The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the standard players in the Arab world.
Its stature depends on its territory size (twice that of France and Germany joined), its prominence as the guardian of the start of Islam and its mammoth status as an oil producer - with a fourth of the world's shown stores under its deserts.
Its hugeness as an oil conveying nation has made financial relationship with the West - where the crucial customer interest is found - a need.
This, accordingly, has provoked strong political and military associations that now and again have been a wellspring of massiveness for both sides.
It rises for its grip of a puritan variation of Sunni Islam, including merciless controls, for instance, open beheadings, and its imprisonments on women.