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Saudi Arabia Culture: Inside the Kingdom   by Chris Robertson

Over the years, Americans' perceptions of Saudi Arabia culture have shifted dramatically. At one time, Baby Boomers and their parents may have associated the Kingdom with the folklore of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad. During the 1970s, the country was at the center of the vortex of the oil crisis. In the post-9/11 world, Saudi Arabia has been viewed by many with suspicion, if not downright hostility. Skyrocketing costs at the gas pump have fueled an increasingly vocal chorus of those calling for energy independence. Despite the extent to which the two countries are intertwined, however, most Americans don't know very much about Saudi Arabia beyond the images of sand and mystery that they've seen in movies or read about in a novel.
But even the best book notes won't lift the veil and reveal the true essence of Saudi Arabia culture. To do that, you have to read the account of someone who has lived and worked among the Saudi people, who has experienced, firsthand, history in the making.  There are few outsiders who regularly interact with Wahhabi Muslims in Saudi Arabia, for example, since most non-Arabs live in segregated compounds.

The real insights into the culture come from people like those who have worked in nursing in Saudi, and thus have seen the good, the bad, and the unthinkable.  For example, something that Westerners take for granted - like an aspirin - can be rife with controversy in Saudi Arabia culture.

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Although aspirin's anti-clotting properties have many useful medical purposes, for years women were prohibited from taking the analgesic. Why? The thought was that aspirin could cause longer menstrual periods, which meant that a woman would be "unclean" for a greater length of time, which in turn would lead to an absence of conjugal relations and the possibility that the husband would engage in a sinful act with another woman.
Architectural Feature of Al Dir'Aiyah Palace, Ancestral Home of Al-Saud, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Westerners are often perplexed by even the simplest Saudi customs, such as Saudis' traditional garb. In truth, the multi-layered robes are extremely practical as a means of trapping the body's moisture and prevent dehydration in the searing desert sun. Although much has been made of the abaya, or black garment, that Saudi women wear for modesty reasons, most Westerners don't realize that behind closed doors and only in the company of other women, the abayat come off. Underneath, the wealthy are often wearing the latest fashions that have been imported from New York, Paris, and Milan.

To one extent or another, each of us is ethnocentric, believing that our culture and our traditions are superior to those of another. 

Saudi Arabia culture is no different, in that Wahhabis believe that this Sunni sect of Islam is superior to all others. Similarly, Americans tend to believe that their culture is superior to that of Saudi Arabia. The truth, of course, is at neither extreme. Indeed, it is only through exposure to another's culture through the eyes of someone who has lived it can we build bridges of understanding.


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Famous Saudi Arabia Landmarks   by Christine Woodad

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia covers much on the Arabian Peninsula. The state has been united in 1932 by King Abdulaziz. It truly is surrounded by the lands Oman, Yemen, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates. The nation is the 14th greatest in the world. Saudi Arabia incorporates mountains, mountain ranges, plateaus, and deserts. These deserts usually do not support life and most of the population is living in the western and eastern coastal regions or in the interior of the nation. The region along the Persian Gulf is rocky and sandy. Saudi Arabia, which is covered mostly by deserts, includes a warm temperature most of the time. Still, the mountainous regions sometimes knowledge snowfall.
As a consequence of its history, culture, wealth, and technological advancements, Saudi Arabia has in a very short space of time become a famous traveler destination. The key tourist attraction in this country is Mecca, that is visited by countless Muslims each year. They go to this spot according to the Islam recommendation as being a spiritual journey and it has the Kaaba Enclosure and the birthplace of their prophet Muhammed, the House of Abdullah Bin Abdul Muttalib.

The other well-known places in Saudi Arabia are Riyadh, Hasa, Jeddah, and Hejaz. Riyadh may be the country's capital manufactured of several buildings and malls also it houses certainly one of the greatest airports in the world. It has been one of the most progressive cities in the country. 

Exterior of Traditional Mud Najran Fort, Najran, Asir, Saudi Arabia
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Hasa, that is situated in the eastern component of Saudi Arabia, is common for its coastal locations, fishing markets, and oil deposits.

These petroleum deposits have attracted foreign investors, contributing to the financial stability on the kingdom. Jeddah can be a historic area that by no means fails to attract visitors owing to its architectural buildings and its world-class restaurants. Hejaz will be the trading and business spot in Saudi Arabia. This is also the cultural capital on the kingdom.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia features delectable dishes that satisfy the diner's palate. These dishes may be influenced by Arabian cooking or by various countries globally such as Oriental, Indian, American, and European. International junk food chains are turning out to be popular in the country.


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