- About KSA
The unified Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was created in 1932 as an absolute monarchy. Oil was discovered in 1932 and became the building force of the Saudi economy. Riyadh is the capital and the largest city. The Kingdom is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam's two holiest shrines in Makah and Madinah.
June through August, over 40 degrees Celsius midday in the desert; humidity in coastal regions up to 100 percent; elsewhere, mild; possible winter temperatures in the northern and central regions dropping below freezing; rainfall, from none at all for up to 10 years in the Rub Al-Khali, to 20 inches a year in the mountains of Aseer Province.
Arabic is the country's official language. English is widely used in urban areas
Country code +966; area codes Riyadh (1) Jeddah/Makah/Tayif (2) Dammam/Dhahran/Khobar (3)
Islamic (hijri) and Gregorian
Saudi Riyal (SAR) pegged to U.S. dollar ($1=SR3.745)
Work week is generally Saturday through Wednesday
Police - 999
Ambulance - 997
Fire Department - 998
Traffic Police - 993
For further information on working in Saudi Arabia, refer to "Guidebook for expatriates Recruited for work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" issued by the Ministry of Labor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.