Where is Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia is in the Middle East and makes up most of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Yemen and Oman to the south, Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain in the east and Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait to the north. The western side is entirely lined with the Red Sea and to the east you will find the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia is a huge country of 2.1 million square kilometres making it the 13 th largest country in the world.
Saudi Arabia map with towns
Saudi Arabia’s population centres are not centralised in any major part of the country, with large distances separating cities. The largest city is Riyadh which is located in the middle of the desert close to the centre of the country. The second largest city, Jeddah is located on the Red Sea coast and has a rich history with trade routes and pilgrims who would pass through on their way to Mecca. Other major centres include Dammam (the main trading port for Saudi Oil), Tabuk in the North, Buraydah and Ha’il north of Riyadh, and Jizan on the south west coast.
Saudi Arabia regions
Saudi Arabia has five major regions. Asir in the south, the Eastern Province on the Gulf Coast, the Northern Region in (you guessed it) the north, Hejaz on the Red Sea coast, and Nejd in the centre of the country where you will find the capital, Riyadh. There is also an area in the very south called the Empty Quarter which is essentially an area of wild desert with little to no population. This area also covers parts of Yemen, Oman and the UAE.