Regions of Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabian Regions
المملكة العربية السعودية المناطق (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 58,050 km2 (22,412 sq mi) (Al-Qassim) – 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). Of these two, there exist 118 entities. The governorates are further subdivided into sub-governorates (marakiz, sing. markaz).

Provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia[edit]

From their organizations in 1932 until 1980, Saudi Arabia was divided of six (initially five) administrative-territorial entities called 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[edit]

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 Medina 151,990 1,777,933 9.9 7
Makkah Mecca 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

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