About Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a rich culture shaped by the diversity of its people, which has formed the basis of the cultural identity of the Kingdom. With over 34 million inhabitants, the Kingdom has 13 regions all united by the Arabic language, but each with a unique dialect, traditions, heritage, and culinary identity.

The Kingdom has five official yearly celebrations; two Islamic celebrations, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Founding Day (February 22), the Flag Day (March 11) and Saudi National Day (September 23).

The people of Saudi Arabia embrace many social values influenced by the Kingdom’s ancient customs and traditions, including generosity, courage, hospitality, and maintaining strong family relationships, as well as values that reflect the society’s culture and Islamic values.

Each region in the Kingdom has its own cultural identity. Therefore, each region has its own musical style and traditional tales that are reimagined in the stories told in movies and at the theater.

Saudi artists express their creativity through artwork that they aspire to share with the world. Many Saudi writers admire the rich heritage across the Kingdom’s regions describing them in their poetry and novels, while historians contribute to preserving each region’s heritage and artifacts in museums. Each region’s architecture and design are characterized by its environment, climate and topography, and similarly each region has its own culinary identity and local costumes.

About Riyadh

In the ever-growing and flourishing city of Riyadh, you will discover the birthplace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with its historical treasures hidden in the old palaces that witnessed the founding of the kingdom. It is a destination for tourists from all over the globe who wish to discover a world of shopping, entertainment and business.

The malls offer the most exciting shopping experience, and the sand dunes combined with the brightest stars in the sky present the most magical experience in nature. It is an environment full of a natural variety and unique characteristics that are intriguing for explorers.

On the other side of the bustling city, you can enjoy a variety of experiences in luxurious restaurants that offer their special services, and their elaborate international dishes. Simultaneously, the local Riyadh restaurants will tempt you with their authentic flavors and blend of spices originating from Saudi culture. Everyone is happy in the city of Riyadh where the biggest cultural events are always celebrated. Endless entertainment destinations are always emerging, for the city’s visitors to have intriguing and renewing experiences.

Information about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Contrary to popular belief, it is not always hot in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom experiences four distinct seasons — from chilly winter breezes in January to peak desert heat in August...

Time Zone

Riyadh is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3, Arabia Standard Time AST).


Saudi’s culinary scene is diverse, delicious and booming, especially in the capital city...

Currency & Exchange

Currency exchange and transactions are easy in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s national...

Coffee & Culture

While coffee is now enjoyed in almost every part of the world, the beverage first...

Dress Code

Traditional Saudi clothing is worn out of love and pride by locals. Traditionally...


At restaurants where a service charge isn’t included, 10% is the acceptable gratuity...

Electricity Supply

The voltage is 230 V. and plugs are of type G, which is the plug that has three...


It is against the law to smoke in public transportation and in most indoor...

Drinking Water

It is not recommended to drink tap water. Bottles of mineral water are...