Saudi Arabia | SAT-7
Modern Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by King Ibn Saud, who united much of the Arabian Peninsula by conquering land from tribes that assumed local power after the expulsion of the Ottoman Turks in World War I. A country of 26.1 million people, Saudi Arabia is both the birthplace of Islam, as well as the site of mass annual foreign pilgrimage to the cities of Mecca and Medina.
Saudi Arabia is ruled by an absolute monarchy, in which the King elects both his Prime Minister and council ministers. The legal system follows Sharia law, which even foreigners are subject to whilst in the country.
Saudi Arabia faces a number of social problems, from increasing rates of juvenile delinquency, alcohol and drug use, to the growth of indigenous terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world in which women are not allowed to drive. Women require male permission in a number of activities, such as travelling abroad, having surgery, and opening a bank account.
Surveys for SAT-7 KIDS indicate that the channel is watched by 1.8 million children.
95% of Saudi Arabia’s population is Sunni Muslim, with Ismaili Muslims and Shiites accounting for much of the remainder. There are no official statistics on the exact number of Christians in the country, although it is evident that the majority of them are foreign expatriates. Apostasy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, and the public practise of any religion other than Islam is prohibited. Religious minorities cannot be registered with the state and are not permitted to build places of worship.
“Five years ago, I started seeking for the truth in different religions. I was lost, confused and wanted to reach out to God. I really needed comfort and peace. Thank God I found peace and the truth through the programmes and songs on my favourite channel, SAT-7.” A female viewer in Saudi Arabia
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"I would like to congratulate you for your excellence in drawing children's attention to your channel day after day. It is an honour for SAT-7 KIDS team to bring joy to my son's heart each year."Father of a SAT-7 KIDS viewer in Egypt
"To the most beautiful channel in the world. I am from Egypt living in Saudi Arabia. I would like to thank you so much for your great ministry which has dramatically changed my life here in this country."Viewer in Saudi Arabia
"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."Man from Morocco
"May God bless you all. We ask Jesus to extend His hand, as nothing is too difficult for Him. We pray that He would give comfort to victims’ families in Aleppo and all of Syria. And we pray that He would stop this storm."A Syrian viewer of 'Just for You'
"SAT-7 reaches our family in this desert to give us hope where there is none. Our kids know Jesus through you and the miracles he is doing... Through this small TV screen, you reach our heart, we hear the news of Heaven and you give us relief, we feel home where we don't feel it and know we have a Big family in Christ, caring and praying and working."A family in Saudi Arabia
"Your programmes provide such a wonderful opportunity for me to explain to my children what we believe as Christians in ways they understand. It really is a precious thing to have this channel."A MOTHER IN TURKEY
"I am touched by the sermons that I’m watching every Friday. I’m not able to go to church but God has opened a door for me to attend a church service in my house every week! I never thought that one day I would see bold Algerians worshipping the Lord and not afraid to be shown on TV."An Algerian viewer
"Five years ago I started seeking for the truth in different religions. I was lost, confused and wanted to reach out to God. I really needed comfort and peace. Thank God I found peace and the truth through the programmes and the songs on my favourite channel SAT-7."A woman from Saudi Arabia
"I was watching the programme 'School of Christ' and Pastor Sameh Maurice was saying, 'I came for you.' I felt that these words were addressed to me personally from God. I am so touched and moved. I also want to thank you for all the programs you are airing on your channel."A doctor in Egypt
"I came to know Christ through your programmes. I tried to talk about Jesus to my family but they didn’t want to listen to me. So I turn the TV on during your programmes and, without saying a word, allow your programmes to talk to my family about Jesus Christ. And now they sit and watch the programmes!"An Iranian woman from Tabriz
"Thank you for your wonderful programme "Daughter of the King". I learnt a lot about how I should treat my future wife as I am now in the search for someone to marry. God bless you."An Egyptian man
"Finally, a Syrian programme has come to us! May God bless you and use you to the glory of His name."A viewer of 'Just for You'
"I am a big fan a regular viewer of your wonderful channel, SAT-7 programmes."Male viewer, Morocco
"Although I am not a Christian, because of you I am becoming closer to God."Viewer in Kuwait
"I'm Maya, 3 and a half years old from Amman, watching your bedtime story every night and can't go to bed before listening to your stories. Mama also watching with me."From a young child in Jordan