Saudi Arabia

Saudi labourers still working in 55°C temperatures

Saudi Arabia, which is often accused of failing to protect the rights of its foreign laborers, has introduced a new law banning companies from having their employees work outside during the peak hours of summer heat. Read more...

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A tailor’s ‘sexual’ gesture outrages conservatives in Saudi Arabia


A tailor working in the Saudi holy city of Mecca has become the target of a public outcry, after he was secretly filmed wrapping his arms around a woman to take her measurements. His supposedly ‘sexual’ gesture has sparked a lively debate in a country where physical contact with women is seen as taboo. Read more...

‘They’re afraid we'll protest Yemen operation,’ say Saudi Shiites


Street battles raged for hours on Sunday between Saudi security forces and locals in the town of Awamiyah, a hotbed of Shiite activism in the country’s east. According to one of our Observers, the authorities are cracking down on this minority population to try to stop them from organising protests over Saudi Arabia’s military operation against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. The consequences of global tensions between Sunni and Shiite countries, he says, are now exacerbating divisions at home. Read more…
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Saudis pay allegiance to their 'cardboard king'

Following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, two videos have emerged showing Saudis pledging allegiance to their new ruler – by shaking hands with cardboard cutouts of King Salman and the two heirs to the throne. Actors standing behind the life-sized cutouts extend their arms to shake hands with visitors. Read more...

Maid ‘abused’ by Saudi rescued after video goes viral


A video posted by a Filipino domestic servant suffering abuse at the hands of her Saudi employer has gone viral online. The video - which Nargelene Mendez published on her Facebook page - has even led the the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia to intervene and bring her home. But not everyone in her situation dares to cry out for help so publicly. That's where our Observer comes in - he's a Filipino at the head of a secret organisation in Saudi Arabia that comes to the rescue of his fellow compatriots. Read more...
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Saudi Arabia’s deadly manholes


If you visit Saudi Arabia, remember to keep an eye on the ground where it’s not uncommon to find uncovered manholes in the streets. The Saudis call them “death holes,” because they have recently been the cause of several fatal accidents. Read more...
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