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Why is Saudi Arabia one of the wealthiest countries in the world?

Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a barren desert with no permanent rivers or lakes. Yet it is one of the wealthiest nations in the world! Saudi Arabia has emerged from being an underdeveloped desert kingdom to become one of the wealthiest nations in the region, thanks to vast oil resources. Saudi Arabia sits on more than 25% of the world's known oil reserves. It is capable of producing more than 10 million barrels per day. It contains the world's largest continuous sand desert, the Rub AI-Khali, or Empty Quar-ter. Its oil region lies primarily in the eastern province along the Persian Gulf. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is almost entirely the creation of King Abdul Aziz bin Saud, who lived from 1882 to 1953. Saudi Arabia is not only the homeland of the Arab people - it is thought that the first Arabs originated on the Arabian Peninsula - but also the homeland of Islam, the world's second largest religion. The two holypilgrimage cities of Mecca and Medina are also in Saudi Arabia.

Facts about Saudi Arabia

Administrative divisions: 13 provinces (mintaqat , singular - mintaqah); Al Bahah , Al Hudud ash Shamaliyah , Al Jawf , Al Madinah , Al Qasim , Ar Riyad , Ash Sharqiyah (Eastern Province) , 'Asir , Ha'il , Jizan , Makkah , Najran , Tabuk
Area: total: 2 ,149 ,690 sq km land: 2 ,149 ,690 sq km water: 0 sq km
Background: 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 more than 20% 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.
Flag description: 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
Capital: name: Riyadh geographic coordinates: 24 38 N , 46 43 E time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington , DC during Standard Time)
Climate: harsh , dry desert with great temperature extremes
Currency code:
Ethnic groups: Arab 90% , Afro-Asian 10%
Geographic coordinates: 25 00 N , 45 00 E
Geography note: extensive coastlines on Persian Gulf and Red Sea provide great leverage on shipping (especially crude oil) through Persian Gulf and Suez Canal
Government type: monarchy
Imports partners: US 12.6% , China 9.4% , Germany 8.8% , Japan 8.1% , Italy 5% , UK 4.5% , South Korea 4.1% (2007)
Internet country code: .sa
Land boundaries: 2 ,640 km
Neighbouring countries: total: 4 ,431 km border countries: Iraq 814 km , Jordan 744 km , Kuwait 222 km , Oman 676 km , Qatar 60 km , UAE 457 km , Yemen 1 ,458 km
Languages: Arabic
Location: Middle East , bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea , north of Yemen
Map references: Middle East
National holiday: Unification of the Kingdom , 23 September (1932)
Nationality: noun: Saudi(s) adjective: Saudi or Saudi Arabian
Natural hazards: frequent sand and dust storms
Population: 28 ,146 ,656 note: includes 5 ,576 ,076 non-nationals (July 2008 est.)
Religions: Muslim 100%
Terrain: mostly uninhabited , sandy desert
Unemployment rate: 13% among Saudi males only (local bank estimate; some estimates range as high as 25%) (2004 est.)

Capital of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ar Riyāḑ (click to view Ar Riyāḑ map)

Places in Saudi Arabia

Browse the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of administrative regions and Street views in Saudi Arabia. Regions are sorted in alphabetical order from level 1 to level 2 and eventually up to level 3 regions.

Al Bahah Province (88 google map locations)
Al Jawf Province (74 google map locations)
Al Madinah Province (135 google map locations)
Al-Qassim Province (263 google map locations)
Asir (305 google map locations)
Eastern Province (77 google map locations)
Ha'il Province (210 google map locations)
Jizan Province (268 google map locations)
Makkah Province (426 google map locations)
Najran Province (18 google map locations)
Northern Border Region (166 google map locations)
Riyadh Province (654 google map locations)
Tabuk Province (27 google map locations)

Random cities in Saudi Arabia

Ar Riyāḑ, the capital city of Saudi Arabia.

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