a city in and the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia
a kingdom in N and central Arabia, including Hejaz, Nejd, and dependencies. About 600,000 sq. mi. (1,554,000 sq. km).
Capital: Riyadh.
the joint capital (with Mecca) of Saudi Arabia, situated in a central oasis: the largest city in the country. Pop: 5 514 000 (2005 est)
Saudi Arabia
/ˈsɔːdɪ; ˈsaʊ-/
a kingdom in SW Asia, occupying most of the Arabian peninsula between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea: founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud, who united Hejaz and Nejd; consists mostly of desert plateau; large reserves of petroleum and natural gas. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: riyal. Capital: Riyadh (royal and administrative), Jiddah (diplomatic). Pop: 26 939 583 (2013 est). Area: 2 260 353 sq km (872 722 sq miles)
Saudi Arabia [(sow-dee, saw-dee, sah-ooh-dee)]

Monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula, where it is bordered by Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north; the Persian Gulf, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to the east; Oman to the east and south; Yemen to the south; and the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba to the west. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh.

Note: Saudi Arabia sits on at least one-fourth of the world’s known oil reserves, a geological gift that makes this otherwise resource-poor, desert nation very rich and important to the industrial nations of the world.

Note: Overwhelmingly Muslim, the country is ruled by a royal family according to conservative Muslim law.

Note: Saudi Arabia is the location of Mecca and Medina, the two most holy places in the world for Muslims, pilgrimage sites equivalent to the Catholic Rome and the Christian and Jewish Jerusalem.

Note: Saudi Arabia became the major staging ground for United Nations forces seeking to expel Iraq from Kuwait in 1990–1991. (See Persian Gulf War.)


Read Also:

  • Riyal

    noun 1. a bronze coin and monetary unit of Qatar, equal to 100 dirhams. 2. a silver coin and monetary unit of Saudi Arabia, equal to 100 halala or 20 qurush. 3. (formerly) a coin and monetary unit of the Yemen Arab Republic, equal to 100 fils or 40 buqshas. noun 1. the standard monetary […]

  • Rizal

    noun 1. José [haw-se] /hɔˈsɛ/ (Show IPA), 1861–96, Philippine patriot, novelist, poet, and physician. noun 1. another name for Pasay noun 1. Jose (xoˈse). 1861–96, Philippine nationalist, executed by the Spanish during the Philippine revolution of 1896

  • Rizal-day

    noun, (in the Philippines) 1. December 30: a legal holiday commemorating the death of José Rizal.

  • Riza Shah Pahlavi

    [ri-zah shah pah-luh-vee, shaw] /rɪˈzɑ ˈʃɑ ˈpɑ ləˌvi, ˈʃɔ/ noun 1. Pahlavi (def 2). noun, plural Pahlavis for 3. 1. Muhammad Riza (or Reza) [ri-zah] /rɪˈzɑ/ (Show IPA), 1919–80, shah of Iran 1941–79; in exile after 1979 (son of Riza Shah Pahlavi). 2. Riza (or Reza) Shah, 1877–1944, shah of Iran 1925–41. 3. (lowercase) a […]

Disclaimer: Riyadh definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.