The Middle East is a sketchy and controversial region, which attracts new problems every day. This region is also full of oil. Oil has become the most desired commodity of the 21st century, and people are ready to sacrifice their souls for it. It results in many conflicts, dictatorships, oppression, and tyranny. If you don't believe me, let the facts talk for itself.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East. Naturally, it possesses the largest amount of oil as well. Sadly, the people of Saudi Arabia don't usually get the chance to enjoy the wealth. You guessed it right; all the money stays within the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family, also known as the House of Saud. Of course, it is a huge family, and they need a lot of money to satisfy their inadequate needs, soaked with vanity. It is impossible to say precisely how many people belong to the House of Saud, but it is in the thousands for sure. There are about 15,000-30,000 members in total, but "only" around 2,000 of them are in control of the family's wealth. So, the rest are fighting for their share of the pie, while the King is wasting all the money in the treasury. The worst part, the entire Saudi Arabia's population only receives what's left after the feast is over.
And boy oh boy, those feasts of the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family are hardcore. These people think they're above the law. As the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
15 459 Tons Of Luggage For A 9-Day Trip
Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud (His name is crazy enough for a separate article), the head of the House of Saud is a very rich person. If you thought that Hollywood celebrities are wasting money, Salman takes it to a whole new level. For instance, he took 459 tons of luggage on a nine-day trip to Indonesia. What the hell is wrong with that guy? I wouldn't even have enough of imagination to think of so many unnecessary things.
So what was in the luggage? Well, my favorite things are two Mercedes-Benz s600 limousines and two electric elevators. Why? I mean, doesn't Indonesia have any cars or elevators? Or Salman is just so used to using his electric elevator that it is impossible to adapt to a new one anymore? The JAS airlines hired 572 workers only to deal with the luggage of King Salman. Those numbers are just way too bizarre.
14 The Game Of Saudi Arabia's Throne
There are way too many princes in Saudi Arabia. Sadly, there is only one throne. What happens in situations like this? Well, if you watched Game Of Thrones, you know the answer.
Back in 1975, people loved King Faisal, who had a close relationship with the United States, invested in the modernization of Saudi Arabia, and actually cared for his people. Sadly, his nephew, Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed, hated King Faisal with all his heart. On March 25, 1975, the prince approached the King and shot him three times in front of the nation. Medics couldn't help King Faisal, and he passed away soon after the shooting. Strangely, his last wish was to spare the life of Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed. That said, the high religious court found the prince guilty and beheaded him in a public place. So, the next time you think that being a king is cool, think about all the jealous relatives that will want your death as well.
13 Hypocrisy And Alcohol During Parties
I know that it is acceptable to get wasted during a party in the Western world. However, the situation is entirely different in Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia. Any kind of alcohol consumption in Saudi Arabia is prohibited. People who refuse to obey this law pay with their well-being or sometimes even their lives. Unless, of course, those people belong to the House of Saud. The Royal Family is above the law, and they can do whatever they wish. And believe me, they love to get wasted. There are a lot of cases of people who worked for the princes who reported that alcohol and drug abuse is common at Saudi royal parties. It is hypocritical on so many levels because those two-faced princes are the ones who passionately speak about the importance of law the next day. These princes are the ones who punish the rest of the nation. However, those princes also have enough of money to buy themselves complete privacy and anonymity. And if anyone ever dares to betray their secret... well, let's just say that he or she should leave Saudi Arabia before those princes come.
12 Saudi Arabia's Royal Family Silently Deals With The Ones Who Know Too Much
The Game of Saudi Arabia's Throne continues with a new episode, in which we will see how Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd kidnaps his cousin Sultan bin Turki just because Turki wanted to tell the world all the truth.
Seriously, Saudi Arabia's Royal Family is extremely corrupted and rotten from the inside. However, they have all the money to get rid of everyone who is dumb enough to talk about their corruption. For example, while staying in Geneva in 2004, Sultan bin Turki said that he was going to reveal the secrets of the evil government of Saudi Arabia. Next day, his cousin, Prince Abdul Aziz, ordered his immediate transportation back to Saudi Arabia. The Prince's minions then drugged Sultan bin Turki and dragged him back to Saudi Arabia. Strangely, Sultan bin Turki never filed any official complaint, and he never talked about the crimes of his family again. He only blamed his cousin for kidnapping him, but the real problems stayed underground.
If anyone talks too much, then they might find themselves in an unfortunate accident.
11 Princess Misha'al Execution For Loving The Wrong Man
Princess Misha'al bint Fahd was a gorgeous princess from the House of Saud. She was only 19 years of age when her family executed her for "adultery." I always thought these things only happened in movies.
Princess Misha'al had to marry her cousin aginst her will. She didn't love or even like the man. However, being a part of the royal family has its disadvantages. On top of all the misery, Misha'al met the man of her dreams, Khaled, when she went to Beirut. She couldn't resist Khaled's charm, and the couple began an affair. Both of them knew that it was not a smart move, so they tried to leave Saudi Arabia. Sadly, other members of the House of Saud caught them and she was viciously executed. The relatives of Misha'al even made Khaled watch how she died before beheading the poor man. That is just another example of how Saudi Arabia's royal family treats the rebels, even if those rebels are family.
10 Smuggling Cocaine Without Punishment
It would seem that Saudi Arabia's Royal Family has all the money in the world and they don't need to get involved in anything sketchy and illegal. However, in 2004, Prince Nayef bin Fawwaz Al Shalaan tried to smuggle 4,400 lb (2,000 kg) of cocaine from Colombia to Europe. He used his private Boeing 727 to stack all the cocaine, and he planned to launder all the money through the Kanz Bank (he owns it of course). Well, apart from the fact that Prince Nayef didn't need more money at all, this plan was quite clever. Sadly, the French authorities caught him red-handed. That's where the best part of the story begins.
The House of Saud intervened and commanded France to let the prince go. They even threatened to dismiss a couple of important business deals with France if it didn't obey. So, the accomplices of Prince Nayef are probably still rotting in jail, while he is freely enjoying the sun of Saudi Arabia.
9 Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Assassinated His Gay Lover
When Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud brutally killed his gay lover in 2010, he was mostly concerned about proving the court he was not a homosexual. It sounds off to me. Of course, in Saudi Arabia homosexuality is still among the worst crimes, punished by execution. So, Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz had beaten his manservant and lover, Bandar Abdulaziz, 37 times, bitten both of his cheeks, ordered a couple of glasses of milk from the reception and pretended that he was innocent. This crime happened on Valentine's Day. That's how Saudi Arabia's Royal Family celebrates love.
Unfortunately, Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz committed this crime in London, so he had to face the trial in the UK. The British court convicted and jailed Prince for life. However, he was soon sent back to Saudi Arabia in exchange of five Britons. Yes, no doubt he is walking free again.
8 Giving Free Hugs Is A Massive Crime In Saudi Arabia
The House of Saud released an awful lot of controversial laws during their reign. However, people in Saudi Arabia cannot do a thing about it. They must obey and pretend that they are happy unless they want to get in trouble. There is a special Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Hayaa) established only to make sure that people are praying and not acting like "perverted" westerners.
In 2013, a 21-year-old man Abdulrahman al-Khayyal watched a video on YouTube, in which a man was giving free hugs to random strangers. Abdulrahman thought that it would be a great idea to do the same in Saudi Arabia. He went to the streets with a "Free Hugs" sign and started hugging strangers. It took no time for Hayaa to show up and arrest Abdulrahman for the "supposedly audacious and criminal actions." There are no records of where he is now, but he is lucky if he's not in jail.
7 Saudi Arabia's Royal Family And Human Trafficking
Naturally, anything related to the oldest profession in the world is prohibited in Saudi Arabia. And there is nothing wrong with that. However, it would be nice if the House of Saud obeyed this law as well. Sadly, it is not the case.
For example, it is illegal to celebrate Halloween in Saudi Arabia for its "un-Islamic" nature. However, Prince Faisal al-Thunayan held a massive Halloween party at his enormous residence. Reports show that around 150 men and women came to the party. The only difference is that men joined the party on their free will, while the women had no other option. Oh yes, those poor women in Prince Faisal's party were for sale. How did Saudi Arabia's Royal Family react when they found out that Prince Faisal broke a couple of laws in one night? They ignored this and threatened to deal with everyone who ever talked about it.
6 Censorship Of The Media
WikiLeaks revealed the secrets of thousands of the most influential people in the world, including members of the House of Saud. A lot of people tried to fight WikiLeaks and censor the information, but I doubt that anyone does it more successfully than Saudi Arabia's Royal Family. They simply banned WikiLeaks in their country. Today, anyone who even says the name of the organization is in big trouble.
Yes, we are talking about one of the richest countries in the world in the 21st century. It is impossible to find any sort of free speech in Saudi Arabia, as the spoiled Royal Family controls everything. What is even more spectacular, the members of the House of Saud don't have all the freedom they want as well. Every time they do something; they must ask for King Salman's permission. After all, there is only one throne.
5 Unpaid Bills And Crazy Behavior
By now, you already know that the House of Saud has an awful lot of money. They could buy the world itself if they wanted. However, a lot of competent companies from all over the world don't want to deal with this family. So what is the reason? Well, they are not exactly the type of customers that pay their bills.
For example, Princess Maha al-Ibrahim refused to pay $1.5 million to the limousine company in Geneva. There is no particular reason for this kind of behavior as the company met all the princess's requirements. Ironically, her husband used to be the deputy minister of defense and aviation in Saudi Arabia. Is it normal that I don't trust the government of Saudi Arabia anymore? Anyway, the spokesman of the limousine company only said: "We don't work with this family anymore, for the obvious reasons." And there are hundreds more of similar cases because the House of Saud thinks they are immortal.
4 Family Members Get Any Job They Want
There are about 30,000 members and 7,000 boys in the House of Saud. All of those boys need to have prestigious jobs to "earn" a lot of money and to keep the good name of the family. So, the job interviews are only formalities in Saudi Arabia as long as one of the members of the Saud want the job. It does not matter if a person has all the required qualities for the job. The only thing that matters is his or her surname. It not only hurts the people who loose their potential jobs in an unfair battle, but it also hurts Saudi Arabia in general as unqualified people make the most important decisions.
If you ever thought that getting a decent job is hard in your country, remember that in Saudi Arabia it is impossible. The House of Saud doesn't care about the fate of Saudi Arabia as long as they have access to the oil platforms.
3 Princes Steal From The People
Of course, some members of Saudi Arabia's Royal Family don't have that much money. However, they still have their name, and it means a lot in Saudi Arabia. I mean, they can do whatever they want, knowing their royal name will get them out of the trouble. According to a cable, released by WikiLeaks in 2011:
“Other ways some princes obtain money include borrowing from the banks, and not paying them back. With the possible exception of national commercial bank, which has always been viewed here as the royal family's bank, Saudi banks generally turn royals away unless they have a proven repayment track record. Princes also use their clout to confiscate land from commoners, especially if it is known to be the site for an upcoming project and can be quickly resold to the government for a profit.”
So, when evil princes need more money for their hardcore parties, they just go and take it from the banks of even worse, the innocent locals.
2 Saudi Arabia Is Just Like North Korea
Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressed countries in the world. There is no elections, political parties, or parliament. The country belongs to King Salman and his family. They can do whatever they want without any punishments. The rest of the world is afraid to interrupt or restrict Saudi Arabia, which controls the distribution of oil. Everyone knows that people in Saudi Arabia are living in the hell, but no one can do a thing.
According to the annual Freedom House rankings, Saudi Arabia is the worst country in the world, when it comes to civil and political freedom. Only North Korea and a couple of African dictatorships are as evil. However, when blogger Raif Badawi tried to speak about this problem, he was punished with 1,000 lashes. So, people don't want to try their luck and choose to live in fear.
1 Dancing Can Turn You Gay In Saudi Arabia
Everyone in Saudi Arabia is afraid of Hayaa. It is a ferocious organization, which doesn't care about Saudia Arabia's people. It only tries to terrify the nation and keep the power of Saudi Arabia's Royal Family. However, sometimes even they cross all the lines.
For example, Hayaa once invaded a private residence of a local Saudia Arabian. They found a group of men dancing. That was it. However, according to Hayaa, those men were found in “compromising situation in their dance and shameful movements." That was enough to arrest all the innocent males. On top of that, Hayaa contacted the parents of the "criminals" and ordered them to control their kids “because it can lead to immorality and even homosexuality.” Oh wow! That is too much even for Saudi Arabia, folks. How in the world can dancing turn you into a homosexual? Saudi Arabia must be the land of miracles if it is true. It just blows my mind how brutal and ridiculous the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family became just to stay in power.