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· September, 2008

Stories about Saudi Arabia from September, 2008

Saudi Arabia: New Friends

From Saudi Arabia, Stilettos in the Sand has made new friends. Click on the link to see their pictures.

Saudi Arabia: No to Fashionable Abayas

Mosan Mosan, from Kuwait, writes about a crackdown by Saudi authorities on fashionable Abayas (black cloaks worn by women) ahead of Eid – a celebration which marks the end of...

Saudi Arabia: Compound life

Stranger in this Dunya explains what life on a compound in Saudi Arabia is like.

Saudi Arabia: Part of the tribe

Saudiwoman explains the significance of belonging to a tribe in Saudi Arabia: “To urban families, being called Bedouin has connotations of being unrefined and unruly. And in Bedouin families, being...

Saudi Arabia: Supercomputer to be developed

Crossroads Arabia reports that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology plans to build an IBM supercomputer.

Saudi Arabia: Happy National Day

“The country is changing, but at a glacial pace that is leaving me and many others dejected and frustrated. It is just disheartening to move in slow baby steps when...

Saudi Arabia: Outcry Over Fatwa to Kill Satellite TV Owners

A prominent Saudi scholar issued a religious decree - fatwa - calling for the killing of the owners of satellite television channels which broadcast immoral material. Bloggers from Saudi Arabia...

Saudi Arabia: Why Should Arabs Have Access to the Internet?

For days, cyberactivists have been busy discussing the case of Moroccan blogger Mohammed Erraji, who was arrested, put on trial, sentenced - and then freed, and then put on trial...

Saudi Arabia: The need for Saudi nurses

Saudi writer Sabria Jawhar argues that more Saudi women should become nurses: “Even in 2008 a stigma that nursing is a less than noble profession remains in Saudi minds.”

Saudi Arabia: Fighting hypocrisy

Saudi blogger Sara is tired of the hypocrisy she sees around her: “an example is people in ramadan do pretty weird things .. pretending to go to a religious lecture...

Yemen: Sixteen People Killed in US Embassy Attack

Sixteen people were killed when the US Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, was attacked with a car bomb and rockets today. One blogger was minutes away from the explosions.

Arabeyes: Ramadan Thoughts

With the holy month of Ramadan quickly wrapping up, bloggers from around the Arab world share their thoughts on the month, their activities, driving standards and their yearning for a...

Saudi Arabia: The need for laws not just education

Hala outlines her position on male guardianship over women: “I’m just a simple person who believes that although education about rights and wrong is important yet it’s not worthy without...

Saudi Arabia: Sarah Palin for Saudi?

American Bedu wonders whether Sarah Palin would make an ideal citizen of Saudi Arabia: “she favors creationist teaching instead of evolution…She does not believe in abortion… She ‘should’ know much...

Saudi Arabia: Traditional menswear revitalised – meet the iThobe

The traditional apparel for men in Saudi Arabia is a long white garment called a thobe. Recently a number of designers have been transforming the look of the thobe by...

Saudi Arabia: Women and their drivers

“In Saudi Arabia you can tell a lot about a woman by her relationship with her driver. Yes I call it a relationship. Because, unlike anywhere in the world, drivers...

Arabeyes: Daily life during Ramadan

In this post we look at different experiences of everyday life across the Arab world during Ramadan. We hear how Palestinians are coping in Gaza, how an Italian deals with...

Saudi Arabia: Anger at child marriages

Crossroads Arabia reports on the case of a girl who was married without even realising it: “Imagine going to get a new ID card and discovering that you’ve been married...

Saudi Arabia: Trip down memory lane

Susie of Arabia reminisces about how she met her Saudi husband in 1977; he had an afro and bell-bottom jeans, and was playing pool: “I learned my first Arabic words...

Saudi Arabia: Is wearing nail polish permitted in Islam?

American Bedu has learnt than many Muslim women do not wear nail polish for religious reasons. Find out why here.

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