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Saudi Arabia

  Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen
Geographic Coordinates:
  25 00 N, 45 00 E
Map References:
  Middle East
  total: 1,960,582 sq km
land: 1,960,582 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - Comparative:
  slightly more than one-fifth the size of the US
Land Boundaries:
  total: 4,415 km
border countries: Iraq 814 km, Jordan 728 km, Kuwait 222 km, Oman 676 km, Qatar 60 km, UAE 457 km, Yemen 1,458 km
  2,640 km
Maritime Claims:
  contiguous zone: 18 nm
continental shelf: not specified
territorial sea: 12 nm
  harsh, dry desert with great extremes of temperature
  mostly uninhabited, sandy desert
Land Use:
  arable land: 2%
permanent crops: 0%
permanent pastures: 56%
forests and woodland: 1%
other: 41% (1993 est.)
Irrigated Land :
  4,350 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural Hazards:
  frequent sand and dust storms
Environment - Current 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
Environment - International Agreements:
  party to: Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

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