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Country briefing: Saudi Arabia


News reports and articles

Latest news from Saudi Arabia

Blog posts about Saudi Arabia by Brian Whitaker

Other articles about Saudi Arabia by Brian Whitaker

Online news sources for Saudi Arabia

Basic information

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Saudi Arabia: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Saudi Arabia

BBC country profile - Saudi Arabia

Maps of Saudi Arabia

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Saudi riyal (SAR)

National flag of Saudi Arabia

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

Languages of Saudi Arabia
Ethnologue Database

Historical and political texts relating to Saudi Arabia


Constitutional background

Text of constitution ("Basic Law", 1993)

List of government ministers (CIA)

Saudi expulsions crisis, 2013

Human rights reports on Saudi Arabia

International Crisis Group 
Recent reports on Saudi Arabia

The Islamic Utopia: The Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia
Andrew Hammond, 2012. 

Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk



Saudi timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Saudi Arabia: a country study
Includes a substantial historical section

The History of Saudi Arabia 
by Alexei Vassiliev. 

Purchase from amazon.com or  



US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Saudi Arabia

The national airline

Electricity, plugs and sockets 


World Bank: Saudi Arabia 
Comprehensive economic data

Saudi Arabia and the IMF

Economic news and data (zawya.com)

Saudi equities market  
Latest share prices (zawya.com)

US-Saudi Arabian Business Council


In the Saudi Arabia section


Books from Amazon

Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle 
for Saudi Arabia
Robert Lacey, 2010. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis 
by John Bradley. Purchase from amazon.com or 
amazon.co.uk. Review: al-Ahram Weekly

a novel by Turki al-Hamad. Purchase from amazon.com or 

Cradle of Islam: The Hijaz and the Quest for an Arabian Identity
by Mai Yamani. Purchase from amazon.com or 


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Last revised on 04 August, 2015