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Society of Saudi Arabia

The Al Saud family performing a traditional sword dance
The Al Saud family performing a traditional sword dance

With the spectacular growth of the oil sector, the Saudi Arabian society experienced sweeping changes after World War II. The outward manifestation thereof is impressive yet misleading. In many ways, Saudi society has remained starkly conservative. The religious establishment, traditionally closely aligned to the Al Saud, ensures that this remains the status quo.

Riyadh in 1961.

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