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Regions in Saudi Arabia

Posted by in on 5-29-13

Saudi Arabia is administratively divided into 13 provinces (mintaqah), but the traditional divisions of the country are more useful for making sense of it.
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Asir
Southwestern highlands with a temperate climate and rainy weather.
Eastern Province
Covering the Gulf coast, the center of Saudi oil production
Hejaz
On the Red Sea coast, site of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and the home of trade and commerce.
Nejd
The central highlands centered on Riyadh, the home of the Sauds and the most conservative part of the country.
North
Rarely visited, home to the the Nabataean ruins of Madain Saleh.

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