Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest cities, are both located in Saudi Arabia. As guardians of these sacred sites, the Saudi royal family has decreed that no non-Muslim house of worship may be erected in the kingdom.
Of course, not everyone who lives in Saudi Arabia is Muslim. There are many thousands of foreigners in the country. They teach at the universities, work for corporations or the oil industry. There is also, of course, the international diplomatic corps with their often-large staffs. And there are thousands of Filipino Catholics who come to find jobs as laborers or as domestic servants and nannies in Saudi homes.
Happy new year 2020.