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Saudi Arabia Flag The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country in the Middle East, and occupies the bulk of the Arabian Peninisula. It borders Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, and is connected to the island nation of Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway.

Saudi Arabia contains Mecca and Medina, the two holiest places in Islam, and as a result is sometimes known as "The Land of the Two Holy Mosques".

As of 2009, the population of Saudi Arabia was estimated as being 28,686,633, including about 5.5 million resident foreigners. The country's capital and largest city is Riyadh, which, as of 2009, had a population somewhere in the region of 6.2 to 6.6 million.

Saudi Arabia Country Details


Country Name Saudi Arabia
Political Status Country
Geographic Location The Middle East
Flag Saudi Arabia Flag
Principal Language Arabic
Capital Riyadh


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Saudi Arabia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
By Nicolas Buchele

Brand: Kuperard
Paperback (168 pages)

Saudi Arabia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include: * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * do's, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken
Saudi Arabia (Lonely Planet Saudi Arabia)
By Anthony Ham & Anthony Madden

Lonely Planet Publications
Paperback (208 pages)

Saudi Arabia (Lonely Planet Saudi Arabia)
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This Lonely Planet guidebook takes an in-depth look at Saudi culture, history and politics, and includes a special section for expatriate workers as well as detailed information for pilgrims on the Hajj.
Paramedic to the Prince: An American Paramedic's Account of Life Inside the Mysterious World of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
By Patrick (Tom) Notestine

BookSurge Publishing
Paperback (316 pages)

Paramedic to the Prince: An American Paramedic s Account of Life Inside the Mysterious World of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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A Californian paramedic answers an advertisement for contract work at a military hospital in Saudi Arabia. So his adventure begins. This is a riveting, factual account of his ten years inside a country seldom seen by the outside world. Working on the private medical staff of King Abdullah, no western writer has ever been this close to the "House of Saud". The author takes you on a journey from the desert camps of the Bedouin to the highest echelons of the Saudi royal family. From meetings between King Abdullah and Yasser Arafat to the death of Edi Amin the author documents it all. Themes explored include the contrast of cultures and the rise of terrorism in a post 9/11 world. The author's unique and often humorous perspective provides a view of Saudi society that has never before been documented by any other book in this genre. The author gives an important insight to events that continue to affect the world today.
Working and Living in Saudi Arabia
By Grace Edwards

Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
Paperback (362 pages)

Working and Living in Saudi Arabia
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‘Working and Living in Saudi Arabia’ provides valuable cultural and practical business information necessary for all professionals working and travelling to Saudi Arabia, including those who may be working and living in other Middle East countries. It also addresses the many changes and opportunities of particular interest to businesswomen and for men who will be working with women, both Saudi and expatriate.


Essential reading for all business executives working in Saudi Arabia.

Culture Shock! Saudi Arabia: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Culture Shock! Guides)
By Peter North

Marshall Cavendish
Paperback (270 pages)

Culture Shock! Saudi Arabia: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Culture Shock! Guides)
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Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Stuart Butler & Andrea Schulte-Peevers

Brand: Lonely Planet
Paperback (528 pages)

Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feel the allure of Arabia's desert dunes, dine on top of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, or wander through the labyrinthine souqs; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Peninsula and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including culture, history, religion, art, literature, music, dance, architecture, politics, and cuisine
  • Over 70 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Walking Tours, and Arabia's Top 15
  • Coverage of Bahrain, Manama, Kuwait, Kuwait City, Oman, Muscat, Dhofar, Qatar, Doha, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Gharbia, Yemen, Sana'a, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula, our most comprehensive guide to Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Peninsula, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Dubai? Check out Lonely Planet's Dubai & Abu Dhabi guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Pocket Dubai, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Middle East guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Jenny Walker, Stuart Butler, Anthony Ham, and Andrea Schulte-Peevers.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)
The Bro Code of Saudi Culture: 300 Rules on how the Human Body should Act Inside Arabia
By Abdul Al Lily

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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The Bro Code of Saudi Culture: 300 Rules on how the Human Body should Act Inside Arabia
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Every culture is governed by an internal code of conduct, and this publication offers the first written code of Saudi culture. The Saudi way of being has long been an oral tradition passed merely verbally from one generation to the next, despite its power to regulate every aspect of public and private lives. Most Saudi norms and values have long been unwritten and only orally communicated among Saudis. As a result, visitors to Saudi Arabia have been unable to read about Saudi norms and values. For this reason, this book spells out Saudi norms and values in bold print, recording the Saudi code of conduct and displaying it in a published format. It displays 2222 tweet-sized (often previously unrecorded) explanations of how the human body acts inside Saudi Arabia. It covers everything from top to bottom; the face, eyes, ears, mouth, waist, genitals and extremities. It is the product of close observations of everyday activities and around 2,000 interviews with nationals and residents, over the past five years. This book is the first to talk about Saudi culture in a purely descriptive (and thus non-judgemental and unbiased) manner. It is the first to present Saudi values and norms in the form of a bullet-pointed list and in tweet-sized explanations. It is the first to be written by a male Saudi who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, who is still based in this country, who is a former officially-recognised imam and who comes from a working-class family—yet he is a backpacker, is married to a non-Saudi, non-Arab and non-Muslim European, studied in Oxford, published with the largest international academic publishers and hence has the ability to communicate with foreign mentalities. Books about Saudi culture tend to be too serious; however, this book is not meant to be taken too seriously. The book is intended to be entertaining and humorous (and surely informative). It avoids the use of the words ‘religion’ and ‘politics’ because of two main reasons. First, these two words are sensitive (and serious). Second, the book is purely cultural and written entirely for the sake of cultural exchange (not for religious or political matters). This book is unbiased, exposing both negative and positive practices in Saudi society. Many Saudi readers of the book have criticised the author for not trying to invite (through and in the book) non-Muslim readers to Islam. Yet, this book is written purely for the sake of cultural exchange (not for religious reasons), with no religious or political agendas.

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