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Saudi Arabia


Basic information

Latest news from Saudi Arabia

History, politics, geography, economy and more

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

CIA World Factbook - Saudi Arabia

Nationmaster: Saudi Arabia 
A compilation of facts and figures from many sources

Medea - Saudi Arabia 
(European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation)

BBC country profile - Saudi Arabia

Maps of Saudi Arabia

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Saudi riyal (SAR)

Communications in Saudi Arabia (Wikipedia)

National flag of Saudi Arabia

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

Languages of Saudi Arabia
Ethnologue Database

Who's who in Saudi Arabia

Historical and political texts relating to Saudi Arabia


Constitutional background

Text of constitution ("Basic Law", 1993)

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

List of government ministers (CIA)

Heads of state and prime ministers
Historical list (ZPC database)

Al Saud family - biographical notes (Medea)

Saudi Debate 
A website for "open and constructive" discussion

International Crisis Group 
Recent reports on Saudi Arabia

Human rights reports on Saudi Arabia


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

Saudi Arabia: a country study
Includes a substantial historical section

Kings of Saudi Arabia (saudinf.com)


Saudi newspapers  

Press freedom and censorship


US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Bahrain

Top-class hotels in Saudi Arabia
Assoc. of Business Travellers

Hostels in Saudi Arabia

Saudia Arabian Airlines
The national airline

Electricity and phones (Steve Kropla)
Plugs, sockets, TV system, mobile roaming, etc.

Etiquette in the Gulf States (Medea)


World Bank: Saudi Arabia 
Comprehensive economic data

Saudi Arabia and the IMF

Economic news and data (zawya.com)

Saudi exports (Medea)

Saudi imports (Medea)

Banks in Saudi Arabia

Saudi equities market  
Latest share prices (zawya.com)

US-Saudi Arabian Business Council


(Ministry of Culture and Information)

Saudi Embassy in Washington

Saudi Mission to the United Nations


In the Saudi Arabia section


Related pages

Books from Amazon

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future
Karen Elliott House, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

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

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

The History of Saudi Arabia 
by Alexei Vassiliev. Purchase from 
amazon.com or  

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

Changed Identities: Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia 
by Mai Yamani. 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 

Saudi Arabia - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture 
Nicholas Buchele, 2008. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk


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Last revised on 10 November, 2013