Saudi Arabia is a kingdom which geographically dominates the Arabian peninsula.
Saudi Arabia contains Islam's holiest cities — Mecca (Makkah) and Medina (Madinah) — where Muslim pilgrims throng during the Hajj. The Hajj, along with a few crops that grow well in oases, such as medjool dates, used to be the country's main source of income before oil was discovered in 1938.
The country strongly enforces a very strict interpretation of Islamic law, even though minor relaxations have been adopted in the last few years, the most notable one being allowing women to drive. If you are not prepared to accept several limitations on your behavior and freedom of expression, you should not travel to Saudi Arabia.
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