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Saudi scientists have estimated that by 2050, Saudi Arabia will experience much hotter temperatures and less frequent rainfall due to climate.1 This increase in temperature will lead to an increase in the water demand, which will strain the water supply if there is less rainfall.2 With the climate change will likely come increased levels of ammonia, nitrogen, and phosphorus in the surface water that is used for drinking.3 The World Bank has recommended that Saudi Arabia invest in better infrastructure to manage the imminent climate change and water shortage.4 Due to Saudi Arabia's arid landscape, the country experiences few natural disasters.5

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1http://www.scidev.net/global/desert-science/news/climate-change-to-hit-saudi-s-agriculture-water.html
2-5 Ibid
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The Independent 
For Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani knows very well that if Qatar submits to the 13 unprecedented – some might say outrageous – demands that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have made, it will cease to exist as a nation state ... See more..
Financial Times 
A week ago I heard a faint rumour of an intense quarrel within the Saudi royal family, which was presumed to be focused on an attempt to force King Salman to rein in his son, the 31-year-old deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and to return the ... See more..
New York Times 
CAIRO — President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt ratified an agreement on Saturday that cedes sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, brushing off widespread public criticism of the deal in Egypt. The Red Sea islands accord ... See more..
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Al-Arabiya 
With no radio or telegraph and in a country as big as Saudi Arabia, camel riders did their best to race to inform people about Eid's timings, but sometimes it was not possible to announce it uniformly, leaving a gap and sometimes days when each village ... See more..
The Independent 
Saudi Arabia says it has donated $67m (£52m) to combat a cholera outbreak in Yemen which has hit more than 200,000 people and been declared the "world's worst" by global health bodies. More than 5,000 people are contracting the disease every day in ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and other Arab countries announced on Saturday that Sunday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr 1438. Iran, Oman, Morocco, South Africa, Brunei and Sri Lanka have not sighted the moon, and thus declared Monday, June 26 as the ... See more..
Newsweek 
Saudi authorities announced Friday that they foiled a planned suicide attack in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest site. The suicide bomber blew himself up when police surrounded the building he was in, security forces said. The kingdom has ... See more..
Nikkei Asian Review 
Company executives will decide on dates during an upcoming trip to South Korea, but E-Mart said that both sides have agreed to open the stores "as early as possible." Saudi Arabia spends the most on cosmetics in the Middle East, according to E-Mart. See more..
TIME 
Undoing decades of royal tradition, Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed Bin Salman to be next in line for the throne on Wednesday, signaling a historic political shift in one of the Middle East's key regional powers. A ... See more..
The Guardian 
Saudi Arabia and the other nations leading the blockade – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt – launched an economic and diplomatic blockade on the energy-rich country a fortnight ago, initially claiming the Qatari royal family had licensed the ... See more..
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Geography

Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen
Area

Total 2,149,690 sq km
Land 2,149,690 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes
Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, copper ;
Natural Hazards

frequent sand and dust storms

volcanism: despite many volcanic formations, there has been little activity in the past few centuries; volcanoes include Harrat Rahat, Harrat Khaybar, Harrat Lunayyir, and Jabal Yar despite many volcanic formations, there has been little activity in the past few centuries; volcanoes include Harrat Rahat, Harrat Khaybar, Harrat Lunayyir, and Jabal Yar
Current Environmental Issues

desertification; depletion of underground water resources; the lack of perennial rivers or permanent water bodies has prompted the development of extensive seawater desalination facilities; coastal pollution from oil spills

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Saudi or Saudi Arabian
Population
26,939,583 (July 2013 est.)
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Saudi Arabia has an oil-based economy with strong government controls over major economic activities. It possesses about 17% of the world's proven petroleum reserves, ranks as the largest exporter of petroleum, and plays a leading role in OPEC. The petroleum sector accounts for roughly 80% of budget revenues, 45% of GDP, and 90% of export earnings. Saudi Arabia is encouraging the growth of the private sector in order to diversify its economy and to employ more Saudi nationals. Diversification efforts are focusing on power generation, telecommunications, natural gas exploration, and petrochemical sectors. Over 5 million foreign workers play an important ...See More role in the Saudi economy, particularly in the oil and service sectors, while Riyadh is struggling to reduce unemployment among its own nationals. Saudi officials are particularly focused on employing its large youth population, which generally lacks the education and technical skills the private sector needs. Riyadh has substantially boosted spending on job training and education, most recently with the opening of the King Abdallah University of Science and Technology - Saudi Arabia's first co-educational university. As part of its effort to attract foreign investment, Saudi Arabia acceded to the WTO in 2005. The government has begun establishing six "economic cities" in different regions of the country to promote foreign investment and plans to spend $373 billion between 2010 and 2014 on social development and infrastructure projects to advance Saudi Arabia''s economic development. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$921.7 billion (2012 est.); $863 billion (2011 est.); $795.5 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

53.5% of GDP (2012 est.); 54.8% of GDP (2011 est.); 49.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, barley, tomatoes, melons, dates, citrus; mutton, chickens, eggs, milk
Industries

crude oil production, petroleum refining, basic petrochemicals, ammonia, industrial gases, sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), cement, fertilizer, plastics, metals, commercial ship repair, commercial aircraft repair, construction