2019 in Saudi Arabia

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The following lists events in the year 2019 in Saudi Arabia.




  • 5 January - Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was detained by Thai authorities whilst transiting through Bangkok airport, en route from Kuwait to Australia. She was attempting to flee her family and seek asylum in Australia because she says they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse and is concerned that she could face execution if deported back to her native Saudi Arabia.[1]




  • 1 April - Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman laid the foundation stone for the establishment of the Air War Center.[8]
  • 21 April - Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on a Mabahith building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.[9]




  • 1 August - Saudi Arabia allowed women to travel abroad, register a divorce or a marriage, and apply for official documents without the consent of a male guardian.[13][14]
  • 11 August - The total number of pilgrims participated in 2019's Hajj season is 2,489,406.[15]
  • 17 August - Yemen's Houthi movement attacked Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility by drones causing a small fire with no injuries.[16][17]
  • 21 August - Ibtisam Al-Shehri is the first woman who was appointed as a spokeswoman for the Ministry of education.[18]
  • 30 August - a new ministry for Industry and Mineral Resources was established.[19]


  • 14 September - Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais were targeted by a drone attack causing large fires but no casualties.[20]
  • 27–27 September - Saudi Arabia formally announced the issuance of the tourist visa to visitors from 49 countries for a fee of $80. The visa can be either obtained online (eVisa) or on arrival.[21]
  • 29 September - Houthi rebels claimed they have captured thousands of Saudi troops in fighting in Najran.[22]



  • 3 November - Saudi Aramco announced a plan to list its initial public offering (IPO) in the domestic stock exchange (Tadawul) which expected to be the world’s biggest listing.[23][24]
  • 5 November - Yemen government and separatists sign power sharing deal in Riyadh.[25]
  • 20 November - Saudi Arabia was elected to the executive board of UNESCO for 2019-2023.[26]
  • 22 November - Reema Juffali became the first woman Saudi racing driver to compete in an international racing competition in Saudi Arabia.[27]
  • 27 November - Saudi Arabia was elected to the membership of UNESCO World Heritage Committee.[28]


  1. ^ "Saudi woman 'given refugee status'". BBC News. BBC News. 9 January 2019. Archived from the original on 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia to launch 16th satellite into space". Arab News. 2019-02-05. Archived from the original on 2019-02-17. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  3. ^ Nadkarni, Shirish (11 February 2019). "King Abdullah Port officially inaugurated, ambitious growth plans ahead". Seatrade Communications. Seatrade Communications News. Archived from the original on 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  4. ^ Krimly, Reem (24 February 2019). "Saudi Arabia appoints ex-diplomat's daughter and princess as its first female ambassador to the US". Al Arabiya. Al Arabiya. Archived from the original on 25 February 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  5. ^ Three Royal Orders issued 3 Riyadh Archived 2019-04-01 at the Wayback Machine, Saudi Press Agency.
  6. ^ "Hamza bin Laden loses Saudi citizenship after US offers $1m reward". The Guardian. 1 March 2019. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  7. ^ Rashad, Marwa (27 March 2019). "Saudi Aramco to buy SABIC in $69 billion chemicals megadeal". Reuters. Reuters.com. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Crown Prince Launches First Locally-Assembled Hawk Training Aircraft". Asharq Al-Awsat. 1 April 2019. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Saudi Forces Foil Terrorist Attack North of Riyadh, Kill Four Attackers". Asharq Al-Awsat. 21 April 2019. Archived from the original on 21 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Makkah Summits". Arab News. 2019-06-01. Archived from the original on 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  11. ^ "Makkah Charter fostering diversity, coexistence". Saudigazette. 2019-05-29. Archived from the original on 2019-07-07. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  12. ^ "Arab Coalition Says Houthi Terror Attack Targets Saudi Arabia's Abha Airport". Asharq AL-awsat. Archived from the original on 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  13. ^ correspondent, Martin Chulov Middle East (2019-08-03). "'We feel empowered': Saudi women relish their new freedoms". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 2019-08-06. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  14. ^ "Saudi Arabia to allow adult women to travel, register divorce". The Nation. 2019-08-02. Archived from the original on 2019-08-06. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  15. ^ "Around 2.5 million pilgrims take part in Hajj this year". Arab News. 2019-08-10. Archived from the original on 2019-08-16. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  16. ^ "Houthi Drone Attack on Shaybah Gas Facility, No Injuries". Asharq AL-awsat. Archived from the original on 2019-08-19. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  17. ^ "Houthi drones target Shaybah oil field". Saudigazette. 2019-08-17. Archived from the original on 2019-08-19. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  18. ^ "First in Saudi Arabia: Spokeswoman for Ministry of education". Saudigazette. 2019-08-21. Archived from the original on 2019-08-22. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  19. ^ "Saudi Arabia sets up new Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources". english.alarabiya.net. Archived from the original on 2019-08-31. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  20. ^ "Terrorist attack on Aramco facilities being probed: Al-Maliki". Saudigazette. 2019-09-14. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  21. ^ "Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for the first time". Arab News. 2019-09-27. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  22. ^ Juan Cole (September 29, 2019), "Yemen's Houthis Claim Invasion of Saudi Arabia, Capture of Thousands of Troops in Najran", Common Dreams, retrieved Sep 29, 2019 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Saudi Aramco kick-starts what could be world's biggest IPO, offers scant details". Reuters. 2019-11-03. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  24. ^ Graham, Holly Ellyatt,Emma (2019-11-03). "Saudi Arabia formally announces Aramco IPO with a domestic listing set for December". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  25. ^ "Yemen government and separatists sign deal to end power struggle in south". Reuters. 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  26. ^ "Election of members of the Executive Board". UNESCO. 2019-10-16. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  27. ^ "First Saudi woman driver to race car in kingdom - Reema Juffali makes history". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  28. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Nine new members elected to World Heritage Committee". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2019-11-27.