Saudi Arabia

Gunmen attack Shiite worshippers amid rise in hate speech


Masked gunmen shot dead at least five people in the Al-Ahsa district of eastern Saudi Arabia on Monday evening. The victims were leaving a Shiite ceremony that was part of the annual Ashoura commemorations. Our Observer in Al-Ahsa worries these attacks on Shiites, which are a minority in Saudi Arabia, could exacerbate tensions amid a rise in hate speech. Read more…
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Video: British man assaulted by Saudi religious police


A video showing a Saudi religious police officer jumping on the back of a British man and then hitting him has been shared widely on social media since Sunday. The video has provoked widespread outrage in Saudi Arabia, where the religious police are often accused of abusing their power. Read more...
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Coronavirus: Saudis defy ban and kiss their camels

 
Faced with a surge in MERS coronavirus cases, Saudi authorities have warned camel herders to be wary of their animals, which they believe transmit the disease. Yet many believe this is nonsense, and to show it, they are instead lavishing attention on their animals. Read more...
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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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