Saudi Arabia is situated on the Arabian Peninsula, where it takes up the greatest surface area. Most of the country is covered by deserts, which create beautiful scenes such as the Fata Morgana optical illusions, sand dunes and deep valleys with little villages and oases in between. The dynamically developing metropolis of Riyadh is the capital city, combining traditional architecture and modern features. These are represented, for example, by the Al Mamlaka Tower, a luxurious skyscraper nicknamed “The Bottle-opener”. The second largest city of Jeddah is renowned for its shopping centres, restaurants and beautiful beach resorts. Foreign employees make up approximately 32 % of the 29 million inhabitants in the country. Each Saudi-Arabian city boasts its own unique charm, characterised by the combination of a modern developing country and the exotic Orient.
The Saudi healthcare market is considered to be one of the most advanced in the region. 80 % of the healthcare staff is made up of foreigners.
In 2013, the construction of the Kingdom Tower was initiated in the second largest city of Jeddah. When completed in 2019, it will be more than a kilometre in height, making it the tallest building in the world.
Saudi Arabia is the largest state without a river.
Sidewalk skiing is the very popular activity in which a driver turns the car over on to its side and continues to drive like that, before getting up on to the roof. It is most “impressive” when the driver and other people standing on the roof manage to turn the car from one side to the other while the vehicle is still moving.
|Surface area||2 149 690 km2|
|Head of State||King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|Overall GDP||USD 748.5 billion|
|Number of citizens||28.83 million|
|of which % of foreigners||32 %|
|Number of hospital beds||2.2 beds/1 000 citizens|
|Average life expectancy||75 years|