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SAUDI ARABIA


There are a total of 13 provinces in Saudi Arabia:


Riyadh

Makkah

Madinah

Dammam

Asir

Al-Baha

Tabuk

Qassim

Hail

Al-Jouf


Northern borders � Ar'ar


Jizan

Najran

QUICK INFORMATION


FOUNDER :King Abd Al Aziz bin Abd Al Rahman Al Saud

CAPITAL :Riyadh

AREA : 2,149,690 sq km (13th biggest country in the world)

POPULATION :: 30,770,375

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE : ARABIC

PUBLIC SECTOR : SUNDAY TO THURSDAY: 7:30 A.M TO 2:30 P.M

WEEKEND :FRIDAY & SATURDAY

CURRENCY : SAUDI RIYAL

TIME :GMT + 3 HOURS

INTERNATIONAL CALLING CODE : +966


Named after the family of Al Saud, Saudi Arabia was established in 1932 by King Abd Al Aziz bin Abd Al Rahman Al Saud.

Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country in the Middle East occupying 80% of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the Arabian Gulf and the red sea, north of Yemen. Saudi Arabia is home to Islam's two holiest places in Makkah and Madinah.

Saudi Arabia has emerged from being an underdeveloped desert country to become one of the wealthiest nations in the world. It is the world's dominant oil producer and the largest oil exporter and has the world's largest oil reserves.


SAUDI ARABIA DEMOGRAPHICS


The population of Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 30,770,375 with more than 30% foreign nationals living in Saudi Arabia. Many expatriates include, South Asian countries, North African Countries, Arab countries and many westerners who make up around 100,000.


MAIN INDUSTRIES OF SAUDI ARABIA


Crude oil production

Petroleum refining

Construction

Cement


SAUDI ARABIA EMPLOYMENT VISA


Working in Saudi Arabia will require you to have an employment visa, your employer will act as your sponsor and they will apply for your employment permit from the labour office & the ministry of foreign affairs on your behalf.

Many workers in Saudi Arabia receive a 90 day work visa at the time of hire, which allows you to enter and work immediately. During this time your employer (sponsor) will convert your visa into an 'Iqama' (residency permit) enabling you to stay and work. An Iqama (residency permit) is a small credit card type that you have to carry with you at all times. It allows you to travel freely to and from Saudi Arabia, open bank accounts, hire cars, transfer money via western union etc.

The visa process is relatively simple, as your employer will take care of your initial application of the visa to Saudi Arabia and will handle the rest once you have arrived in the Kingdom.

Once the Iqama has been issued, you may apply for a residency visa (Istiqdam) to bring your wife and children. It is not possible to apply for an Iqama for a spouse and children prior to arriving in the country. In practice, employees normally arrive in Saudi Arabia first and make a visa application and other arrangements for family members. An employer will normally assist with these applications.


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