Some Useful Facts About Saudi Arabia

Some Useful Facts About Saudi Arabia

images (1)  Some Useful Facts About Saudi Arabia images 1

For those who will perform pilgrimage this year or in the coming years, the following is a collection of useful facts about Saudi Arabia.

Country: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Capital: Riyadh

Major Cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam

Holy Cities: Makkah, Madinah


September : Makkah (Min 26°C/29°C – Max 42°C); Madinah (Min 26°C/30°C – Max 40°C/43°C); Jeddah (Min 25°C/27°C – Max 37°C).

October:  Makkah (Min 25°C/28°C – Max 37°C/42°C); Madinah (Min 20°C/26°C – Max 33°C/40°C); Jeddah                     (Min 24°C/25°C – Max 35°C/37°C).

Official Language: Arabic (English is the second language)

Business and Banking Hours: 8/9 am – 4/5 pm Sun-Thu (subject to change during Ramadan)

Shopping Hours: 10 am – 1 pm, 5 pm -10/11 pm (may change during Ramadan), Supermarket and Pharmacy have longer hours.  The shops will be closed for 30-45 minutes in every prayer time.

Weekend: Friday and Saturday


Saudi Riyal/SAR (Notes in One, Five, Ten, Fifty, One Hundred, and Five Hundred denominations; Coin: Five, Ten, Twenty Five, Fifty, One Hundred Halala).

Currency Exchange Rate (per August 2014):

1 British Pound Sterling (GBP) = 6.22 SAR
1 Canadian Dollar (CAD) = 3.44 SAR
1 Euro (EUR) = 4.94 SAR
1 Indian Rupee (INR) = 0.06 SAR
1 Indonesia Rupiah (IDR) = 0.0003 SAR
1 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) = 1.19 SAR
1 Unites States Dollar (USD) = 3.75 SAR

Electricity: 110V and 220V

Country Code: +966

City Codes: Riyadh (011); Jeddah and Mekkah (012); Dammam, Dahran, Alkhobar, Jubail (013); Madinah and Yanbu (014); Abha and Najran (017).

Telephone Service Provider: STC, Mobily, and Zain


Air: Saudia Airlines, NAS Airlines
images (2)  Some Useful Facts About Saudi Arabia images 2Land: Bus SAPTCO for transportation between several Saudi cities
Inside the city: Taxis

International Airport:

Jeddah: King Abdul Aziz International Airport
Madinah: Prince Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport
Riyadh: King Khaled International Airport
Dammam: King Fahad International Airport


Delina Partadiredja

The author has been writing since elementary school. Prior to be the in-charge person for contents she often contributed to an Islamic website. Further, she has co-authored two books and one book of poetry. Her previous banking career followed her completing Bachelor of Economics. She obtained an MBA from Leicester University in the UK. She currently lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Related Posts