interesting facts about Saudi Arabia

November 2, 2009 | In: Countries facts

The first university in Saudi Arabia was founded in 1957.

Saudi Arabia is keeper of Islam’s most sacred cities: Mecca, where the Prophet Muhammad received the word of Allah.

The Arab calendar is a lunar calendar. The cycle of the moon’s phases takes a little over 29 1/2 days and therefore in an Arab calendar a lunar year contains 354 days and some hours.

Saudi Arabia is the 14th largest country on earth.

75 % of Saudi Arabia population is younger than 35 years old.

The largest city in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh (pop. 4,193,000), is the 69th largest city on earth by population.

More than half the area of Saudi Arabia is desert.

Saudi Arabia exports more oil than any other nation and holds 25 percent of the world’s proven reserves.

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