By Peter North, Harvey Trip
A Survival advisor to Customs and Etiquette in Saudi Arabia
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Saudis travelling within and outside the kingdom during this period earned an enduring reputation for ostentatious wealth and wasteful expenditure. After some years of Saud’s erratic rule, the Saudi Royal Family progressively engineered his downfall. In 1958. King Saud was persuaded to transfer to his half brother, Crown Prince Faisal, executive powers in foreign and internal affairs. In 1959, Faisal introduced an austerity programme that, among other things, cut subsidies to the Royal Family, balanced the budget, and stabilised the currency.
Therefore most people can mount some sort of an argument that they can be spared the rigours of fasting if they feel so inclined. In fact, not many Saudis try to escape their fasting obligations. During Ramadan, most Saudis try to comply with the rules. What Saudis give up during daylight hours in Ramadan, they may more than make up for at night. In recent times, the night hours of Ramadan have become a celebration of feasting and perhaps, overindulgence. During Ramadan, shops in places like Jeddah stay open all night.
Land and History of Saudi Arabia 19 a little money from the British Treasury and arms from its armoury. Oil prospecting in Saudi Arabia started in the 1920s when Britain’s Eastern General Syndicate obtained a concession to explore for oil on the east coast of Saudi Arabia. They found oil. But having announced that oil had been ‘discovered’, the Eastern General Syndicate failed to develop the ﬁnd and the concession lapsed. In the first half of the 20th century, Arabia lived a subsistence lifestyle.