The Kindgom of Saudi Arabia has a population of almost 30 Million governed by a hereditary monarchy. It is one of the world's richest countries and finances itself largely by oil and gas trade.
Saudi Arabia is considered by Western countries as a dictatorship. It is the world's second largest weapons importer and adheres to the conservative movement within Sunni Islam referred to as Wahhabism. This page shows an automatic compilation of DW content dealing with Saudi Arabia.
Oil shipments were halted 10 days ago after two Saudi tankers came under attack by Houthi rebels. This week, Israel jumped into the fray, warning Iran that it was prepared to defend a key route — militarily if necessary.
Saudi officials have arrested two award-winning women's rights activists, who have been campaigning for years to end the male guardianship system in the Islamic kingdom. This comes despite Riyadh's recent social reforms.
The UN said Hodeida is "one airstrike away from an unstoppable" cholera epidemic. The port city through which most food and supplies enter Yemen is under attack by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels.
Women in Saudi Arabia made the headlines this week. They are now allowed to drive, thanks not least to the campaigning by some bold women. In this week's episode, we'll meet some other bold women: Abu Dhabi's first female falconer, an Indian activist fighting plastic pollution, an Italian investigative journalist uncovering a mozzarella scandal and a Canadian diver exploring underwater mysteries.