Top Saudi news stories of 2012















King Abdullah’s successful back operation and the fuel truck explosion that killed 23 people are among some of the most important Saudi news of 2012.

Saudi woman defies religious police over nail polish

A YouTube video of a Saudi woman defying orders by the notorious religious police to leave a mall because she is wearing nail polish attracted more than a million hits in just five days.

Saudi Arabia to end sponsorship system

The Saudi Ministry of Labour drafted a new law which could suspend the sponsorship system.

Saudi expats face deportation if found breaking fast during Ramadan

In a statement, the Interior Ministry warned non-Muslims to ‘show consideration for feelings of Muslims’ and ‘preserve the sacred Islamic rituals’ during Ramadan.

Saudi king sacks adviser over gender comments

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sacked an adviser who was an outspoken critic of the sexes mingling outside the home, something banned in the conservative kingdom.

Cars drive past Kingdom Tower in Riyadh in 2011. Saudi Arabia will …

Saudi boy, 4, 'kills father over PlayStation'

An angry four-year-old Saudi boy shot and killed his father for refusing to buy him a PlayStation.

Bin Laden's family deported to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan deported the family of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to Saudi Arabia in April; nearly a year after U.S. Special Forces killed the world's most wanted man in a north-western Pakistani town.

Two Indians slaving it out on Saudi camel farm

Two Indian workers promised construction work in Saudi Arabia but sold as slaves to a camel farm owner languished without food in the desert there.

Age of consent of marriage of Saudi girls

The Justice Ministry announced that it was to establish the age of consent for Saudi women to marry.

Saudi princess seeks changes in her country

Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, niece of Saudi king Abdullah, revealed the many changes she would like to see in her kingdom to BBC Arabic.

Saudi women at a shopping mall in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia will curb the powers of its notorious religious police charged …

Prince Alwaleed tops Forbes Middle East billionaires list

Forbes Middle East has revealed the Arab billionaires' ranking, composed of 36 distinctive billionaires from across the Arab world with a combined total net worth of $121.3 billion, improving on last year's figure of $117.6 billion.

Blaze kills Saudi Arabia wedding guests

At least 25 people were killed by an electric shock in a wedding in eastern Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh fuel truck explosion kills 23

At least 23 people were killed when a fuel truck crashed into a flyover in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday, triggering an explosion that brought down an industrial building and set fire to nearby vehicles.

Saudi King has successful back operation

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah undergone successful back surgery at a hospital in the capital, Riyadh, to tighten a loose ligament.