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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

ٱلْمَمْلَكَة ٱلْعَرَبِيَّة ٱلسَّعُوْدِيَّة

country information

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Neighbours

Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait,

Oman, Qatar, UAE, Yemen

Capital

Ryadh

DRIVING SIDE: Right

INTERNET CODE: .sa

TOME ZONE: UTC +3

COUNTRY TEL CODE: +966

COASTLINE:

Borders on Gulf of Aqaba & Red Sea

(totals 1800km) and the Persian Gulf (700km)

Population2

population

34.7 million

Religion2

religion

Government does not hold any census on religion

Claims:

Islam 100% (Sunni 85-90%, Shia 10-15%)

President2

president & parliament

King: Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud

Designated Successor and Deputy Prime Minister: Mohammad bin Salman al Saud

Ruling Party: The king is both head of state and government

Totalitarian absolute monarchy

Groups2

minority & majority groups

Majority: Arab / Saudis (>90%)

Minority: Bedouin tribes, Afro-Asian (10% – largest minority)

Language

 

LANGUAGE

Arabic

        Hello: السلامعليكم

                  As-sa-lam a-lay-kum

         Yes: نعم Na’am

         No: لا  La

         Thank you: شكرا Shukran

Currency

C U R R E N C Y &
E X C H A N G E  R AT E

Saudi Riyal SAR (﷼‎, SR, ر.س)

1 USD = 3.75 SAR

1 SAR = 5.06 ZAR

Vaccinations

 

VACCINATIONS

No compulsory vaccinations

Recommended: Vaccinations for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Electricity

 

ELECTRICITY

Voltage Requirements:    110 / 220 V

Standard Frequency:

60 Hz

Power plugs & sockets are of type A, B, C & type G

 

Temperature

 

TEMPERATURE

Ryadh

Winter: min. 9 °C – max. 23 °C

Summer: min. 28 °C – max. 44°C

Along both the western & eastern coasts of Saudi Arabia, the climate is desert. Particularly mild in winter, even warm in the central and southern part of the Red Sea coast. In summer it’s very hot everywhere.

DIPLOMATIC TIES / AIRPORTS / CARRIERS / NGO’S

Aeroplane2

EMBASSY / CONSULAR PRESENCE

The Consulate of South Africa in Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)

King Khalid Road, Um Al-Hammam East, Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA

+9 661 4429716

+9 661 4429720

Visit website: https://www.gov.za/about-government/contact-directory/representatives-rsa/representatives-rsa/saudi-arabia-kingdom

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS & CARRIERS

Saudi Arabia has two major airlines:

Saudi Arabian Airlines

NasAir

They provide domestic and international service to cities around the world.

Saudi Airlines Cargo:  transports packages, live animals, human remains, valuable items and perishables.

Passport

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You should apply for a visa at least one month ahead of your intended travel date.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months when you enter Saudi Arabia.

One page required for entry stamp.

MAIN AIRPORT(S)

King Abdulaziz International

Jeddah

King Khaled International

Ryadh

King Fahd International

Ad Dammam

Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz

Medina

NGO

NGO’S OPERATING IN COUNTRY & CONTACT DETAILS

  • For more information, refer to Saudi Arabia: Detailed Profile

Climatestotravel. Saudi Arabia. Available from: https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/saudi-arabia

Power plugs and Sockets of the World. Saudi Arabia. Available from: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/saudi-arabia/

Listen & Learn Blog. (2014). 10 Top Phrases for your Trip to Saudi Arabia. Available from: https://www.listenandlearnusa.com/blog/10-top-phrases-for-your-trip-to-saudi-arabia/

World Population Review. (2020). Saudi Arabia. Available from: https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/saudi-arabia-population/