Saudi Arabia Travel Guide

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Saudi Arabia Geography

The Kingdom occupies about 80 percent of the Arabian peninsula. In 2000 Saudi Arabia and Yemen signed an agreement to settle their long-running border dispute.A significant length of the country's southern borders with the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, are not precisely defined or marked, so the exact size of the country remains unknown. The Saudi government's estimate is 2,217,949 km2. Other reputable estimates vary between 1,960,582 km2 and 2,240,000 km2. The kingdom is commonly listed as the world's 14th largest state.

Saudi Arabia's geography is varied. From the western coastal region, the land rises from sea level to a peninsula-long mountain range beyond which lies the plateau of Nejd in the center. The southwestern 'Asir region has mountains as high as 3,000 m and is known for having the greenest and freshest climate in all of the country, one that attracts many Saudis to resorts such as Abha in the summer months. The east is primarily rocky or sandy lowland continuing to the shores of the Arabian Gulf. The geographically hostile Rub' al Khali desert along the country's imprecisely defined southern borders contains almost no life.

Mostly uninhabited, much of the nation's landmass consists of desert and semi-arid regions, with a dwindling traditional Bedouin population. In these parts of the country, vegetation is limited to weeds, xerophytic herbs and shrubs. Less than two percent of the kingdom's total area is arable land. Population centers are mainly located along the eastern and western coasts and densely populated interior oases such as Hofuf and Buraydah. In some extended areas, primarily the Rub' al-Khali and the Arabian Desert, there is no population whatsoever, although the petroleum industry is constructing a few planned communities there. Saudi Arabia has no permanent year-round rivers or lakes; however, its coastline extends for 2,640 km and, along the Red Sea, harbors world-class coral reefs, including the Gulf of Aqaba.

Native animals include the ibex, wildcats, baboons, wolves, and hyenas in the mountainous highlands. Small birds are found in the oases. The coastal area on the Red Sea with its coral reefs has a rich marine life.


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Saudi Arabia Tourism
Saudi Arabia Tourist Attractions: Mecca - Madain Saleh Cemetery - Habalah - Al Musmak Castle - Al Maktaba Park
Madain Saleh - National Museum of Riyadh - Shoaib Batheran - Rawdat Al- Sowt - Riyadh National Zoo
King Abdul Aziz Military Museum - Kingdom Centre - Al Faisaliyah Center - Shoaib Heraimelah
Riyadh Museum of History and Archaeology - Al Murabba's Palace - City of Old Diriyah


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