IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(7): 437-441 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.862

History of Computing in Saudi Arabia: A Cultural Perspective

A. Almowanes
Abstract—Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest exporters of oil in the world. The discovery of oil proved to be the starting point of the country's rapid modernization. The use of computers and data processing equipment in Saudi Arabia coincided the early applications of such equipment in the western countries. The Saudi entrance into the personal computing and the Internet age presented the country with opportunities for further social and economic advancement but also raised questions about the impact of the global computerization on the preservation of the unique cultural and religious heritage of the Saudi society. This paper is concerned with the roots and the development of computing in Saudi Arabia and the cultural constraint it has undergone. The impact of computing on culture and society will also be presented.

Index Terms—Arabic software, computer history, culture, Saudi Arabia.

A. Almowanes is with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, Toronto, Canada (e-mail: almowanes@cse.yorku.ca).

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Cite: A. Almowanes, "History of Computing in Saudi Arabia: A Cultural Perspective," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 437-441, 2017.

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