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Saudi Arabia Webguide by Elissa Slotkin For the relative advancement of Saudi Arabia in relation to other Middle Eastern countries, it has far fewer useful sites then you would expect. Tight government control over sites based on Saudi soil may be one reason. Of what is available, there is a heavy focus on oil. Since many good webguides to Saudi Arabia already exist, I’ve tried to include only the sites with the greatest “depth”, with links to the best existing guides. General Jumping Off Points http://gulf2000.columbia.edu/country/saudi_arabia/ This is Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project Saudi Arabic page. This should be your first stop for basic information, national newspapers, oil resources, human rights and general background. http://www.hejleh.com/countries/saudi.html Amazing site, chock full of links ranging from Saudi newspapers, to tourism, arts and culture, banking and finance, all the universities, vital statistics and history and more. This site is like one big links page, on everything from basic facts to art and culture. Links to all the encyclopedia entries. http://www.saudinf.com/ Saudi Arabian Information Resource site. More than 2,000 pages of information on every aspect of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Incredible site, with everything from Saudi law to foreign relations and agricultural development. A very “deep” site, updated regularly. http://www.saudia-online.com/ The Yahoo of Saudi Arabia. Search categories like “Arts and Humanities”, “history” etc. for a very general background. The news section is not-so-subtly anti-Israeli and anti-American. http://www.datarabia.com/ This is a centralized resource for information on Saudi Arabian business, government, and the Saudi Royal family. All of these directories provide free searches for basic information, though past a search, you’ll have to subscribe and pay a fee. Good site for those interested in the Al Saud family. Islam http://www.iad.org/ If you’re interested in a primer on Islam, this is a good start. Economic Development http://lnweb18.worldbank.org/mna/mena.nsf/a094e14c86202fac852567d60065d049/6aca7635c2b 340ba852567ee0068d621?OpenDocument The World Bank’s Saudi Arabia page. Great statistical info. Saudi International Relations http://usembassy.state.gov/riyadh/ The US Embassy in Saudi Arabia. Good site for those interested in Saudi’s response to 9/11. www.whitehouse.gov/nsc The homepage of the United States National Security Council. Search with the keyword “Saudi Arabia” to get an impressive list of US-Saudi related info, press releases, agreements, etc. Important site for anyone interested in US-Saudi relations. http://www.un.int/saudiarabia/ The Saudi mission to the UN. Includes transcripts of speeches at the UN, multilateral treaties, and a full Saudi country profile. Included development history, environmental measures, social development, etc. http://www.biu.ac.il/Besa/Nsearch.html Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies….search “Saudi Arabia” for articles and primary documents on Israeli-Saudi relations Human Rights http://www.amnesty.org/ailib/intcam/saudi/ Amnesty International Saudi page. http://www.hrw.org/mideast/saudiarabia.php Human Rights Watch Saudi page. Full of recent human rights articles, reports and background on Saudi Arabia. Oil and Natural Resources Most of the sites listed in the first section of this webguide can be searched by topic. Enter in “oil” or “natural recourses” for an incredible volume of information, from oil company home pages to supply depletion predictions. http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/saudi.html The US Dept. of Energy’s website. Great resource if you’re interested in oil. Links to oil companies, etc. US Military Presence in Saudi Arabia http://www-sa.arcent.army.mil/ US Third Army, stationed in Saudi Arabia. For numbers, mission statement, history and news on the US army presence in Saudi, with links to army missions in Kuwait and Qatar. News Links http://www.sauditimes.com/ Excellent site that goes beyond regular newspaper coverage. Good links to info on oil, the Saudi take on Iran, Iraq and Israel, business and regional politics. Good links to other Mid-East news sources. http://menic.utexas.edu/menic/Countries_and_Regions/Saudi_Arabia/News_and_Media/ University of Texas’s link to Saudi newspapers. http://www.arabicnews.com/ Search daily news by country or topic. Stories drawn from Arab press from across the Arab world in English. http://www.arabpolitical.com/ News from all over the Arab world. Great media resource. http://www.middleeastwire.com/ Excellent compilation of news from around the Middle East. Unique in its reporting of stories in Israel/about Israel that are more balanced then other sites I’ve seen http://www.middle-east-online.com/English/ News from around the Middle East. Often not sourced but often with more obscure stories and news from North Africa. http://www.cc.utah.edu/%7Ejwr9311/MENA/National/Saudi.html Full of links to official Saudi sites, individual homepages and a good number of listserves and on- line discussion groups.
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