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The most recent ruler or king of Saudi is King Salman Al Saud The Wahhabi Islamic movement, which arose in the 18th century and is sometimes described as austerely puritanical, now predominates in the country. Five times each day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques scattered throughout the country.Following the principle of "enjoining good and forbidding wrong", there are many limitations and prohibitions on behaviour and dress which are strictly enforced both legally and socially, often more so than in other Muslim countries. Because Friday is the holiest day for Muslims, the weekend is Friday-Saturday.
However its culture has also been affected by rapid change, as the country was transformed from an impoverished nomadic society into a rich commodity producer in just a few years in the 1970s.In accordance with Wahhabi doctrine, only two religious holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, were publicly recognized, until 2006 when a non-religious holiday, the 23 September national holiday (which commemorates the unification of the kingdom) was reintroduced.Observers have described Saudi Arabian society as deeply religious and deeply conservative.The cultural setting of Saudi Arabia is Arab and Islam.Society itself is in general deeply religious, conservative, traditional, and family oriented.