966 is the country code for Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi Arabia.
How to Call Saudi Arabia from Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
To call a telephone number in Saudi Arabia from Dubai (United Arab Emirates):
- Dial the international call prefix. For calls from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) this is 00 (or '+' from mobile phones).
- Dial the country code for Saudi Arabia - 966.
- Dial the subscriber number, omitting the first zero if there is one.
Landlines – City/Area Codes in Saudi Arabia
Area codes for a selection of the biggest cities in Saudi Arabia are listed below:
- Riyadh – 011
- Jeddah – 012
- Mecca – 012
- Medina -014
- Hofuf – 013
- Ta’if – 012
- Dammam – 013
- Buraydah – 016
- Khobar – 013
- Tabuk – 014
A 0 prefix with the area code is used when calling a landline number from a different area within Saudi Arabia or from a Saudi Arabian mobile.
Do not dial the 0 prefix or area code when telephoning from a landline in the same area.
Do not use the 0 prefix with the area code when calling from overseas.
For example, to call a number in Riyadh XXXXXXX :
- From a landline in Riyadh dial XXXXXXX.
- From a landline in Saudi Arabia outside Riyadh, dial 011-XXXXXXX.
- From a mobile phone in Saudi Arabia, dial 011-XXXXXXX.
- From overseas, dial the international call prefix (00/+), the country code for Saudi Arabia (966), the area code without the 0, then the subscriber number e.g. 00-966-11-XXXXXXX or +966-11-XXXXXXX.
Mobile Telephone Numbers in Saudi Arabia
Mobile phone numbers in Saudi Arabia begin with 05. The 0 prefix is removed when calling from outside Saudi Arabia.
To call a mobile phone number in Saudi Arabia from overseas, dial the international exit call prefix (00/+), the Saudi Arabian country code (966), and then the subscriber number e.g. 00-966-5XXXXXXXX or +966-5XXXXXXXX.
When calling Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates, please note there is a time difference between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The current time in the UAE is . The date is .
The time in Saudi Arabia is now . The date is .
The time difference between UAE and Saudi Arabia is 1 hour.
The official currency of Saudi Arabia is the Saudi riyal (SAR).
Current exchange rates between the UAE dirham and the Saudi riyal (SAR to AED, AED to SAR) are:
- 1 Saudi riyal (SAR) = 0.98 AED
- 1 UAE dirham (AED) = 1.02 SAR
Exchange rates on this page were last updated on .
Saudi Arabia (officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) is the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It borders Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and Yemen. The Red Sea lies on its western coast and the Persian Gulf on the east.
Most of the country is flat desert. The Empty Quarter is the biggest area of continuous sand in the world. It covers around ¼ of the country.
Saudi Arabia has little rainfall and extremely hot summers.
Discovery of oil in the 1930s transformed the country. It is the world’s biggest oil producer and boasts the largest proven oil reserves. Oil revenues make up most of the country’s income and allow a fairly generous welfare system.
Most Saudis live in urban areas. The biggest cities are Riyadh (the capital) and Jeddah. Approximately one third of the population are immigrants.
The official religion is Sunni Islam. The country enforces a strict interpretation of Islamic law, although some relaxations have been allowed in recent times. The pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Arabic is the official language. Many people speak English and road signs are written in both Arabic and English.
The weekend in Saudi Arabia is Friday and Saturday.
According to data from the World Bank, the population of Saudi Arabia in recent years is:
- 2018 - 33,699,947
- 2017 - 33,099,147
- 2016 - 32,442,572
- 2015 - 31,717,667
- 2014 - 30,916,994
- 2013 - 30,052,518
- 2012 - 29,155,187
- 2011 - 28,267,685
- 2010 - 27,421,461
- 2009 - 26,630,303
- 2008 - 25,888,541
- 2007 - 25,184,597
- 2006 - 24,498,310
- 2005 - 23,816,183
- 2004 - 23,132,682
- 2003 - 22,456,649
- 2002 - 21,805,313
- 2001 - 21,202,642
- 2000 - 20,663,843
- 1999 - 20,194,527
- 1998 - 19,783,304
Map of Saudi Arabia
The location of Saudi Arabia can be seen on the map below.