This is on Muhammad’s orders: “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.” (Sahih Muslim 19.4366)
And while AFP says, “Unlike Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s Gulf Arab neighbors allow the building of churches and the celebration of non-Muslim feasts,” the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia recently said that there should be no churches in Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates.
No one will pay any attention to this. But imagine the outcry if a non-Muslim state said that it did not allow the establishment of Muslim places of worship.
“Saudi to retain ban on non-Muslim places of worship,” from AFP, April 24 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia will retain its longstanding ban on non-Muslim places of worship, Justice Minister Mohammed al-Issa said in comments reported by the Saudi media on Wednesday.
As Saudi Arabia is “home to the Muslim holy places, it does not allow the establishment of non-Muslim places of worship,” Al-Hayat newspaper quoted Issa as telling European MPs in Brussels.
Saudi Arabia, home to the holy Kaaba — the cube-shaped structure at the Grand Mosque in Mecca towards which Muslims worldwide pray — has come in for repeated criticism for its ban on non-Muslim places of worship.
Although Saudi Arabia’s citizen population is Muslim, the kingdom is also home to millions of expatriates of various beliefs.
Unlike Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s Gulf Arab neighbors allow the building of churches and the celebration of non-Muslim feasts.