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Population : Approximately 17 million people

Religion : Islam

Language : Arabic/English is the usual language of diplomacy, international trade and science

Currency : The Riyal is the basic currency unit. Paper note available in the denominations of 1,5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500. Coins called Halalas are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100. one hundred (100) Halalas equals to one (1) Riyal

Time Zone : Saudi Arabian to time is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and no Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time is used

Cities of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Capital of Saudi Arabia. Located in the central Nejd province. The Saudi Ministries and foreign embassies are in Riyadh

Jeddah : (Jiddah)Major Western port and commercial centre. Located on the Red Sea midway between Aden and Suez. Jeddah is also the main port of entry for pilgrims visiting the Holy cities of Makkah (Mecca) and Madina

Makkah : (Mecca)The Holiest of the 2 Holy Cities of Islam. Makkah is the city towards which Muslims kneel in prayer 5 times daily. As the spiritual centre of the Religion, it is the city to which millions of Muslims make the annual pilgrimage (Hajj). Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter this city. It is located in the western province, 73 kms from Jeddah

Madinah : (Modina)As agricultural and commercial centre of growing importance. Second Holiest City. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter this city. Located in Western Province, 425km north of Jeddah

Taif : Summer Capital

Dammam : Capital of the eastern region. Important commercial and port city lying in the centre of the oil producing region of the Arabian Gulf

Dharan : Ten (10) km inland from Dammam. Home of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi ARAMCO)

Jubail : Located on the Arabian Gulf North of Dammam

Ras Tanura : A few kilo-meters north of Dammam on the Arabian Gulf. Possesses a huge refinery and the world’s largest oil port