Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KSA is an Arab country and the largest country of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the east, Oman on the southeast, and Yemen on the south. The Persian Gulf lies to the northeast and the Red Sea to its west.

It has an estimated population of 27.6 million, and its size is approximately 2,150,000 square kilometres (830,000 sq mi).

Saudi Arabia is the world's leading petroleum exporter. Petroleum exports fuel the Saudi economy. Oil accounts for more than 90 percent of exports and nearly 75 percent of government revenues, facilitating the creation of a welfare state, which the government has found difficult to fund during periods of low oil prices.

Saudi Arabia is often called, along with Russia, an energy superpower. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have repeatedly expressed concern about the state of human rights in Saudi Arabia, although these concerns have been dismissed by the Saudi government.  Source

Saudi Arabia Facts

Population: 28 million

Capital: Riyadh

Currency: Riyal

Area: 2,149,690 km2

Language: Arabic

Main Religion: Muslim

Calling Code: +966

Time Zone: GMT + 3

Main Cities: Riyadh, Jiddah, Mecca, Medina, Sultanah, Ad Dammam, At Taif, Tabuk, Buraydah, Khamis Mushayt