Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
National name: Al-Mamlaka al-'Arabiya as-Sa'udiya
Government: Saudi Arabia was an absolute monarchy until 1992, at which time the Sa'ud royal family introduced the country's first constitution. The legal system is based on the sharia (Islamic law).
Geography: Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula, with the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba to the west, and the Arabian Gulf to the east. Neighboring countries are Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Yemen, and Bahrain, connected to the Saudi mainland by a causeway. Saudi Arabia contains the world's largest continuous sand desert, the Rub Al-Khali, or Empty Quarter. Its oil region lies primarily in the eastern province along the Arabian Gulf.
Area: 756,981 sq mi (1,960,582 sq km)
Population (2003 est.): 24,293,844 (growth rate: 3.1%); birth rate: 37.2/1000; infant mortality rate: 47.9/1000; density per sq mi: 32
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Riyadh, 3,724,100
Other large cities: Jeddah, 2,745,000; Makkah (Mecca), 1,614,800
Monetary unit: Riyal
Languages: Arabic, English widely spoken
Ethnicity/race: Arab 90%, Afro-Asian 10%
Religion: Islam 100%
Agriculture: wheat, barley, tomatoes, melons, dates, citrus; mutton, chickens, eggs, milk.
Industries: crude oil production, petroleum refining, basic petrochemicals, cement, construction, fertilizer, plastics.
Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, copper.


Saudi Government Directory to the site, a listing of over 70 government organizations including ministries, agencies, and offices.

Saudi Arabian Standards Organization

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, United States of America

Commercial Office Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC

Islamic Affairs Department at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC

Ministry of Higher Education Home Page in Riyadh, capital city of Saudi Arabia

King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh

Naif Arab Academy for Security Science in Riyadh

King Faisal Foundation in Riyadh, and its international prizes for the arts and ciences

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charity Foundation in Riyadh

U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council in Washington DC

Saudi Arabian 100 Top Companies including SABIC, which is number one

History of Saudi Aramco and details of employment  possibilities

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) including flight information and history as national carrier

Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia, USA, grades K through 12