Change is afoot in Saudi Arabia

The West Asian kingdom is rapidly shedding its image as an insular Islamic state. Nowhere is this change more remarkable than in the status of women

Illustration: Binay Sinha

Illustration: Binay Sinha

Shyam Saran
An invitation to speak at a Global Cyber Security Conference took me to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, last week. This was my first visit to this important West Asian country with which India’s relations have expanded significantly over the past few years. Saudi Arabia is not only a key supplier of oil to India, but is home to a large Indian expat population, both in professional and labour categories. It has been and continues to be a revered pilgrimage destination for Indian Muslims, being home to Mecca and Medina.
In recent years, relations have acquired a geopolitical edge, as the country looks to diversify its economy away from oil, exercise greater influence in the West Asian region and become a
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First Published: Nov 15 2022 | 9:54 PM IST

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