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Saudi Arabia: Country in Southwestern Asia
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest sovereign state in Western Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, the fifth-largest in Asia, and the 12th-largest in the world. Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast and Yemen to the south; it is separated from the Sinai (Egypt) in the north-west by the Gulf of Aqaba. Saudi Arabia is the only country with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland and mountains. As of October 2018, the Saudi economy was the largest in the Middle East and the 18th largest in the world. Saudi Arabia also has one of the world's youngest populations, with approximately 50 percent of its population of 34.2 million being under 25 years old.

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Might Al Harrah desert drawings reveal the Middle East’s forgotten past? [Video]

Might Al Harrah desert drawings reveal the Middle East’s forgotten past?

In this vast plain of the Al Harrah desert, stretching from Syria across north-eastern Jordan and into Saudi Arabia, ancient drawings are carved into volcanic basalt rock.View on euronews

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Honeymoon over? Biden win would reset Saudi ties [Video]

Honeymoon over? Biden win would reset Saudi ties

Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, has enjoyed close ties, some would say a free pass, with Donald Trump in the White House. Joe Biden has promised that if he becomes U.S. president,..

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Fiancee of slain journalist Khashoggi sues Saudi crown prince [Video]

Fiancee of slain journalist Khashoggi sues Saudi crown prince

The fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) over the death of her husband to be.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:55Published
In a changing Saudi Arabia, the first dog cafe delights pet lovers [Video]

In a changing Saudi Arabia, the first dog cafe delights pet lovers

Barking Lot is the first pet café in the ultra-conservative kingdom where, until recently, dog-walking was banned from public places.View on euronews

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Watch: In Mecca, pilgrims return to Islam's holiest site [Video]

Watch: In Mecca, pilgrims return to Islam's holiest site

A very small number of people circled the Kaaba in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months.View on euronews

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Umrah pilgrims return to Mecca [Video]

Umrah pilgrims return to Mecca

Mecca slowly stirred from a seven-month slumber on Sunday as pilgrims trickled in after Saudi authorities partially lifted a coronavirus ban on performing the umrah - a pilgrimage to Islam's two..

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Introducing: Saudi Arabia's female bodybuilders [Video]

Introducing: Saudi Arabia's female bodybuilders

Some Saudi women are hitting above their weight-class in this gym in the heart of the capital Riyadh, lifting weights and throwing punches with the aim of competing.

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Government considering to start application submission of Haj 2021: Naqvi [Video]

Government considering to start application submission of Haj 2021: Naqvi

Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on September 26 informed that government is considering to start process of Haj 2021 application from October-November. "We are considering to start..

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Meet the women running a Saudi Arabian factory [Video]

Meet the women running a Saudi Arabian factory

A factory packaging dates in Saudi is now fully run by women, who manage, market, package, drive forklifts and deliver the prized commodity to their local communities.

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Protests in Yemen to mark 2,000 days of Saudi-led attacks [Video]

Protests in Yemen to mark 2,000 days of Saudi-led attacks

Yemenis have been demonstrating in their capital to mark 2,000 days since the start of a Saudi-led offensive.

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Saudi Arabia overturns death sentences in Jamal Khashoggi killing [Video]

Saudi Arabia overturns death sentences in Jamal Khashoggi killing

nidentified defendants instead handed between seven and 20 years in prison over the journalist's murder in Turkey.

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Saudi Arabia jails eight over Khashoggi murder [Video]

Saudi Arabia jails eight over Khashoggi murder

The ruling effectively sets aside five previous death sentences, following a decision from the journalist's family to pardon his killers. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Saudi Arabia reduces sentences of eight convicted in Khashoggi murder [Video]

Saudi Arabia reduces sentences of eight convicted in Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia has convicted eight people charged in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported on Monday.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:26Published
Inside world's largest camel hospital in Saudi [Video]

Inside world's largest camel hospital in Saudi

The world's biggest hospital for treating camels opened its doors in Saudi Arabia's central Qassim region to provide medical services and conduct research on the Kingdom's beloved desert animal.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:33Published
On board the historic Tel Aviv-Abu Dhabi flight [Video]

On board the historic Tel Aviv-Abu Dhabi flight

An El Al Boeing 737 carrying senior U.S. and Israeli aides made aviation history by cutting straight over Saudi territory en route to Abu Dhabi on Monday for normalisation talks. Emer McCarthy reports.

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