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Saudi Arabia

Country Profile

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Major Cities

  1. RIYADH
  2. Jeddah
  3. Mecca
  4. Medina
  5. Ad Dammam
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Major Languages

  1. Arabic
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Population

  1. 26,534,504
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Currency

  1. Saudi riyals (SAR)
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Climate

  1. Harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes
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Major religions

  1. Muslim

Immigration Data

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Work Study Visa

  1. UK nationals require a visa for both entry to and exit from Saudi Arabia. Visas can take several months to process and can be held up by a lot of bureaucracy. If you wish to work in Saudi Arabia you will need to secure a job before travelling. This will allow you to obtain a work visa, which your employer should help with. It is not possible to visit Saudi Arabia on a casual basis.
  2. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1012.html
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Rate of immigration

  1. -0.64

Tourism

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Key Tourist Attractions

  1. No Information
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Major Festivals

  1. No Information
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Number of Annual Tourists

  1. 17.3 million

Life

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Quality of Life Index

  1. 5.767
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Population with a Higher Education

  1. 903567
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Cost of Internet Access (USD Per Mbit/s)

  1. No Information
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Medicare Public/Private

  1. No Information
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Average cost of a Higher Education

  1. No Information

Annual Economic Facts

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Employment Rate

  1. 89.1%
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Main Industries

  1. Crude oil production
  2. Petroleum refining
  3. Basic petrochemicals
  4. Ammonia
  5. Industrial gases
  6. Sodium hydroxide
  7. Cement
  8. Fertilizer
  9. Plastics
  10. Metals
  11. Commercial ship repair
  12. Commercial aircraft repair
  13. Construction
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Major Companies

  1. Sabic
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Minimum Wage

  1. none, 1,500 Saudi riyals a month unofficially for citizen workers in the private sector, based on the minimum monthly contribution to the pension system


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