Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Travel the World - Week 4

This is the fourth week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is situation in the Southern-Eastern part of the Asian Continent. It is bordered on the northeast by Kuwait, on the north by Jordan and Iraq, on the east by the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, on the south by the Yemeni Republic and the Sultanate of Oman, and on the west by the Red Sea.

With a size of 830,000 square miles, Saudi Arabia is the 13th largest country in the world. 

Ninety-five percent of the country is classified as a desert or semi-desert.

There are no rivers located in Saudi Arabia, making it the largest country in the world that does not have a river.

Approximately22% of the world's oil reserves are located in Saudi Arabia.

The country is building the world's tallest building: Jeddah Tower stands 3,280 feet tall. 

Winds from the north called shamal can blow for days at a time and can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour.

One thing that Saudis do for fun is to tilt a vehicle while driving, while another person stands on top of the vehicle as it is in motion. This is called Sidewalk Skiing.

Every shop in Saudi Arabia will close immediately during salat (prayer time) and they will reopen immediately when prayer time is over.

Fresh water is more expensive than oil in Saudi Arabia.

It actually snows in Saudi Arabia sometimes - rarely, but it does.

Traditionally, non-Muslims could not be buried within the borders of Saudi Arabia. However, in 2012, the country eased burial restrictions under certain circumstances.

At almost 10,000 feet above sea level, Jabal Sawda is the highest point in Saudi Arabia.

About half of the population is under the age of 24.
Saudi Arabia has one of the lowest rates of females in the workplace in the world. Just 20% of females are in the workforce.

Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. It is the only country in the world that has made it illegal for women to obtain a license to operate a car. Other things that women can’t do? Open bank accounts, travel, work, or go to school without permission from their male guardian.

Winds from the north called shamal can blow for days at a time and can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour.

Harry Potter books are banned in Saudi Arabia because they talk about sorcery.

The consumption of alcohol is illegal and can result in harsh punishments if the law is broken.

Birth control is illegal in Saudi Arabia.

Education, including college and post-graduate schooling, is free in Saudi Arabia.

All public schools in Saudi Arabia are religious, and the state mandates daily study of the Koran beginning in first grade and taking up roughly half the school day. At elementary school level, religious studies average a total of 9 periods a week while math, science, geography, history, and physical education combined average only 12 periods a week.

I decided to let this Saudi Arabia fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Roughly 100 camels are sold each day in Saudi Arabia.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Inky Antics BaZooples # 4 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Michael's Ribbon and Brads from an unknown vendor


Lynn McAuley said...

I've been enjoying the old "Hump Day" commercials that have been running on the TV lately with that sassy camel! Such a fun card, Jeanette!

MiamiKel said...

This is divinely cute! It's Smoochy! What a fun country!

Stef Perry said...

Love this great snapshot of SA! One thing to note, as of June 2018, the ban on Saudi women driving was eliminated, but they are still prohibited from many other independent things we take for granted.

Barb said...

This card just puts a smile on my face--Smoochy a day early!