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Saudi Arabia is by far the largest of the Gulf States. More than
half of the country is covered in sand though; making it something of an almost empty
Accommodation in Jeddah, Arabia, Map of Saudi Arabia, Mecca,
Medina, Riyadh, Saud
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Countries neighbouring Saudi Arabia are: Jordan,
Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar,
UAE, Oman and Yemen.
Weather in the Middle East:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Middle East.
Alexander the Great's plans to conquer Arabia were cut short by
By the 5th century AD Mecca had gained in stature over the Nabataean
city of Petra, in present-day Jordan.
- The Soul of Jeddah:
Travel back in time to the land of Arabian Nights.
The prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, in 570, but had to move to
Medina when his teachings angered local residents.
When he was 60, the prophet Muhammad returned to Mecca with his
followers, and conquered the city.
His founding of Islam changed the course of history, and eventually
turned Mecca into an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims.
Some 2 million Muslims make the annual Pilgrimage to Mecca.
Accommodation in Makkah
Medina is also an important holy city, as Muhammad's tomb is in
the Mosque of the Prophet.
|The magnificent Le
Meridien Medina is tastefully designed with modern sophistication and furnished in varying
shades of Italian marble.
The spacious yet intimate lobby ushers you into perfect blend
of contemporary elegance with a touch of traditional hospitality.
Its distinctive style continues in every one of the 189 immaculately appointed rooms
and executive and Royal Suites.
The only first class hotel outside the holy Haram area, Le Meridien Medina caters for
both Muslims and other religious groups. Its location is only a minute away from the Fahad
Quran Printing Press, where millions of holy Quran are printed and distributed throughout
Accommodation in Madinah
The Wahhabi and Saudis suffered many setbacks, but founded Riyadh
as their capital in 1818, and then set out to reconquer the earlier lands they lost.
On arrival of the Ottomans, the dynasty was divided by civil war; and
the defeated Saudis had to lie low and lick their wounds in Kuwait.
Abdul Aziz ibn Saud returned from Kuwait with an army to retake Riyadh
By 1906 the Saudi forces controlled the Najd region again, and went on
to capture the Hasa region in 1913; the Jebel Shammar in 1921; Mecca and Medina around
1924; and Asir in 1926.
Satisfied with these accumulative victories, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud
declared himself king of Al Hijaz, made Mecca the religious capital, and gave his immense
domain the name of Saudi Arabia.
Christmas in Saudi
Saudi Arabia, as you know, is a Muslim country. Christmas is not a Muslim holiday.
Therefore, the Saudis do not celebrate Christmas. In fact, it is forbidden to celebrate
it; but some people do.
Accommodation in Riyadh
Embassies in Riyadh
Embassy in Riyadh:
In 1985 the Diplomatic Community moved from Jeddah to the Diplomatic Quarter; a purpose
built suburb of Riyadh which houses the majority of foreign embassies and delegations in
US Embassy in Riyadh:
P.O. Box 94309, Riyadh 11693.
Saturday to Wednesday 8:00-17:00 (except holidays).
Muhammad ibn Saud founded the Saud dynasty, near present-day
Riyadh, during the 15th century.
The Wahhabi fundamentalist sect was formed by the religious leader
Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab in the mid-18th century.
With the support of the Saudi armies, the movement spread to form a
nationalist Arab state in the Najd.
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