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I have been living in KSA since June 2002. My job is Riyadh-based, but I get to spend the summers in Jeddah working - which is cool.
A lot of people misconstrue KSA as being one big desert with bedouins roaming around with their camel herds. Actually, there is a broad spectrum from modern cities with all the trappings of modern day big-city life (Riyadh), and seaside melting pots of culture (Jeddah) to mountain villages (Taif, Abha), with all that sand and camel stuff in between them.

The Kingdom covers 80% of the Arabian Peninsula. Its Red Sea coast stretches for 1800km from the border of Yemen (south) to Jordan (north) and is a dream destination for scuba divers and snorkellers with the large coral reefs and shipwrecks.
The northern frontier with Iraq and Kuwait leads to the East Coast, looking out onto the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf for 600km, and the the southern border shared with Qatar, the UAE and Oman.

Head of State King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

The Crown Prince His Highness Abdullah Ibin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, deputy Premier and head of the National Guard.

Capital Riyadh (4.300.000 people, estimation of 2001)

Population 17,050,934 (1992 estimate)

Land area 2,331,000 sq. km (900,000 sq. mi.)

Official language Arabic, but English is widely spoken in commerce and business

Official religion Islam, Saudi Arabia does not allow the practice of any other religion within its borders.

Currency Saudi riyal

Flag Green Banner of Islam, bearing the inscription: "There is no God but God; and Muhammad is his Messenger". The sword was added in 1906, symbolizing the military successes of Islam and of Ibn Saud, founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Anthem Sarei Lil Majd Walaya

Time zone GMT +3 hours

International dialing code +966

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  • In a nutshell:Saudi Arabia is a vast land, largely desert but with mountains, rivers, oases of date palms that haven't changed in centuries, and steel and glass cities whose horizons transform daily, a history going back to the dawn of time.
  • Last visit to Saudi Arabia: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2004
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