10 Facts About Saudi Arabia That Even Most Saudi Residents Don’t Know About

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is slowly opening its doors to tourists and many are making their way to this country without knowing much about it. But there are many things about this country that even those who live here are not aware of and here are just a few of them.

1. With a size of 2,149,690 square km, Saudi Arabia is roughly about the size of Western Europe.

2. This also makes it the largest country in the world without a river.

3. Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer in 2012-16

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4. As per a news report in 2016 most deaths in KSA are caused by road accidents

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5. After years of unfruitful explorations, it was in 1938 at Dammam’s Well No.7 where oil was first discovered in the country.

6. The Ghawar oil field in the Eastern part of the country is the largest conventional oil field in the world with estimated reserves that could fill up 4,770,897 Olympic swimming pools.

7. Contrary to what many believe Saudi Arabia does not hold the world’s largest oil reserves - that title belongs to Venezuela.

8. Saudi Arabia’s main export partner is China with a bulk of it being petroleum and petroleum products.

9. Saudi Arabia doesn’t have enough camels so it imports them from Australia

10. Speaking of imports, Saudi Arabia imports sand too.

Written By

Mohammed Mirza

Mohammed is an avid traveler who is constantly on the hunt for new and upcoming Saudi travel destinations. Having lived much of his life in Saudi, he knows the country like the back of his hand. He's also a book lover at heart and is the author of a novel called "Desert Promises".

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