||King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz
Custodian of the two Holy Mosques
King Abdulaziz bin Abdelrahman Al-Saud, the founder (1932-1963), followed by his sons: King Saud
King Faisal (1964-75), King Khalid (1975-82), King Fahd (1982-2005) and the
ruler, Custodian of the Two
Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
As of the 2004 census, 22.7 million, including
about 6 million expatriates.
Founding member of Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC), United Nations, League of Arab States,
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC),
and Organization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC); member of many international
organizations, including the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund; signatory of the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and member of
the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Green background, with in white letters the Muslim creed
in Arabic: "There is no god but God: Muhammad is the
Messenger of God."
Islamic (Hijrah), dating from emigration of the Prophet
Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah;weekend,Thursday
The 12 months of Islamic lunar year
Muharram, Safar, Rabi' Al-Awal, Rabi' Al-Akher, Jumada
Dhu Al-Qadah , Dhu Al-Hajjah .
Closure of all offices and schools on Eid Al-Fitr, the feast of
the breaking of the fast, from the evening of the last day of
Ramadan through the third day of Shawwal;and Eid Al-Adha,
the culmination of the Hajj, from the tenth through twelfth
of Dhu Al-Hajjah.
Government offices Saturday through Wednesday from
7:30 am to 2:30 pm; private businesses from 8:00 am to
noon and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm; general banking from 8:00
am until noon and from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and markets
and shops from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm.
Saudi Riyal (SR); $1=SR 3.745. 1 Euro = SR 4.8.
Travel notes: Entry visas required.
A date palm, representing vitality
growth, and two crossed
strength rooted in faith.
Islam,which is the basis of the legal system and of government.
Arabic; English widely spoken in urban areas.
September 23, commemorating the foundation of the
modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932.
Country code 966;Area codes
Riyadh - 1,
- 2, Dammam/Dhahran
- 3, Madinah/Tabuk/Yanbu - 4.
Greenwich Mean Time plus three (GMT+3) = Eastern Standard
Time plus eight (seven during Daylight Savings Time).