis to call for the men to be brought to justice. Read more...
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Video: The brutal life inside Saudi prisons

 
A video recently published online shows a prisoner hanging from the ceiling of a cell, being beaten by other prisoners. This video was shot in Braiman prison, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This type of incident reveals the power structure that determines interactions among prisoners, according to our Observer, a former Saudi prisoner. Read more...

Hoda and Arafet, the love story that has captivated Yemen

 
Hoda al-Nirane, a 22-year old Saudi woman, is being held in a detention centre in Sanaa and risks deportation. Her crime is to have fled from Saudi Arabia to Yemen to escape a forced marriage and marry her beloved, a Yemeni national. This improbable love story has created an unprecedented solidarity movement in this otherwise conservative country. Read more...
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