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|Date of Independence:|
|23 September 1932|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|13 of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|43 of 242 in the World|
Saudi Arabia is a country in Western Asia, located on the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Red Sea to the west, Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the north east, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and the Persian Gulf to the east, Oman to the south east and Yemen to the south.
The terrain of the country is almost entirely sandy desert or shrubland, with little cultivatable land. With almost no rivers or lakes, the main water channels are Wadis, dry drainage courses that become active during sudden rainfall. Along the Red Sea coast runs a rocky escarpment, which includes the Jabal Sawda mountain, 3,133 m (10,279 ft) high. A narrow coastal strip runs between the escarpment and the coast itself. The total land area is 2,149,690 sq km (870,000 sq miles).
The population of Saudi Arabia is 29.2 million (2012 figures), and is made up of 62% Arabs, 6.9% Afro-Arabs, 31% guest workers (mostly South Asian, Egyptian or Yemeni). In terms of religion, 85% are Sunni Moslem, 12% Shia Moslem, and 3% others. The capital city is Riyadh.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Saudi Arabia.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Saudi Arabian (Hedjaz) civil aircraft initially used the registration prefix A-Hxx, 1919 to 1939. The sequences UH-xxx (1932-1944) and SA-xx (1948-1970s) were also used. In 1945 the sequence HZ-xxx was allocated and is still used.
All-time Saudi Arabia – civil aircraft register (A-Haa UH-aa SA-aaa HZ-aaa) [TO BE ADDED].
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Military Air Arms
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation (Saudi Royal Flight)
Finance Aviation (Saudi Ministry of Finance)
Security Aviation (Saudi Ministry of Interior)
Environment Aviation (Saudi Presidency of Meteorology & Environment)
Public Service Aviation
To be added
None at present
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added
Saqr Al Jazeera Aviation Museum (RSaudiAF Museum), Riyadh
Magazines Guide for Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Aviation Bibliography – to be added