Let's Go to Saudi Arabia

By: Aidan Turner

Where is Saudi Arabia Located?

Saudi Arabia is located Southwest Asia, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa; extending from the Red Sea in the west to the Arabian Gulf in the east; bordered on the north by Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait, on the south, by Yemen and Owen, and on the east by the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
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What is the Climate in Saudi Arabia?

With the exception of the province of Asir on the western coast, Saudi Arabia has a desert climate characterized by the extreme heat during the day, and abrupt drop in temperature at night, and very low annual raining.

Major Cities in Saudi Arabia!

Some of the major cities in Saudi Arabia are Riyadh, Mecca, Medina, Jeddah, and Dammam. The population is 30,955,000, and the Area is 830,000 [sq mi]. The head of state is King Salman, the government type is Monarchy, the Monetary unit is the Saudi riyal or [SR], the Literacy Rate is 87.2, and the life expectancy rate is 89.2% for boys, and 80.2% for girls.

What Does the Flag Look Like?

The Saudi Arabian flag has a green background with Arabic script translated as "there is no god but god; Muhammad is the messenger of god" above is a horizontal saber.

National Holiday's in Saudi Arabia!

Some of the national holiday's in Saudi Arabia are Ramadan, Saudi National Day, and Hajj.

About Ramadan: From sunrise to sunset, the people in Saudi Arabia fast, [which means, no eating, no drinking, and no smoking], from sunset to sunrise the people in Saudi Arabia eat, drink, and party!

About Saudi National Day: Saudi National Day celebrations and festivities are held all across Saudi Arabia commemorating the unification of the nation. Saudi flags fly proudly over roads, buildings and cars and pictures of the king are posted in celebration of this proud occasion to express admiration and loyalty to the nation and its leaders. Saudis express joy over the success Saudi Arabia has achieved after the long struggles fought, from the times of King Abdulaziz to the present day of King Abdullah. This day is an official national holiday for all government departments and agencies in Saudi Arabia to recognize Saudi's achievements, glory and prosperity in serving humanity under the guidance of a wise leadership!

About Hajj: Every year about 2,000,000 Muslims travel to Al-Msjid Al-Haram, Islam's most sacred mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where they perform a number of spiritual rites, in a process know as the Hajj.

Common Food Dishes in Saudi Arabia!

Shawarma and Falafel are two common dishes which are originally Levantine and Egyptian dishes respectively. Some of the common food items in Saudi Arabian cuisine include wheat, rice, lamb, chicken, yogurt, potatoes and dates.

Animals in Saudi Arabia!

Did you know that the Arabian Horse, Griffon Vulture, and the Ibex are all amazing animals? Here are some facts about them.

Did you know that the Arabian is the Oldest known breed of riding horse? This horse is one of the most popular breeds in America, the Arabians incredible energy, intelligence and gentle personality allows riders to excel in most equine sports and activities. Today, Arabian Horses spend as much time on the trail as they do at horse shows and other competitive events!

The Griffin Vultures bodies are a mottled, chocolate brown color with a distinctive white feather ring around their bald heads and necks. They have yellow eyes and soft white fluff that covers the purple skin on their heads. Their sharp, pale yellow beaks are used for ripping and tearing meat from carcasses. They have powerful legs and talons they use to rip meat and cling to the rock cliffs where they nest!

The Ibex is a type of wild goat with a bearded chin for the males and a very short tale. The males have horns that are very long and that curve at the top and then back down again. They use these horns for fighting and to protect themselves. Females also have horns but they are much shorter than those of the males. This is one of the 9 different species of goats in the world.

Olympic Medals Won in Saudi Arabia!

Saudi Arabia has won 0 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals. Thats a total of only 3 medals. Clearly, they don't very well!
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Things to See in Saudi Arabia!

These are some awesome places that would be amazing to see if you go to Saudi Arabia! The Masmak Fort, Mount Uhud, and the National Museum of Saudi Arabia!

About the Masmak Fort: This architecture is a wonderful display of culture and function. The mud buildings were made in such a way that the creative [clay mixed with hay or grasses] acted as a natural insulation from the heat during the summer and the cold during the winter. The tall ceilings allowed the hot air flow to rise up to the ceilings where the small windows pulled the air out. Entry to this castle is free of cost. It is open from Saturdays to Thursdays. Thursdays are exclusively meant for families. The visiting hours of the castle are from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon and again from 4:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. This is an amazing place to visit!

About Mount Uhud: Mount Uhud is the largest mountain in Madeenah. It is located in the north of Madeenah and it consists of a group of mountains that extends from the east to the west with a length of seven kilometers. Its width is almost three kilometers, and it is at a distance of five kilometers from the mosque of the Prophet. Mount Uhud is a historic place that only serves to increase the beauty of Madeenah, which teems with the fragrance of Islamic history. The Prophet, loved the mountain and would declare this love by saying: "Uhud is a mountain which loves us and which we love." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]. This is a spectacular place to visit!

About the National Museum of Saudi Arabia: The National Museum of Saudi Arabia is a landmark structure in the skyline of Saudi Arabia. Established as an ode to the country's educational and cultural development, the National Museum gives an insight into the history of Saudi Arabia. Located in the beautiful city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is a magnificent place to visit!

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