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Saudi Arabia Cultural Presentation

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Transcript of Saudi Arabia Cultural Presentation

Capital and largest city

Official Language


Saudi Riyal (SR)

+$740 Billion (USD)

Absolute Monarchy until 1992

Total - 830.000 sq miles

27,000,000 (43rd) (2010 census)
Foreign residents
8,400,000 (2010 census)
Religious Celebrations

Eid al-Adha or Festival of Sacrifice
Commemoration of Abraham sacrificing his only son.
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Americans in The United States
Traditional Dining Etiquette
Meaning of Food and Family
3 million Muslims make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca
The Prophet Muhammad instructed his disciples to "Eat together, and do not separate, for the blessing is in the company."
Saudi Arabian Food
(Family Home Made Food)
Food Staples
Focus on the importance of being together and sharing the experience.
Second only to the USA in World Food Program donations.
Several factories are dedicated just to this.
Dress conservatively
Generally do not eat with the opposite sex
Remove shoes
Greet the elders first
Wash hands before and after the meal
Use only the right hand to eat
Do not turn down food
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Cultural and Heritage Sites
Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
King Salman
National Emblem
National Food
National Animal
Largest Cities in Saudi Arabia

Social norms of Saudi Arabia
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Eating pork is prohibited
Only two religious holidays are publicly recognized.
Avoid admiring an item too much.
No freedom of speech
Behavior and dress enforced both legally and socially.
Restaurants have a separate entrance and eating areas.
Politics Of Saudi Arabia
The Qur'an and the Sunnah are declared to be the country's constitution.
No written modern constitution.
No political parties or national elections are permitted.
Only Arabian nation with no elections.
On September 25th 2011, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah announced that women will have the right to stand and vote in future local elections.
Non Verbal Communication

Pointing at another person is considered rude.
Crossing legs considers impolite.
A thumbs up gestures is offensive.

Verbal Communication
To show Respect when addressing elders, you must always use their correct title such as: Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.
A handshake or kiss on both cheeks and for a greeting you would say "As Salaamu Alykoum." - "peace be upon you."
When greeting the parents of a new born baby it's nice to say "Etrabba fe ezzikom." - "be raised in your goodness."
Religious Traditions
The five pillars of Islam

Shahadah: Declaring that Allah is the only God and Mohammed is God's messenger.
Salat : Ritual prayers 5 times a day.
Zakat: Charitably giving to the poor.
Sawm: Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime.
Mecca: "Makkah" in arabic is the center of Islamic world & the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed and the religion he founded which is Islam.
The place where Muslims practice Hajj & Omra.
Kaaba: Islam's most sacred point is located in Mecca.
Differences between
Sunni& Shi'a Muslims
Sunni: The larger group,of the two Muslims believes Abu Bakr, the prophet's stepfather should be the Caliph.

Shi'a: The smaller group, believed that Ali, the prophet's son in law should be the Caliph.
Saudi Family Traditions

Family Structure
Male being the head of the family
Men can marry 4 wives under the condition that they treat them equally.

Role of women
Women are responsible in roles of the household, such as:
Managing the house
Taking care of the children
We are currently in the largest immigration period.
In less than 10 Years the Saudi American population has more than tripled.
Saudi Traditional Dress Code
Al Ardha
The Majority of Saudi Americans live in California, Michigan and New York
The Arab-American community in metro Detroit produces as much as $7.7 billion annually in salaries and earnings.
That amounts to more than twice Detroit's annual budget.

Hookah Lounges

Video Games

Street Racing/Drifting


Meals during Ramadan bring unity and cause spiritual growth as a family.

Eid al-Fitr Festival of Breaking the Fast
Feast at the end of Ramadan
Celebration after time of prayer, devotion, fasting.
Common feast food is red meat. (lamb)
Horse/Camel racing
Saudi Arabia's most popular sport
Most successful national team in Asia. (4x World Cup qualifier)
Prestige and tradition
Proud purebred bloodlines
Combination of traditional Islamic design and modern structure.
Music and Poetry

Normally a huge celebration
Serves in creating alliances with other families.
Remains a turning point in many Saudi Arabian's lives.
The majority of marriages are arranged.

Important to the Saudi culture
Traditional music combines poetry and dance.
Al Ardha

The Arabian Government has a generous scholarship program.
Following WWII many Saudi Arabian men came to America for higher education.
During the 1990's this number decresed due to military tension.
Saudi Arabian college enrollment has gone from 11,000 students in 2006 to 71,000 in 2012.
Many Saudi Arabians first experience in the United States happens as Students
Traditional Coffee & Dates
Medina Munawara

*From US Census Data
The Real Saudi Arabia
National holidays are Islamic holidays
The End ...

Thank you For watching.
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