Wednesday, January 20, 2010

About Saudi Arabia

Facts:


   - Largest country in the Middle East
   - Was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud and hence named Saudi Arabia
   - Current capital of Saudi Arabia is Ar-Riyadh
   - Current King of Saudi Arabia is King Abdullah and first Crown Prince Sultan
   - Largest oil producing country in the world with 40% supply with largest hydrocarbon reserves
   - Population: 28,686,633 as of 19/01/2010
   - Area: 2,149,690 Sq. Km with mostly uninhabited desert area
   - State Language is Arabic
   - Currency is called Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR). Monetary unit: 1 Riyal = 100 halalah
   - Saudi Arabia is the fastest growing economy in the Middle East and was recently ranked 13th out of
     183 countries for "Ease of Doing Business" according to the World Bank
   - Main exports: Oil, gas, cereals
   - Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Dhahran, Khobar are some of bigger and more famous

     cities with large expatriates population
Expatriates population is about eight million from countries all around the world (including non-Muslims):

                                                                     
Nationalities
Approximate Population Size
Indian
1.4 million
Bangladeshi
1 million
Filipino
950,000
Pakistani
900,000
Pakistani
900,000
Egyptian
900,000
Yemeni
800,000
Indonesian
500,000
Sri Lankan
350,000
Sudanese
250,000
Syrian
100,000
Turkish
80,000
US, UK, Other Westerner
100,000

Telecommunication Information:

   - Internet domain: .sa
   - International dialing code: +966
   - Largest telecom company: Saudi Telecom Company → http://www.stc.com.sa/cws/portal/en/
   - 2nd Largest telecom company: Mobily Telecom → http://www.mobily.com.sa/
   - Newest telecom company and also fastest growing: Zain telecom → http://www.zain.com/

Major Airlines that serve domestic and international travel need:

   - Air Arabia → http://www.airarabia.com/index.php
   - Al-Khayala Airlines → http://www.kayala.com/  (this website is under construction) ,
   - British Airways → http://www.britishairways.com/
   - Emirates Airlines → http://www.emirates.com/
   - Etihad Airways → http://www.etihadairways.com/
   - Gulf Air → http://www.gulfair.com/English
   - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines → http://www.klm.com/
   - Nas Airlines → http://www.flynas.com/en
   - Qatar Airways → http://www.qatarairways.com/
   - Sama Airlines → http://www.flysama.com/Sama/English/
   - Saudi Arabian Airlines → http://www.saudiairlines.com/

Banks that serve the banking needs:

   - Al Rajhi Bank → http://www.alrajhibank.com.my/
   - Arab National Bank (Alwatani) → http://www.anb.com.sa/
   - Bank Al Bilad → http://www.bankalbilad.com.sa/en/
   - Bank Al Jazira → http://www.baj.com.sa/default.asp?lng=eng
   - Banque Saudi Fransi Bank (Alfaransi) → http://www.alfransi.com/
   - National Commercial Bank (Alahli)→ http://www.alahli.com/en-US/Pages/NCBHomePage.aspx
   - Riyadh Bank → http://www.riyadbank.com/index_en.html
   - Samba Bank → http://www.samba.com/english/index_01_01_en.html
   - Saudi British Bank (SABB) → http://www.sabb.com/home/home_en.shtml
   - Saudi Hollandi Bank → http://www.shb.com.sa/vEnglish/default.asp
   - Saudi Investment Bank → http://www.saib.com.sa/english/home.aspx

Government Offices:

   - Ministry of Foreign Affairs → http://www.mofa.gov.sa/
   - Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs → http://www.mol.gov.sa/
   - Ministry of Civil Services → http://www.mcs.gov.sa/
   - Ministry of Education → http://www.moe.gov.sa/
   - Ministry of Higher Education → http://web.mohe.gov.sa/
   - Ministry of Information → http://www.saudinf.com/
   - Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources → http://www.mopm.gov.sa/

Universities and Educational Centers:

   - King Abdullah University → http://kaust.edu.sa/
   - King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals → http://www.kfupm.edu.sa/
   - King Faisal University → http://www.kfu.edu.sa/
   - King Saud University → http://www.ksu.edu.sa/
   - Arab Open University → http://www.arabou.org/
   - Institute of Public Administration → http://www.ipa.edu.sa/
   - King Abdulaziz University → http://www.kau.edu.sa/
   - Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University → http://www.pmu.edu.sa/
   - Umm Al-Qura University → http://www.uqu.edu.sa/

Major Newspapers and Publications:

   - Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper → http://www.asharqalawsat.com/
   - Alyaum Newspaper → http://www.alyaum.com/
   - Al Hayat Newspaper → http://www.alhayat.com/
   - Al-Jazirah Newspaper → http://www.al-jazirah.com/
   - Alriayadh Newspaper → http://www.alriyadh.com/
   - Alwatan Newspaper → http://alwatan.com.sa/
   - Arab News Newspaper → http://www.arabnews.com/

References:
Of course www.google.com
http://www.saudiembassy.net/,
http://www.wikipedia.org/
http://www.geohive.com/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/
http://www.aramco.com/

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