saudi arabia

This Insane Luxury Hotel Will Help Transform Mecca Into Disneyland

Mecca — the ancient holy city that’s been the site of Islamic pilgrimages for millennia — is being turned into Disneyland. Helping complete its transformation? This 600m-tall hotel, which will tower over the city like a desert fortress on steroids, projecting a dazzling green laser show at night.


Saudi Arabia Is Building A 965km Wall Along The Iraq Border

Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to “protect against ISIS” in Iraq. And it’s not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won’t work. Why? Because walls aren’t just about security. They’re also powerful symbols.


They're Finally Building The World's New Tallest Tower

For three years, the fate of Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower has hung in the balance. Originally conceived in the heady days of the 2000s, the project has gone through multiple false starts since 2008. Now reduced to a mere kilometer, the tower has finally been given a start-date for construction.


How The Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building A Railroad Empire

In the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy 15 boring machines to build a sprawling new train system. And that’s nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states.


Saudi Arabian Men Now Get Text Alerts When Their Wives Leave The Country

In Saudi Arabia, if a woman leaves the country, her husband or male “guardian” will receive a text message to let him know that, even if she’s travelling with him, ho boy! His woman is on the loose.


IKEA Photoshops Women Out Of Saudi Arabia Catalogue

IKEA prints 208 million catalogues in 43 countries every year. They are all the same, except in Saudi Arabia, where women have been Photoshopped out because their photos “show too much skin,” according to the Islamic Kingdom’s laws. And it’s not the only thing that gets altered.


Hacker Group Claims To Have Shut Down World's Largest Oil Company

The New York Times reports that unknown computer hackers, who call themselves “Cutting Sword of Justice”, have claimed responsibility for spreading a malicious virus into Saudi Aramco, which is owned by the Saudi Arabian government.


Israeli Hackers Kill Saudi And UAE Stock Markets

(Internet) war in the Middle East continues, with today’s Israeli strike against the stock exchanges of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Both financial hubs were down for hours, and those responsible say they will “move to the next level”.


Aussie Finds Strange Ruins In Saudi Arabia Via Google Earth

Chalk another one up for Google Earth seeing everything we can’t. Australian armchair archaeologist David Kennedy simply fired up the app and managed to rediscover the ancient ruins of structures that rival the Nazca lines in southern Peru.


The First Image Of The World's New Tallest Building

This is the first image of what’s going to become the tallest building in the world by the end of the decade: The one kilometre! Kingdom Tower. It will dwarf the 828m Burj Khalifa. Take a look.