Saudi Arabia is much, much more than vast desert, camels and oil. The Middle East’s biggest nation is a vibrant hub for Arabian culture and is a highly significant location both religiously and historically. Here are some of our favorite recent facts about Saudi Arabia!
1. Saudi Arabia is one of the most generous countries in the world, donating over $4 billion in aid each year to developing and disaster-torn nations.
2. By 2018, Jeddah will be home to the world’s tallest building, the Kingdom Tower, which is planned to rise more than a kilometer into the air.
3. The Arabian oryx, native to the country, was once classified as extinct in the wild. However, thanks to a government conservation project, the species has been reintroduced in to the desert from captivity and is making a comeback. This is the only documented case in history of an extinct animal being restored.
4. The Saudi flag is completely green because of its significance in the Islamic faith. Most Islamic states incorporate green into their flag. The color represents peace, life and fertility.
5. Riyadh, the capital city, is the 30th biggest city in the world by population and is home to over 5 million people.
6. Most milk on sale in Saudi Arabia is produced by sheep, goats or camels.