Guide to SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA which official name is Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or Saudi Arabia, is a country from Asia located at the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen. SAUDI ARABIA with 4,431 km sq km, limits with: Iraq 814 km, Jordan 744 km, Kuwait 222 km, Oman 676 km, Qatar 60 km, UAE 457 km, Yemen 1,458 km; and is divided in 13 provinces . SAUDI ARABIA's capital is Riyadh which is the most populated city with about 3,469,290 inhabitants.
History of SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA's government is monarchy; a Absolute monarchy with a Monarch personally exercises power alongside weak parliament government type, with King Abdullah as head of state.
Other symbols of SAUDI ARABIA are Saudi motto " la ilaha illa-llahu; muhammadu-r-rasulu-llahi (Arabic, (from the shahada) There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet) Saudi anthem "Aash Al Maleek (The Royal Saudi Salut) Saudi flag.Saudi flag is composed by green, a traditional color in Islamic flags, with the Shahada or Muslim creed in large white Arabic script (translated as "There is no god but God; Muhammad is the Messenger of God") above a white horizontal saber (the tip points to the hoist side); design dates to the early twentieth century and is closely associated with the Al Saud family which established the kingdom in 1932 .
SAUDI ARABIA's history is quite long: Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam's two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina. The king's official title is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The modern Saudi state was founded in 1932 by ABD AL-AZIZ bin Abd al-Rahman AL SAUD (Ibn Saud) after a 30-year campaign to unify most of the Arabian Peninsula. A male descendent of Ibn Saud, his son ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz, rules the country today as required by the country's 1992 Basic Law. Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia accepted the Kuwaiti royal family and 400,000 refugees while allowing Western and Arab troops to deploy on its soil for the liberation of Kuwait the following year. The continuing presence of foreign troops on Saudi soil after the liberation of Kuwait became a source of tension between the royal family and the public until all operational US troops left the country in 2003. Major terrorist attacks in May and November 2003 spurred a strong on-going campaign against domestic terrorism and extremism. King ABDALLAH has continued the cautious reform program begun when he was crown prince. To promote increased political participation, the government held elections nationwide from February through April 2005 for half the members of 179 municipal councils. In December 2005, King ABDALLAH completed the process by appointing the remaining members of the advisory municipal councils. The country remains a leading producer of oil and natural gas and holds approximately 25% of the world's proven oil reserves. The government continues to pursue economic reform and diversification, particularly since Saudi Arabia's accession to the WTO in December 2005, and promotes foreign investment in the kingdom. A burgeoning population, aquifer depletion, and an economy largely dependent on petroleum output and prices are all ongoing governmental concerns.
SAUDI ARABIAs geography
SAUDI ARABIA has an area of 2,149,690Km ,with a coastline of 2640, this great area is composed by 2,149,690 sq km of land and 0 sq km of water. Saudi geography is known by it's mostly uninhabited land, sandy desert . This makes Saudi's land specially proclive to frequent sand and dust storms.
Guide to travel to SAUDI ARABIA
If you are thinking on traveling to SAUDI ARABIA, you will have to take in consideration some points like SAUDI ARABIA's currency, SAUDI ARABIA's weather, SAUDI ARABIA's national holiday and SAUDI ARABIA's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. SAUDI ARABIA`s currency is called riyal ( SRls), which is divided in 100 halalat. For your consideration, riyal's exchange rate is about 0 per dolar.3.7502000493.
SAUDI ARABIA's weather is characterized to be harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes. So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to SAUDI ARABIA.
You can also consider to visit SAUDI ARABIA on it's national holiday to get in SAUDI ARABIA's culture. If you do so, SAUDI ARABIA's national holiday is called Unification of the Kingdom, 23 September.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of SAUDI ARABIA: Jabal Sawda' 3,133 m. And try also to get to SAUDI ARABIA's lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit SAUDI ARABIA's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to SAUDI ARABIA, with more than 208 airports and 0 airlines, you will get to SAUDI ARABIA without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. SAUDI ARABIA has about1,392 of railways, and also0 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
SAUDI ARABIA is known by Saudis as Al Mamlakah al Arabiyah as Suudiyah or Al Arabiyah as Suudiyah in the shortened way. Saudi, about 27,601,038 people, are composed by different ethnics: Arab 90%, Afro-Asian 10%. And they also have different languages: Arabic.
Another relevant point nowadays it's SAUDI ARABIA's religion. Saudis are divided in Muslim 100%.
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