Consular services cancelled for Sunday and Monday in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, due to heightened security concerns; Department of State urges US citizens to 'carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia and limit non-essential travel within the country' - @USEmbassyRiyadh
Saudi Interior Ministry statement names suspect held in shooting of Americans as Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz Alrashid, a dual Saudi-American citizen; says he 'worked at the same company as the victims, and was recently dismissed from his job due to drug related issues' - @NBCNews
Editor's note: Some reports from the Saudi capital, citing unnamed sources, are suggesting today's deadly attack on two Americans there was related to a workplace dispute and that the gunman had recently lost his job. We are continuing to pursue information on this or any other possible motive. - Tricia
Riyadh (/rɨˈjɑːd/; Arabic: الرياض ar-Riyāḍ pronounced [ar.riˈjɑːdˤ],"The Gardens") is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5.7 million people, and the urban center of a region with a population of close to 7.3 million people.
The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by the governor of Riyadh Province, Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud. The current mayor of Riyadh is Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Almogbel, appointed in 2012. Riyadh has the largest all female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University. It has been designated as a Beta World City.