Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Saudi Arabia

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Saudi Arabia - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Saudi Arabia - Date formats


   Note: This section last updated 15th March 2012

Saudi Arabia - Number format


(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Saudi Arabia - Languages


The national language is standard Arabic External. There are 200 000 speakers of Gulf Spoken Arabic External; 6 000 000 of Hijazi Spoken Arabic External and 8 000 000 of Najdi Spoken Arabic External.

Saudi Arabia - Company legal forms


   Note: This section last updated 16th February 2014

Saudi Arabian company legal forms include:

   Commercial Agency 
   JSCJoint Stock Corporation    
   LLCLimited Liability Company 
   TCRTemporary Commercial Registration    

Saudi Arabia - Address formats


   Note: This section last updated 9th August 2015

Deliveries are mainly to post office boxes as, in much of the kingdom, the infrastructure does not exist to allow house-to-house deliveries. Where street addresses exist they are currently written in this form:

   Addressee name
   Building number[ ]Street name[ ]District name
   Unit/shop/apartment/office number
   City name[ ]Postal code

for example


The postal code is written to the left of the city if the address is written in Arabic script, to the right if written in Latin script.

Saudi Arabia is in the process of altering their address and postal system to allow house-to-house deliveries. This new system is based on a code which is based on GIS location and the existing 5-digit postal code. This code has the format:


The middle five numbers are the existing postal code.

For buildings facing onto roads which have a more east/west direction, the first four digits will be in the range 2000-5999 and the final four digits will be an additional number. For buildings facing onto roads with a more north/south direction the final four numbers will fall in the range 6000-9999 and the first four numbers will be an additional number. These numbers in the ranges 2000 to 5999 and 6000 to 9999 (confusingly called “building numbers”) will be odd if the building is on the right-hand side of the road as one moves from west to east or from south to north; and even if it is on the left-hand side of the road as one moves from west to east or from south to north.

These codes are not generally used by the public. As they are positional codes rather than postal codes in the traditional sense, I do not categorise them as postal codes in this resource.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Saudi Arabia - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 30th October 2015

Postal codes consist of a block of 5 digits. There are about 37000 of them. The first two indicate the postal zone, the final three the delivery point.

Postal codes can commence with any digit between 1 and 8.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Saudi Arabia - Postal code format graphic


Saudi Arabia - Postal code format

Saudi Arabia - Postal code specifics

Saudi Arabia - Postal code regular expression


Saudi Arabia - Postal code level of coverage


Saudi Arabia - Postal code map


Place names in Saudi Arabia


   Note: This section last updated 19th June 2015

Refer to Exonyms in Saudi Arabia for full lists of place names in Saudi Arabia in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at External

Saudi Arabia - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


Saudi Arabia has 13 provinces External (minţaqat, singular - minţaqah). These are:

Region First postal code digit
Al Bahah External 6
Al Hudud ash Shamaliyah External 7
Al Jawf External 7
Al Madinah External 4
Al Qasim External 5
Ar Riyad External 1
Ash Sharqiyah External (Eastern Province) 3
’Asir External 6
Ha'il External 5
Jizan External 8
Makkah External 2
Najran External 6
Tabuk External 4

Telephone numbers in Saudi Arabia


   Note: This section last updated 18th October 2013

Saudi Arabian area codes have 2 digits when called from abroad. Subscriber numbers have 8 digits. Mobile numbers have the area code 5 or 6.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External 

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