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Arabic Word of the Day 74# [Journey in Arabia 16# - Saudi Arabia Facts!]

Hola! Today we’re going to continue our journey and we’re finally gonna jump to the awaited, Saudi Arabia! :D I hope you enjoy this post!

1# Saudi Arabia has 83,000 square miles (2,149,690 square km) in total area, which makes it the 13th largest country in the world.

2# Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East, about the size of Western Europe and one-quarter the size of the U.S

3# Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to the religion’s holiest shrines, Mecca and Medina

4# The Saudi king’s official title is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.” King Abdullah Bin Abd el-Aziz Al Saud has been king since 2005

5# Saudi Arabia takes witchcraft so seriously that the country has banned the Harry Potter books, and the government has set up an Anti-Witchcraft Action Unit, which is under the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPV), or Saudi Arabia’s religious police. The unit is charged with apprehending sorcerers and reversing the harmful effects of their spells.

6# All public schools in Saudi Arabia are religious, and the state mandates daily study of the Quran beginning in first grade and taking up roughly half the school day. At elementary school level, religious studies average a total of 9 periods a week while math, science, geography, history, and physical education combined average only 12 periods a week.

7# Saudi Arabia was rated the best place to do business in the Middle East by the World Bank.

8# Saudi Arabia is considering ending beheadings as the national form of execution in favour of firing squads because of a lack of swordsmen to be found in the country

9# Riyadh’s camel market is one of the largest in the world and sells about 100 camels per day

10# Non-Muslims cannot be buried within the borders of Saudi Arabia.

11# Over 95% of Saudi Arabia is desert or semi-desert, and the country is home to some of the largest desert areas in the world, including Al Nafud (Nafud Desert) in the north and Rub al-Khali (Empty Quarter) in the south

12# Sidewalk skiing is the name for tipping a car onto its side wheels on a public road, driving it on a tilt, and then climbing out and standing on top of the vehicle (though it’s all right if you leave someone in the car to drive). The activity appears to have gathered considerable popularity in Saudi Arabia.

13# Kingdom Tower is set to be the first building to reach more than a kilometre (3,280 ft) into the air and will include a hotel, observatory, and office space—as well as some apartments for those seeking a view.

14# Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river.

15# Arabs call coffee qahwa, a word that later became Arabic for ‘that which prevents sleep.’

16# Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is the 8th most powerful person in the world and the world’s most powerful Muslim.

17# About eighty percent of the Saudi Arabian labour force is non-national.

18# Baby camel is one of the most tender of Saudi meats; it is a specialty of Jeddah and Jejaz

19# The King’s Cup, which pits up to 2,000 participants racing across a 19 km track, is an epic camel race which takes place annually during the Al-Jenandriyah National Festival in Saudi Arabia

20# In Saudi Arabia, everything closes during salat (prayer time). Strictly enforced, salat can last up to 30 minutes.[So shops, restaurants etc… close down]

21# Officially, Saudi women may not travel abroad without the permission of their husbands.

22# In October 2013, the United States overtook Saudi Arabia, which had led the world for decades, as the world’s largest exporter of oil, averaging 12.1 million barrels per day that year.

23# Construction on Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower began in 2014. The new, tallest building in the world will stand 3,280 feet (1 km) high and will dwarf the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai by 600 feet (183 meters)

24# Islam, the last of the world’s great religions to get underway, originated in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century A.D. It is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity [includes Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants]

25# Saudi Arabia remains an absolute monarchy and has the last significant monarchy in the world. The country has been ruled by the Al Saud family since its inception as a nation on September 23, 1932

26# In 2012, Saudi Arabia banned smoking in government offices and most public places, which includes a ban on shishas (water pipes) and prohibits the selling of tobacco to minors.

27# Women were officially forbidden to drive within Saudi cities, although this became a formal law only in 1990. Saudi and foreign women were only allowed to drive inside the foreign oil compounds… But we know that’s not true anymore :p

28# In Saudi Arabia, wedding ceremonies are held separately for men and women. However, at some point during the wedding ceremony, or after its conclusion, the bride and groom do actually get together.

29# Birth control is illegal in Saudi Arabia.

30# Instead of an income tax, Saudi Arabia has the zakat. It is a 2.5% impost that is it is levied on assets rather than income and is required of Muslims but not on guest workers.

31# Saudi Arabian men typically dress in thobes, a lightweight cotton garment which is almost always white; bischts, a garment equal to an academic graduation gown; and gutras, or the traditional head scarf

32# They provide free public health care services.

33# They also have one of the most advanced banking systems on the planet.

34# All the people in Saudi Arabia are Muslim.

35# King Faisal introduced television to Saudi Arabia in 1965.

36# Before 2012, only men could sell women’s lingerie in Saudi Arabia.

37# The black abaya is the Saudi national dress for women.

If you want a simple description from a person who’s visited before, I’ll say that: It’s beautiful! It’s also HOT [get ready if you live in a cold place!], it’s also very religious [as you can probably tell], it’s sacred, it’s got awesome hotels, it’s also got cheap good flights, oh and you might enjoy going to Medina as well cus it’s cooler than Mecca [we had a hotel with a balcony there and it was warm and breezy :O aaah]. Also! Don’t leave ya kids locked on their own watching tv in the hotel cus the key not only closes the door, but closes all the fans too [so ya kids end up sweltering in the room XD]. But most importantly, if you want to go to the green dome, then make sure you go after it’s not crowded [it’s totally worth the wait… TRUST ME!]

Anyways, that’s a snippit of my view of Saudi Arabia, which I think is totally worth the visit! I hope you’ve also enjoyed the facts above cya later guys! :D Guess what’s for tomorrow? ;p

July 10, 2019

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

On 5# you made mention on religious police does Saudi Arabia have both a regular police force and a police force for religious purposes? (Very interesting post I didn’t know a lot of these facts.) Thank you!

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Yep I think! ;p [my country doesn't even have police XD these guys have two! LOL]... No problem Andres!! :D [Sorry I failed you guys twice in a row :3]

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

Libya doesn’t have a police force?

(I didn’t know that. Very interesting fact, thank you! Have you ever considered teaching? I always learn something new every time I read your posts, and you present the info. in a very fun/clear way.)

July 11, 2019

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No, they used to but not anymore ;p I can roam freely as a savage mushroom without getting caught :3 JK I think we have an army instead of police but it's kinda corrupt...

No, I haven't ever considered it cus I would imagine myself slapping any kid who's a pain in the back [which is every kid basically] then I'd go court so... No ;p

:D I'm glad you enjoy my posts anyways :) [though I have been procrastinating recently :3]

July 14, 2019

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5# Saudi Arabia takes witchcraft so seriously that the country has banned the Harry Potter books, and the government has set up an Anti-Witchcraft Action Unit, which is under the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPV), or Saudi Arabia’s religious police. The unit is charged with apprehending sorcerers and reversing the harmful effects of their spells.

I'm shocked! Harry Potter is BANNED! Even though I never liked it[hehe ;p]. 'It's a travesty of justice.'[No one'll get this but who cares hehe ;p I'm so lame what's with me and my lame quotes]

Nice post even though I had to wait about two WHOLE days. ^-^

Next hmmmmmmmmmmmm......... Let me think about it.

2 days later: Waiting for a post to come out wrapped up in a Somali flag eating bananas and rice.

3 days later:

So bored ;p

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Sawwwrryy!! I've finally posted now ;D

July 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SCHK18

rip baby camels

July 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Lol true :3

July 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrP1zza

Wow those are interesting! I love facts and collect them but, i didn't know most of these facts!

July 12, 2019

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Lol neither did I XD I'm glad you liked these

July 14, 2019
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