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10 SAUDI ARABIA Introduction


WERE HERE WISH YOU


SAUDI ARABIA'S ECONOMY MAY STILL RUN ON OIL EXPORTS, BUT THE KINGDOM'S BURGEONING TOURISM INDUSTRY IS CONTRIBUTING. WITH NEW HOTELS, MEETING VENUES AND ATTRACTIONS PLANNED, THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING ALL OUT TO ATTRACT MORE VISITORS.


The history books chart Saudi Arabia's origins to 1744 when the sprawling desert landmass was first recognised as a single state. But it would be nearly 200 years before the founda- tions for the current Kingdom were laid. Abdul-Aziz bin Saud captured the Al-Saud's ancestral home in 1902, marking the begin- ning of a reign that saw him proclaiming the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia some 30 years later. Today, the heart of the Middle East is a vast Islamic state with a rich oil-led economy and population nearing 30 million. The Arabian Peninsula's largest country is bordered by Iraq on the north and northeast, Jordan on the northwest, Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar to the east, Oman in the southeast and Yemen in the south. West of the country lies the popular diving resort of the Red Sea, with the Arabian Gulf located in the northeast. The Kingdom holds the enviable title of world's leading petroleum exporter. Oil accounts for 90 percent of Saudi's exports and nearly 75 percent of government revenues. It is estimated that the Kingdom has 263 billion barrels in reserve, equating to roughly one quarter of the world's revenues.


Contrasting landscapes Saudi Arabia's terrain and geography is varied, with harsh sweeping deserts and rocky mountain ranges covering the Kingdom. Travelling in the west brings you to the coastal region of Tihamah where the land rises from sea level to peninsula-long mountain range, Jabal al-Hejaz, before it plateaus at the central region of Nejd.


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