Riyadh (/rɨˈjɑːd/; Arabic: الرياض ar-RiyāḍNajdi pronunciation: [er.rɪˈjɑːdˤ], is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5.7 million people, and the urban centre of a region with a population of close to 7.3million people.
The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by the governor of Riyadh Province, Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud. The current mayor of Riyadh is Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Almogbel, appointed in 2012. Riyadh has the largest all-female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University. It has been designated a global city.
During the Pre-Islamic era the city at the site was called Hajr (Arabic:حجر), and was reportedly founded by the tribe of Banu Hanifa. Hajr served as the capital of the province of Al Yamamah, whose governors were responsible for most of central and eastern Arabia during the Umayyad and Abbasid eras. Al-Yamamah broke away from the Abbasid Empire in 866 and the area fell under the rule of the Ukhaydhirites, who moved the capital from Hajr to nearby Al Kharj. The city then went into a long period of decline. In the 14th century, North African traveller Ibn Battuta wrote of his visit to Hajr, describing it as "the main city of Al-Yamamah, and its name is Hajr". Ibn Battuta goes on to describe it as a city of canals and trees with most of its inhabitants belonging to Bani Hanifa, and reports that he continued on with their leader to Mecca to perform the Hajj.
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Iran, meanwhile, has calculated that a gradual detente with Riyadh, a long-time U.S ...Relations worsened considerably in 2016, when Riyadh removed its diplomats after protesters attacked its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad in retaliation for the kingdom's executing the Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran in January 2016 following the storming of its embassy in Tehran in a row over Riyadh’s execution of a Shia cleric ... Riyadh last week called for a nuclear deal with stronger parameters and for involvement of Gulf states, which are concerned about Iran’s missiles programme and its support for regional proxies.
“It may take several more rounds ... An April 9 meeting in the Iraqi capital Baghdad focused on attempts to mend fences between Tehran and Riyadh, said the daily. Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran in 2016 in the aftermath of the storming of its embassy in Tehran in a row over Riyadh's execution of a leading Shia Muslim cleric. .
The women have been held at a Deportation Detention (Tarheel) Centre in Riyadh for periods ranging from eight to 18 months ...Amnesty International interviewed 11 individuals with close knowledge of the detentions, including migrant domestic workers, an activist and an official from the Sri LankanEmbassy in Riyadh.
Amnesty International interviewed 11 individuals with close knowledge of the detentions, including migrant domestic workers, an activist and an official from the Sri LankanEmbassy in Riyadh... A Sri Lankan official at the Embassy in Riyadh told Amnesty that they are unable to ...
A month earlier, he had been part of a meeting with the United Nations’ Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, with senior Saudi officials in Riyadh... support for the war, he’s continuing certain arms sales to Riyadh—and conspicuously not using the U.S ... embassy in Riyadh.
You already knew from television – whether from Yes, Minister or News at Ten – that the walls of embassies and government offices are hung with pictures ... But the near-disaster when the GAC wished to buy Patrick Caulfield's Fish and Sandwich for the new embassy then being built in Riyadh demonstrates the need for greater subtlety.
He tries to go beyond the city where the embassy is located, he said, and find “the Hinsdales of the places where I serve.” ... Hood’s origins in the Monadnock Region date back generations ... embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from a list of options because “it just sounded interesting and like the sort of place I never would be able to go otherwise.” ... .
Malgasy embassy in Saudi Arabia... I contacted the Malgasy embassy in Riyadh, but no one did anything about it and her body was left there, outside, for two or three months. At that time – last October – the Riyadh airport was closed and around 85 Malgasy female domestic workers needed to leave Saudi Arabia after having broken their contracts.