Summary: The Globalization Of Saudi Arabia

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Since Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and two of the holiest shrines are located in Mecca and Medina, it is known for having a strong religious belief system and a deeply rooted culture. The modern Saudi Arabia began in 1932 as this paved way to the unification of Saudi Arabia into one kingdom, and was founded by Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman ibn Faisal ibn Turki ibn Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al Saud. The discovery of abundant reserves of oil in 1938 in the Al-Hasa region along the Persian Gulf Coast has made Saudi Arabia into being one of the largest key producers of this in-demand commodity worldwide.
Located in the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, and north of Yemen, Saudi Arabia possesses 16% of the world’s petroleum
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This commodity allows any individual to travel at a lower cost which gives them the opportunity to have a glimpse of other cultures. Despite being one of the top producers of oil, Saudi Arabia’s stand in globalization only covers its support on an economic level. Cultural and political globalization is viewed as Americanization in Saudi Arabia, which threatens their faith and belief system. Furthermore, those who are unfamiliar of the positive contributions of globalization may view this as a pathway for alcohol imports, increased access to internet pornography and online gambling (The Globalist,…show more content…
Saudi Arabia is known for its aversion to outside influence due to their strong belief system and wide rejection for Westernization. (Giddens, 2000). However, Ahmed and Ishtiaq (2004) states that due to globalization, women in the middle east are now allowed to access German fashion products despite its strict dress code which consists of a black Abaya flowing from head to toe. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia has become the largest importer of German fashion products in the Middle East, transcending far more than a more liberal Dubai, UAE. (Henry and Springborg, 2001). Saudi Women are also seen frequently in restaurants, malls, libraries, and supermarkets. (UNESCO, 2008). Despite misconceptions by the western media, Arab women are now experiencing the positive impacts of globalization even on the smallest aspects ignored by the west such as clothing in this instance. Arab women are portrayed as downtrodden in western media; however, in this case, despite Saudi Arabia’s second thoughts on the negative effects of globalization, these women are given more access to fashion traditionally available only in the

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