Travel Information for Saudi Arabia
Time zone:GMT +3 (Saudi Arabia standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Arabic
Currency: Saudi riyals (SAR)

1 = SAR4.18, $1 = SAR3.75, £1 = SAR4.99

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.saInternational Dialling Code:    966

For help planning your trip to Saudi Arabia including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Saudi Arabia trip planning page.

Further information on Saudi Arabia

Discover more about Saudi Arabia - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of saudi_arabia

Total area: 2,149,690 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 2,640 km (Persian Gulf, Red Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Iraq (814km), Jordan (744km), Kuwait (222km), Oman (676km), Qatar (60km), United Arab Emirates (457km), Yemen (1,458km)

Climate: Harsh, dry desert climate with large daily temperature variations, very hot during the day but can drop below freezing at night.

Highest mountain: Jabal Sawda' (3,133m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Saudi Arabia from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 161/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 77/179
Press FreedomVery serious situation 162/179
ILGA LGBT rightsExtreme discrimination -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 55/174
Overall Ranking:    183/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia     Status: Independent Country

Population: 27,345,986 (rank: 46/196)     Density: 12.7 people/sq km (rank: 179/196)

Ethnic groups: Arab 90%, Afro-Asian 10%

Religions: Muslim 100%

GDP (PPP): $927.8 billion       GDP per capita: $31,300 (rank: 31/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.