Expatriation and Immigration in Saudi Arabia

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Capital: Riyadh


Total Population: 25,391,100
Annual Growth Rate: 2.3%
Density: 12 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 82.6%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Riyadh City (4,700,000); Jeddah (3,600,000); Mecca (1,700,000); Medina (1,300,000); Dammam (1,300,000).
Ethnic Origins: Arab 90%, Afro-Asian 10%
Official Language:


Other Languages Spoken: English is most widely used. Other languages spoken in Kingdom are Indonesian, Somali, Tagalog, Urdu, Western Farsi.
Business Language(s): Yes, English is widely used as business language.
Religion: Islam is the official religion fo Saudi Arabia.
Literacy Rate: 82.9%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Riyadh

Exchange Rate on

: National Currency:
Saudi Riyal (SAR)

Country Overview

Area: 2,000,000 km²
Type of State: Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy where the King has supreme powers.
Type of Economy: High-income economy.
It has the greatest reserves and is the leading producer of petoleum in the world.
HDI*: 0.752/1
HDI (World Rank): 55/169

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Saudi Arabia, Dial 00
To Make a Call to Saudi Arabia, Dial +966
Internet Suffix: .sa
Computers: 14.8 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 16.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 28.6 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 97% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Imports of Goods (million USD) 69,800 90,214 115,134 95,552 102,000
Exports of Goods (million USD) 211,305 233,329 313,462 192,314 254,000
Imports of Services (million USD) 29,488 45,914 49,572 47,039 -
Exports of Services (million USD) 13,973 15,743 9,128 9,428 -

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization


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  • LifeScience/Healthcare SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi Arabia is largest market for medical equipment and healthcare products in the Gulf and Middle East where good opportunities exist and where UK companies can succeed.

    UK Trade & Investment on 4 Oct 2010 related to Expatriation and Immigration in Saudi Arabia

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