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Regions of Saudi Arabia

Regions of Saudi Arabia
مناطق المملكة العربية السعودية (Arabic)
Also known as:
Province
مقاطعة
Category Unitary state
Location Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Number 13 Regions
Populations 320,524 (Northern Borders) – 6,915,006 (Makkah)
Areas 9,920 km2 (3,831 sq mi) (Al-Bahah) – 672,520 km2 (259,662 sq mi) (Eastern Province)
Government Region Government, National Government
Subdivisions Governorates

Saudi Arabia is divided into 13 regions (Arabic: مناطق إدارية‎‎; manātiq idāriyya, sing. منطقة إدارية; mintaqah idariyya).[1][2][3] Each region is divided into governorates (Arabic: محافظات‎‎; muhafazat, sing. محافظة; muhafazah) and the region capital, which has the status of municipality (amanah) headed by mayors (amin). There are 118 entities combined. The governorates are further subdivided into subgovernorates (marakiz, sing. markaz).

Provinces

From their organizations in 1932 until 1980, Saudi Arabia was divided into six (initially five) administrative-territorial entities, the provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:[4] Asir Province (Southern), El Hasa Province (Eastern), Hejaz Province (Western), Nejd Province (Central), Rub al Khali Province (Southeastern), and Shammar Province (Northern). Around 1980, the Northern Province was created from the Western and Central.[5]

Regions

Region Capital Area
(km²)
Population
Census
2010
Density Governorates
Najd Region (center)
Qassim Buraidah 58,046 1,215,858 17.5 11
Riyadh Riyadh 404,240 6,777,146 13.5 20
Hijaz Region (west)
Tabuk Tabuk 146,072 791,535 4.7 6
Madinah Madinah 151,990 1,777,933 9.9 7
Makkah Makkah 153,128 6,915,006 37.9 12
North
Northern Borders Arar 111,797 320,524 2.5 3
Jawf Sakakah 100,212 440,009 3.6 3
Ha'il Ha'il 103,887 597,144 5.1 4
South
Bahah Al Bahah 9,921 411,888 38.1 7
Jizan Jizan 11,671 1,365,110 101.6 14
'Asir Abha 76,693 1,913,392 22.0 12
Najran Najran 149,511 505,652 2.8 8
East
Eastern Province Dammam 672,522 4,105,780 5.0 11
Saudi Arabia Riyadh 2,149,690 27,136,977 10.5 118
1) Preliminary results of census of 2004-09-15

References

See also