As the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad, Saudi Arabia contains the holiest cities of Islam. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a country with many areas of beautiful oases and dramatic mountain-tops, beaches and rivers. Its cities, have plenty of cafes and restaurants. There are also shops galore, from the souk to the huge department store. Saudi Arabia's major cities are generally very modern, with amenities of a high standard.
Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR)
Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the east, Oman on the southeast, and Yemen on the south. The Arabian Gulf lies to the northeast and the Red Sea to its west.
Saudi Arabia has a desert climate. In Jeddah it is warm for most of the year. Riyadh, which is inland, is hotter in summer and colder in winter, when occasional heavy rainstorms occur. The Rub al Khali ('empty Quarter') seldom receives rain, making Saudi Arabia one of the driest countries in the world.
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