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About Riyadh

The population of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today is approximately 22.7 million of which 6 million are expatriate workers.

Riyadh (ar-Riyadh, lit: The Gardens) is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia.

It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Nejd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 1,444,500 people, and the urban center of a region with a population of close to 6 million people. The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority.

As a capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh has received millions of visitors of different backgrounds from all over the world. The population of Riyadh is 60% Saudi and 40% of the population is made up of foreigners from Africa, South Asia, Europe and the Middle East, many of whom remained and became residents of the city.

It is also home to the foreign embassies, which are located in a part of the city known as the Diplomatic Quarter. The city is a blend of modern and traditional architectural styles, offering convenient transportation, and a multitude of international shopping centres are located side by side with traditional Arab makets (Souqs).

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