- Written by Economist.com
AS THE governor of Mecca, Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud has been able to compensate for earlier failings. He came to his role in 2007 from Asir province, where his plans to erect modern tower blocks in the city of Abha were largely unfulfilled. He successfully erased Abha’s quaint old town, with its beehive houses made of wattle, only to replace them with squat breeze-block bungalows. Not a high-rise was to be seen.
Now, on top of what was Mecca’s old city of lattice balconies and riwaq arches, the prince has overseen the Middle East’s largest development project. Skyscrapers soar above Islam’s holiest place, dwarfing the granite Kaaba far below. Diggers flatten hills that were once dotted with the homes of the Prophet’s wives, companions and first caliphs.
- Written by Latheef Farook
Britain armed and financed Najd Tribal leader Ibn Saud
To attack and capture Makkah and Madinah
On condition that he never allows Caliphate again
The British colonial power armed and financed Ibn Saud to attack and capture Makkah and Madinah to prevent the establishment of Caliphate.
The British colonial power signed a Treaty of Friendshipin 1916 with Abdul Aziz Ibn Al Saud, who had established his control over Saudi Arabia’s Nejd region with the capture of Riyadh early last century.
That was the time when the British and the Zionist Jewswere jointly plotting to destroy the Ottoman Empire, abolish caliphate andweaken Islam and Muslim world.
- Written by Latheef Farook
In yet another vulgar display of power and wealth Saudi Arabia's Bedouin autocraticruler Salmanis on a visit to Indonesia, between March 1 and 9, as part of a month-long tour of Asia whichincludes Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives.
Saudi royals are known for travelling in grandiose style. They do not believe in the simplicity taught by Islam.King’s present visit is no exception.The octogenarian ruler and his 1500 entourage will spend most of the nine-day sojourn vacationing on Bali.
In addition to 10 ministers and 25 princes,he's being accompanied by at least 100 security personnel.
- Written by RT
The Saudi king, who is travelling around Asia on a month-long state visit with 400 tons (metric) of luggage, two limousines and a personal escalator in tow, has booked a total of five luxury hotels in Bali for his entourage.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud arrives on the Indonesian island Saturday with a 1,500-strong delegation, who will stay in no fewer than five luxury hotels in the lavish Nusa Dua resort area, according to AFP, who cited local police.
At least 2,500 police and military personnel, as well as six navy vessels anchored offshore, have been enlisted to guard King Salman over his week-long stay, Reuters reports.
- Written by www.RT.com
Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military intervention in Yemen, is the world’s second-largest arms importer, according to a new report. Riyadh’s arms imports increased 212 percent compared with 2007–11, with the US remaining the world’s top weapons exporter.
Between 2007–2011 and 2012–2016 arms imports by states in the Middle East rose by 86 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday.
India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in 2012–2016, accounting for 13 percent of the global total, the study said.