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Cities in Saudi Arabia

Posted by in on 5-29-13

Riyadh – the capital of the Kingdom
Abha – a summer tourist mountain resort city in the southwest
Dhahran – the home of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest petroleum company
Jeddah (Jiddah) – a large metropolitan city on the Red Sea, and the gateway to Makkah and Madinah
Jubail – the largest industrial city in the kingdom
Makkah (Makkah) – the holiest city of Islam
Madinah (Madinah) – the site of the Prophet’s Mosque
Najran – a remarkable fortress
Taif – the moderate size mountain town and popular resort area

Expect significant variations in the English spellings of place names in schedules and even road signs: Al Wajh and Wedjh are the same place. In particular, Q/G, E/I, and E/A are interchanged freely (Qassim/Gassim, Mecca/Makkah, Jeddah/Jiddah), H/A sometimes swap places (Al-Ahsa/Al-Hasa) and the definite article al- can be left on or off (Medina/Almadinah, Riyadh/Arriyadh).

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