culture of saudi arabia

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History Established as a Kingdom in 1932 Abdul Aziz became king in 1937 Oil was Discovered in 1938 Muslims made contributions in mathematics, art, architecture, philosophy,chemistry, and more.

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5 PILLARS OF ISLAM Shahadah (Kalima)(Faith) Salat ( Five Daily Prayers) Zakat (Charity) Roza (Fasting) Hajj (Pilgrimage)

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Ramadan The Holy Month

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Hajj

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Language Arabic English Arabic Sign Immigrant Language Chinese Korean Somali Sudanese spoken Arabic Urdu

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Hello! As-salam alaykom السلام عليكم

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Men shake hands. Good friends may greet each other with a handshake and a kiss on each cheek. Women generally hug and kiss close friends. Men and women would not greet each other in public if from outside the family. Meeting Etiquette

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It is appropriate for men and women to cover most parts of the body, even in warm weather.

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For women, dressing Hajib is to respect oneself and prevent the lusting of men .

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Children are taught cultural values and customs at an early age. An Arabian Proverb states: , "He who grows on something, will grow old with it"

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-Courtship and dating is unacceptable -Most marriages are arranged -A man will likely pay a dowry for his brid e -Sex before mar riage is a grave dishonor that is pun ishable by law

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The Saudi Arabian work week begins on Saturday and ends on Wednesday The legal age to work is 13 Men conduct business and most public service jobs Women are only allowed jobs where they are away from the public

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Government Monarchy Constitution is the Holy Qur'an Strict enforcement on Laws, and limited Freedoms

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Economy Exports: $238 Billion in Oil (Petroleom & Products) Natural Resources: Gold, Silver, Iron, Copper, Phosphate Agricultural Resources: Livestock, Dates, Vegetables, Grains Imports: $88 Billion in Processed Foods, Textiles, Manufactured Goods, Transportation Equipment Trades with: China, Japan, Singapore, India, South Korea, Tawaiin, United States & Others

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Climate: Harsh and dry desert with very high and extreme temperatures.

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Rub Al-Khali Desert Asir Province

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Social and Economic Status Rich get Richer, and the Poor get Poorer! Some required to stand in lines for rations of water The Rich order food so lavishly they are often fined for the amount that is wasted The poor have group Wedding Ceremonies because they cannot afford an individual one The poor sew there own clothing for their families, while the Rich often spend so much the ATM's run out of money (especially during Ramadan)

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Education is separate for males and females Students are required to have a certain amount of Islamic Study time. Education is free

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It is typical for Arabic Tea or Coffee to be Served with dates or other small snacks Hospitality is Enjoyed by Hosts and their Guests in Saudi Arabia It is an Insult to the Host if the Guest Declines Refreshment

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No Pork or Alcohol Meat must be butchered in the name of God Lamb is served for Holidays or Honored Guests Fatir, a flat bread and kimaje, similar to pita is used at every meal, in place of a fork or spoon. The Fast Food Industry is Expanding

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Jenadrivah Heritage & Cultural Festival Started in 1985 Celebrated yearly for 2 weeks Traditional Arabian Culture is the Theme

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Travel guidelines Bibles allowed only for personal use Alcohol and arriving drunk are prohibited Inappropriate attire and pornography prohibited Importation of Pork is prohibited Homosexual activity, Adultery, and the importing of Drugs is Punishable by the death penalty RESPECTING THE CULTURE AND ISLAMIC LAW IS VITAL!

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