Saudi Arabia is a desert country encompassing most of the Arabian Peninsula, with Red Sea and Persian (Arabian) Gulf coastlines. Known as the birthplace of Islam, it’s home to the religion’s 2 most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad. Riyadh, the capital, is a skyscraper-filled metropolis.
Ethnic Groups: Arab 90%, Afro-Asian 10%
Belief Systems: Muslim 100%
Population: 29.9 million people (World Rank: 45th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 39.5 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 213th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.14 %/yr (World Rank: 51st) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 75.5 years (World Rank: 86th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 26.1 years (World Rank: 103rd) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabian Embassy
in Washington D.C.
Saudi Arabian Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.
Travel Info for Saudi Arabia