Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in western Asia constituting the bulk of Arabian peninsula. With Riyadh as its capital, the country has gone through an immense amount of changes in terms of its politics, culture, human rights, and education. While some of its features make Saudi Arabia stand out, there are many factors which makes it unappealing to other people all around the world. So here is a sneak peek of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is the cradle for Arabism and Islamism and is the home for Two holy mosques and the King is known as the Custodian of the Two Mosques. It has monarchy as the form of government with Arabic as the most commonly used language.
Its largest museum is the National Museum in Riyadh, which was established in the year 1999 to celebrate the centennial of the taking of the Masmak Fortress by the young Abdulaziz, an event that led to the founding of the modern Saudi state. There are also private museums, such as the Humane Heritage Museum in Jeddah. Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage is celebrated at the annual Jenadriyah National Culture and Heritage Festival. One of Saudi Arabia’s most compelling folk rituals is the “Al Ardha”, the country’s national dance. The food festival, the Janadriya festival, and Riyadh festival for shopping and leisure are the three most popular festivals in the country.
Saudi Arabia ships more oil to the world than any other nation but it is trying to diversify its economy by also making use of its tourism and entertainment assets. According to various tourists, Saudi Arabia is known for its hospitality. It is not uncommon to be invited to share a meal or a cup of gahwa (Arabic coffee) and dates. Your hosts and even strangers will want to extend their welcome and offer a token of their hospitality, like food or even a small gift. It is considered rude to refuse such an offering and we must accept their gift with our right hand.
Matt Courmoyer, a junior at the Northeastern University, on a unique fellowship to Saudi Arabia, said that this experiential learning to this country left him much wiser, inspired, and globally enlightened. However, Saudi Arabia is also known for setting the worst record of human rights violation. There are separate entrances for men and women in public spaces and women always have to wear an abaya (long cloth to cover their body) when they go out. Women can’t wear tight and skinny jeans and show any skin. Though recently Saudi Arabia removed prohibitions on women driving, polygamy is still very popular in Arabia. Men can still have up to 4 wives given that he divides his property equally among them.
Therefore, this sneak-peek of Saudi Arabia proves to be a small analysis of its scenic beauty and culture as well as their ruthless violation of human rights where developments are extremely uneven. Even their criminal justice system is not as solid as other countries. Sometimes people are not even informed of their crime when they are given punishment. This makes Saudi Arabia one of the most dangerous countries in the world but at the same time, we also can’t deny the presence of its rich culture and heritage which makes it unique.