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Saudi Arabian Gambling Laws

By Reno Rollins

Gambling is illegal in Saudi Arabia. This is due to the country being governed under Islamic law, with the Qur’an being considered the constitution of the country. On a side note, Islamic law also forbids public cinemas, eating pork and drinking alcohol.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also controls the content which its citizens can access over the Internet. It does this by using a sophisticated filtering system which aggressively targets sites involving pornography, gambling, drug use, filtering circumvention tools and religious conversion of Muslims.

Facts About Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (also referred to as The Kingdom) is located on the Arabian Peninsula and is bordered by Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. The country has an estimated population of 27.5 million, making it the 14th largest state in the world.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading exporter of petroleum, and this counts for 90 percent of their exports and three-fourths of government revenues. Many tourists also make pilgrimages to the nation, as Makkah and Medina, the two holiest locations in Islam, are located within the borders of the country.

The Saudi legal system can be harsh, prescribing amputation of hands and feet for crimes such as murder, robbery, rape, drug smuggling, adultery or homosexuality. Public drunkenness can earn the offender a flogging. It is also the only country in the world which forbids women to drive.

As of 2006, the population of Saudi Arabia was estimated to be around 27,019,731. Eighty-five percent of these citizens are ethnically Arab. The major religion is Islam, with most of the populace adhering to the theological interpretation known as Salafism or Wahhabism.

The Saudi Royal Family

Saudi Arabia derives its name from the House of Saud, an Arabian royal family with influence in the Arabian peninsula dating back to the 18th century. The Saudis were just one of many such houses until World War I, when the Saudis allied with the British government in ending Ottoman Turk power and influence in the Arabian peninsula.

The Saudis eventually established Saudi Arabia in 1932 and had the ambition to unite the entire Arabian peninsula under their rule and under the influence of the Wahhabist version of Sunni Islam.

There are estimated to be about 7,000 members of the Saudi royal house, though only the 200 or so closest in succession are thought to hold substantial political power. 

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