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                                         by Graham Rhind

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Saudi Arabia

Global Sourcebook | Index | Properties

SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA

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

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

966

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

AS

Internet country code

SA

GRC Country Code

SAU

Saudi Arabia - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021
   1,234.45

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

   ۱٫۲۳۴٬۴۵

(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

Saudi Arabia - Date formats

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   Note: This section last updated 8th June 2021
   dd/mm/yyyy 
   14:32   

Saudi Arabia - Languages

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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

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   Note: This section last updated 16th February 2014

Saudi Arabian company legal forms include:

   Branch   
   Commercial Agency 
   JSCJoint Stock Corporation    
   LLCLimited Liability Company 
   Partnership   
   Sponsorship 
   TCRTemporary Commercial Registration    

Saudi Arabia - Address formats

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   Note: This section last updated 19th June 2020

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

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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:

   9999-99999-9999

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.

Though these codes can be used on their own, they are being integrated into full street addressing, with the first four digits representing a building number and the final nine an enriched postal code in this way:

   Building number[ ]Street name[ - ]District 
   City[ ]Enriched Postal Code 

for example:

   8228 King Abdulaziz Road – Al Amal 
   Riyadh 12643-1212 

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.

For full details of this system, refer to address.gov.sa/en/ External

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

Saudi Arabia - Postal codes

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   Note: This section last updated 19th June 2020

Postal codes consist of a block of 5 digits. There are about 37000 of them.

The first digit, as mapped below, indicates a postal region. Postal codes can commence with any digit between 1 and 8.

The second digit indicates a postal sector. The number 1 is reserved for government and “exceptional” use. The regional centre is assigned the number 2. Sectors generally to the south of this centre are assigned even numbers, those generally to the north are assigned odd numbers:

image Map from Saudi Post

The third digit represents a postal branch. The way that this number is assigned within a sector depends on whether the sector is landlocked, runs parallel to the sea, or is on the sea but not running parallel to it. Again, the number 1 is reserved for government and special purposes.

The fourth digit represents a postal division. These can be of varying sizes based on terrain, population density and road patterns. Each number between 1 and 9 may be used.

The final digit represents a postal square, ranging in size between 1x1 and 4x4 km, depending on the degree of urbanization and based, where possible, on grid street patterns.

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Map from Saudi Post

For full details of this system, refer to address.gov.sa/en/ External

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

Saudi Arabia - Postal code format graphic

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Saudi Arabia - Postal code format

Saudi Arabia - Postal code specifics

Saudi Arabia - Postal code regular expression

\A([1-8][1-9][1-9][1-9][1-9])\Z

Saudi Arabia - Postal code level of coverage

2

Saudi Arabia - Postal code map

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Place names in Saudi Arabia

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   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 http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Saudi Arabia - Administrative districts

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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

Administrative districts graphic

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Telephone numbers in Saudi Arabia

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   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 http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 

Every effort is made to keep this resource updated. If you find any errors, or have any questions or requests, please don't hesitate to contact the author.

All information copyright Graham Rhind 2021. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.