Here are the 5 interesting facts that you should know about Saudi Arabia,
1. Hosts to millions of visitors each year
Makkah and Madinah, the Holy cities are located in Saudi Arabia which is the main reason for this huge amount of visitors (Worshippers).
Nearly 16 million worshippers visited Saudi Arabia in 2017 for the purpose of Hajj and Umrah (obligation in Islam).
One of the most huge gatherings at a single place also occurs on the occasion of Hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
2. The largest sovereign state in Western Asia
Saudi Arabia has a land area of approx. 2,150,000 km2 making it the largest geographically sovereign state in Western Asia.
Saudi Arabia is also the 12th largest country in the world with a greater part covered in the Desert.
Saudi Arabia shares its boundaries with seven countries and the Arabian Sea.
3. Largest Sand Desert present in Saudia
The world’s largest sand desert ‘Rub al Khali’ also known as ‘the empty quarter’ is present in Saudi Arabia.
This desert covers almost the complete south-eastern sector of Saudi Arabia and connects Saudi Arabia to Yemen and Oman.
4. Home to Millions of Expats
Almost 11 million people out of 33 million are expats in Saudi Arabia which makes a percentage of 33%.
A large portion of this number consists of Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, and Filipinos residing in the Kingdom.
It’s also one of the safest places for expatriates regardless of their religion.
5. World’s Second largest Oil Producer Country
With the discovery of petroleum in 1938, Saudi Arabia became the world’s second-largest oil producer country.
Saudi Arabia also holds the record of the world’s largest oil exporter.
According to Wikipedia, By the year 2018, Saudi Arabia was exporting 10 million barrels per day.
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