Saudi Arabia (i/ˌsɔːdiːəˈreɪbiə/, i/ˌsaʊ-/), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is an Arab state in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000km2 (830,000sqmi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria. 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 the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid inhospitable desert or barren landforms.
The area of modern-day Saudi Arabia formerly consisted of four distinct regions: Hejaz, Najd, and parts of Eastern Arabia (Al-Ahsa) and Southern Arabia ('Asir). The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud. He united the four regions into a single state through a series of conquests beginning in 1902 with the capture of Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the House of Saud. The country has since been an absolute monarchy, effectively a hereditary dictatorship governed along Islamic lines. The ultra-conservative Wahhabism religious movement within Sunni Islam has been called "the predominant feature of Saudi culture", with its global spreading largely financed by the oil and gas trade. Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "the Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca), and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam. The Kingdom has a total population of 28.7 million, of which 20 million are Saudi nationals and 8 million are foreigners.
DOHA ... “It was a really physical game but I am very happy with the victory and that we have taken another little step forward,” Messi told Argentine television. Argentina were one of the pre-tournament favorites and have since bounced back from losing to SaudiArabia in their opening game to progress to the last eight ... “That’s gone now.” ... ....
A Saudi fan walked from Jeddah to watch the World Cup... She then drove through the UAE and Saudi Arabia before entering Qatar ... The Qatari government, impressed by her passion for football, waived off all charges and welcomed her at the Abu Samra border between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
After the Canadians’ unfortunate loss against Croatia (4-1), they added a loss against Belgium in their first match (1-0) ... The next farewell is the Mexican national team led by Gerardo Martino, who failed to enter the round of 16 despite defeating SaudiArabia (1-2) and will watch the rest of the championship on television ... .
As football fans across the globe remain glued to their television sets due to the FIFA World Cup 2022 being hosted by Qatar, the fans in SaudiArabia were left in a tizzy after the official streaming platform of the football tournament was seemingly blocked.
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Video of young Saudis dancing joyfully in delight and waving the national flag outside the stadium, and of others leaping around televisions at home, offered a glimpse of a SaudiArabia often buried by negative headlines ... "A thousand thousand congratulations Saudi Arabia," said AminHassan from Sudan on Twitter.