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Saudi arabia in 1 minute

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  • 1. Saudi Arabia in 1 Minute a quick overview of the kingdom today
  • 2. Saudi Arabia Flag, image by erjkprunczyk, image retrieved from Flickr, used under CC license.
  • 3. Governance ● The Saud Family rule the country with a monopoly on power. ● Political parties are banned.
  • 4. Governance ● Governance is in the form of authoritarian monarchy with strict adherence to Islamic (Sharia) law. ● Saudi Arabia follows an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam, translated to English as Wahhabism.
  • 5. Geography ● Saudi Arabia is home to two of Islam’s most holiest sites: Mecca and Medina. 7am at Mecca. image by marviikad, image retrieved from Flickr, used under CC license.
  • 6. Economy ● Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of petroleum.
  • 7. Media ● Saudi Arabia has a heavily censored and state-dominated press. ● Authorities use the press to educate the public, communicate government views and promote national unity.
  • 8. Internet ● The kingdom has a severely rigorous, yet highly consistent and transparent Internet filtering regime. ● In 2012, approximately half of the Saudi population were Internet users.
  • 9. Block page of filtered webpage. image by Curtis Palmer, image retrieved from Flickr, used under CC license.
  • 10. Demographics ● Approximately 70% of the population are under 30 years old. Saudi Arabia. image by Stefan Krasowski, image retrieved from Flickr, used under CC license.
  • 11. National Psyche ● The kingdom strives for a balance between: - old / new - reform / traditions - globalised progress / Islamist identity This is the central tenet that is greatly challenging Saudi Arabia in these changing times.
  • 12. Building in Riyadh. image by xsix, image retrieved from Flickr, used under CC license