Saudi Arabia

Capital Riyadh

Population 32,248,200

Area 2,149,690 km2

Key facts

Saudi Arabia is a country located in Western Asia. There are 7 countries (Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) that Saudi Arabia shares its borders with. The official language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic. Traveling across Saudi Arabia if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Saudi Arabia was ranked 104th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Saudi Arabia is Saudi riyal (SAR). The riyal (ر.س) is subdivided into 100 halala.

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest No data available.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Saudi Arabia has more ATMs.62.04 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Saudi Arabia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Saudi Arabia. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type G 220 V, 230 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).


What hotel chains are present in Saudi Arabia?

There are Mariott hotels in 4 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

There are Radisson hotels in 11 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

What fast food chains are present in Saudi Arabia?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The KFC chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Burger King chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Subway chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Starbucks chain operates in Saudi Arabia.


What is the weather like in Riyadh?

Today the sun in Riyadh, rises at 5:16 AM and sets at 6:42 PM. The climate of Riyadh may be categorized as a subtropical desert (BWh), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayJul 22Partly cloudlyLow: 30.2°C (86.36°F)High: 45.7°C (114.26°F)
TuesdayJul 23OvercastLow: 31.4°C (88.52°F)High: 44.4°C (111.92°F)
WednesdayJul 24OvercastLow: 31.1°C (87.98°F)High: 43.8°C (110.84°F)
ThursdayJul 25SunnyLow: 31.7°C (89.06°F)High: 43.1°C (109.58°F)
FridayJul 26Partly cloudlyLow: 29.4°C (84.92°F)High: 43.1°C (109.58°F)
SaturdayJul 27Partly cloudlyLow: 28.3°C (82.94°F)High: 43.3°C (109.94°F)

Weather data for Riyadh (capital city) by


Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 9 cities. You can use Bolt in 6 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Saudi Arabia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 7.0, Saudi Arabia is placed 2nd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Saudi Arabia traffic is right-handed.


Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 35.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Saudi Arabia

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police


Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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