Saudi Arabia Country Quiz

Name these facts about the country of Saudi Arabia.
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Last updated: October 27, 2017
First submittedJanuary 26, 2014
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Largest cities
Capital city
Riyadh
West coast port
Jeddah
East coast port
Dammam
Holiest city
Mecca
2nd holiest
Medina
Royal family
Al Saud
Current monarch
Salman
Previous monarch (died 2015)
Abdullah
Top export
Oil
What appears on the Saudi flag
(besides writing)
Sword
Nomadic ethnic group
Bedouin
The consititution is officially
this document
Qur'an
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Answer
Currency
Saudi Riyal
State religion
Sunni Islam
Fundamentalist brand of above
Wahhabism
Official language
Arabic
Largest animal
Camel
It was illegal for women to do this
(until 2017)
Drive
He lost citizenship in 1994
Osama bin Laden
Most-used method of execution
Beheading
Most profitable company
Saudi Aramco
Seas and gulfs that border
Saudi Arabia
Gulf of Aqaba
Persian Gulf
Red Sea
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Level 86
Feb 18, 2014
Huh, all this time I've been spelling it Real.
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Level 79
Feb 19, 2014
There are some world currencies that are spelled that way. The Saudi Arabian currency is spelled differently, though.
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2017
Would you accept Rial (as I spelled it)?
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Level 62
Sep 19, 2017
That is Brazilian currency.
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Level 76
Dec 3, 2018
It's also Iranian. And it's also transliterated, so there are spelling variations from Farsi and Arabic, unlike with Portuguese. I wouldn't object if rial and real were also accepted.
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Level 73
Feb 18, 2014
Officially the constitution is? Pretty confusing question.
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Level 35
Apr 4, 2018
How else would you word it?
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Level 79
Apr 4, 2018
I actually did change the wording of that clue after buck commented.
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Level 79
Mar 14, 2014
When I cross-pollinate my quizzes I go for ones with similar themes and sometimes have to struggle to come up with good ones. Not the case here. I guess the fact that I live in Saudi Arabia contributes to that, I've got so many quizzes related to this place. My Pork Eschewing Countries and Censorship Around the World quizzes I've linked to before. Here are a few more:

The Islam Quiz
I still need to tweak this one a little before it's ready for prime time, but I'm also pretty happy with it just as is.
Last Countries to Abolish Slavery
QM removed my question about slavery on this quiz for something he thoughts was easier, so here's this one, too.
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Level 79
Mar 14, 2014
Cities With the Largest Shopping Malls
Though Saudi malls only come close to making this list, inarguably Saudis love to shop.
Countries by Namesake
One answer on this quiz will help you out with one answer above.
Personality Cults- Name That Miracle!
Just a bit of fun.
Kings of Saudi Arabia
and finally, probably the most obvious one. QM also removed my question about the founder of Saudi Arabia, but he still appears on the above linked quiz.

Have fun and Salaam Alayikoum
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Level 79
Mar 14, 2014
whoops. The shopping malls quiz is here.
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Level 58
Jan 9, 2016
How do you space out your comments?
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Level 79
Jan 9, 2016
html
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Level 58
Jan 19, 2016

@kalbahamut
Thanks for the helpful advice...
Some of those quizzes were really nice, and I notice a common subject in all.

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Level 59
Sep 16, 2017
One sentencehtmlAnother sentence. Didn't work.
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Level 35
Apr 4, 2018
Please tell me you're kidding Sulps.
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Level 71
Mar 23, 2014
Nice quiz
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Level 79
Mar 23, 2014
Thanks
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2014
The reason I know about Dammam is because they have the biggest airport in the world by land area.
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Level 79
Mar 23, 2014
Seriously? I've been to that airport many times. It seems pretty tiny compared to others I've visited like Changi, BWI, Atlanta, O'Hare, Narita etc. but I have not surveyed the entire premises.
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Level 76
Nov 14, 2019
It uses only a small part of that land area - link
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Level 79
Nov 14, 2019
Weird. Why would they designate over 700 square kilometers for the airport when the actual airport uses barely more than 30? I guess they weren't using it for anything else? Really paranoid about security? Certainly a curiosity... though I noticed at least one factual error in that article. It claims Denver was voted the best airport in the world. It was not and never has been. Singapore has the world's best airport, Denver is only 29th - the best in the USA according to Skytrax in 2018.
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Level 74
Feb 4, 2015
i know of it because it is the city where the causeway to bahrain is...and the drunkards coming back from bahrain to suadi arabia after a weekend of debauchery litter the bridge with cans and bottles as they are about to arrive back in saudi arabia
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Level 68
Mar 23, 2014
Good quiz, man.
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2014
Can you accept decapitation instead of beheading?
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Level 79
Mar 25, 2014
QM added that question. Your suggestion is reasonable. I'll see about adding that answer.
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Level 74
Mar 24, 2014
Good quiz Kal.
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Level 59
Mar 24, 2014
Question: "What are the number of sane human beings who would choose to live in Saudi Arabia?" Answer: "0".
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Level 79
Mar 25, 2014
I've saved about a hundred thousand dollars the last couple years here doing very little. This appeals to my sanity. I'm going to be leaving soon ans taking a four year vacation to do some traveling.
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Level 74
Feb 4, 2015
did you pay the tax man back in usa?
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2015
Nope. You don't get taxed on income earned overseas unless it's a very high amount. Even then, unlikely that Sam would find out about it.
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2015
Also, I haven't returned to the USA. In Antalya, Turkey, at present.
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Level 36
Feb 4, 2015
Offensive, much?
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2015
Quizzler got a bug up his butt about me at some point and was spending a large amount of time leaving comments trying to insult me.... this was such an attempt. I used to live and work in Saudi Arabia.
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Level 70
Sep 14, 2017
It's a pretty terrible, oppressive place to live in to be fair. But yeah, a lot of foreigners are working there for the $$$.
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Level 79
Sep 14, 2017
^no argument from me, there. I would even use harsher language. Saudi Arabia is a godless asinine profoundly-racist profoundly-sexist soul-crushing blasted hellscape of an unrelenting waking nightmare built on outrageous hypocrisy and the corpses of the many slave laborers and suicidal women it has driven into an early grave. And, granted, at least half of the people I met working there were kooks. But the other half were of sound mind and recognized that it made good financial sense.
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2017
That's quite a compromise to make.
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Level 79
Sep 15, 2017
It's called delayed gratification. Some people would even consider that a sign of maturity, rather than insanity.
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Level 74
Feb 4, 2015
only way i would ever live in saudi arabia is if i lived in damman or a border town with jordan or uae...would need beer access and access to things that i would not have to fear for my life be able to participate in
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Level 79
Feb 5, 2015
When it could be a death sentence that just makes it more fun. I did all sorts of *very* haram things there...
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Level 58
Jan 19, 2016
Better hope the King of Saudi Arabia doesn't go on Jetpunk...talk about a bug up his butt.
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Level 71
Mar 25, 2014
I tried saying scimitar instead of sword. Did not think of saying sword.
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Level 79
Mar 27, 2014
That was another answer QM added, but he was correct to not include scimitar. The type of sword pictured on the Saudi flag is not a scimitar.
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Level 10
Mar 25, 2014
How about guillotine? did they use those to behead?
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Level 79
Mar 27, 2014
No, never. They use a scimitar. :)
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Level 79
Apr 6, 2018
They don't do it at a palace. They do it next to Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in a place nicknamed "chop chop square." I've driven past there but have no desire to see a person get their head lopped off.
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Level 71
Feb 4, 2015
Shouldn't it be seas and gulfs that border the Arabian Peninsula if all five of those answers are included? Only the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea border Saudi Arabia. Good quiz. Got close to getting all of them but couldn't remember the currency or the name of the new monarch.
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Level 82
Feb 4, 2015
The Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman do not border Saudi Arabia at all. They should not be answers.
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Level 69
Feb 4, 2015
Interesting. I got 16. But Saudi Arabia does border the Gulf of Aqaba, so that should be included.
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Level ∞
Feb 4, 2015
The problems with the gulfs and seas question have been corrected. This was my mistake, not kalbahamut's.
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2015
Hey I told you Gulf of Oman seemed weird.
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2015
I answered Gulf of Aqaba right away but was thinking about the other two when I realized you gave us the answers in the first question about the cities.
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2015
QM decided to throw those in there... I guess to throw a bone to the geography buffs. Not sure.
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2015
and I agree it's a little silly to have questions that are given away by two previous clues. Pending approval I changed the clues.
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2015
Fast update on the new monarch. I always enjoy your quizzes and learn a lot from most of them.
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Level 49
Feb 5, 2015
Cheerful Quiz! But a great one as well!
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Level 59
Feb 5, 2015
Will the Saudis accept "Persian Gulf" rather than "Arabian Gulf" now? It always had to be the latter in the past. Of course, the Iranians were the opposite!
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Level 79
Feb 5, 2015
Quite the contrary, it was always the Persian Gulf in the past, even in Arab sources, up until about 15-20 years ago when they decided that because they didn't like Iran they were going to start calling it the Arabian Gulf. They're still carrying on with that nonsense as much as ever, but fortunately this is not a Saudi website, so...
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Level 73
May 24, 2016
I TYPED CAMEL THREE DIFFERENT WAYS! What gives?
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Level 79
May 24, 2016
Kamal, <@^^3L, and caramel are not accepted. Are those the three ways you tried?
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Level 57
Sep 20, 2016
When I wondered what y'all would be arguing about even before I finished the quiz.
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Level 29
Jan 6, 2017
Worst country in the world. I'm not being ignorant or offensive. I'm an arab. I'm a muslim (sort of). I've lived in over 9 countries in my life (5 of them in the Middle East), I lived in Riyadh for 10 years, and by far Saudi Arabia is the most oppressive, closed minded, prickly piece of crap country in the world, and its residents should all die. That being said, I got 19 out of 24.
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Level 79
Jan 6, 2017
I'm inclined to agree. I mean... overall... some places like Somalia, Palestina (Gaza, if that counts), Islamic State (if that counts), Taleban-controlled Waziristan, Syria and Niger might be worse... but... these are impoverished failed states. Saudi Arabia doesn't have that excuse. They have money and resources. They have infrastructure that was built for them. They have stability and rule of law. Still they choose to live in the 14th century. Also... unless it's November the climate is unbearable. If there is a god he's obviously trying to kill them all. I don't know why anybody would ever exist there and not move somewhere else.
and don't get me started on the drivers...
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Level 45
Nov 5, 2019
Well it's 2019, and the country is reforming really quickly. One day it will become a tourist hub like Dubai but I hope your ass will get blacklisted. It's always easy to talk crap behind an anonymous name.
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Level 45
Sep 14, 2017
Accept "Rial" for currency please?
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Level 61
Oct 14, 2018
Would you consider accepting "Arabian" Sea for "Persian" sea as well? I realize it's more of geopolitical thing but, if we're being specific, it would be known as such in Saudi Arabia. I only know this because it was hammered into my head via my employee handbook when I was in Kuwait.
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2018
I would prefer not to. Even in Saudi Arabia the body of water you're referencing was known as the Persian Gulf, before about 1970 and as far back as Alexander the Great. I'm not going to change it just because the Arabs don't like Iran.
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Level 72
Feb 2, 2019
How about accepting House of Saud for the royal family? I never even considered Al Saud. I guess my bad
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Level 76
Nov 14, 2019
Saud is accepted
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Level 45
Sep 28, 2019
Can you accept Arabian Gulf for Persian Gulf?
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Level 79
Sep 28, 2019
The body of water you're referring to has been called the Persian Gulf, even in Arab sources, for centuries. Saudi Arabia and some of their allies have started, in recent history, to insist that we change the name to Arabian Gulf because they don't get along well with Iran. I'm disinclined to give in to their whims, mostly because the Gulf doesn't belong to them.
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Level 79
Nov 5, 2019
I'm not "talking crap" about anyone, I'm speaking the truth. I know that's punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, one of the worst things about the country, hopefully the citizens of the kingdom will come to realize this themselves one day. In the classes I taught in Riyadh and Dammam there was usually one bright student who did among the 10 or 15 who did not. So it's not like the situation is completely hopeless.
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Level 45
Nov 6, 2019
No, I did not mean you. You're totally fine and a nice smart guy. If you look back, you will see that I was replying to Keemotherapy9. Also, talking crap is not punishable by death no matter what the incident was. Even atheists in modern-day Saudi Arabia don't get the death penalty. Back to our topic, your claim was that Arabian Gulf is a newly-coined term, but this is not true. Although we can say the majority of cartographers have mentioned the Persian Gulf, there were many old Ottoman, French, and Dutch maps that mentioned the Arabian Gulf instead. Among the most notable ones are "Turcici Imperii Imago" and "L'Empire des Turcs by Jollain", in which they date back to 1659 and 1667, respectively. So at least accepting Arabian Gulf as a possible answer would be fairer since they are both historically proven, despite the fact that one of them is politically driven nowadays.
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Level 79
Nov 6, 2019
sorry. I didn't see where your comment was so I thought it had been deleted. You don't think if you were openly critical of the prophet Muhammad or of the royal family or Muhammad bin Salman, that your life would be in danger? (like Jamal Khashoggi, maybe?) and what about the law passed (in 2014, I think?) that labeled different things such as atheism and vandalism to be acts of terrorism? If prosecuted under this law... terrorists can receive the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, no? My students from Qatif told me they saw people gunned down in the streets for protesting the government, I'd consider protest to be a form of free speech, or "talking crap."

Interesting point about the Arabian Gulf I'd have to look in to that. I've looked up many old Arab maps before that label the body of water as the Persian Gulf. I still think that's the name most know it as, in the wider world. it's unfortunate the Saudis and Iranians can't get along better.
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Level 45
Dec 4, 2019
It's okay no worries. I'm pretty sure being openly critical of the Prophet Muhammad will put your life in danger in any part of the Middle East, or to be more precise, any part of the world that has a big population of Muslims. The government will not mind your atheistic beliefs as long as you don't cause a public outrage. We have a large number of atheists in Saudi Arabia. According to Gallup Global Index Of Religiosity And Atheism (https://sidmennt.is/wp-content/uploads/Gallup-International-um-tr%C3%BA-og-tr%C3%BAleysi-2012.pdf), 25% of the Saudi population consider themselves non-religious and 5% are convinced atheists. This puts it ahead of many Asian, American and European countries. The law that was passed in 2014 was very theoretical and not in practice. I noticed many Saudi writers recently started to openly question religion and their beliefs, so I believe tolerance to atheism is on the rise. Talking about the Arabian Gulf, yes I think it's important to look into that.
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Level 47
Feb 1, 2020
Shouldn’t Bin Salman be accepted for the monarch, or am I wrong?
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Level 79
Feb 1, 2020
Muhammad bin Salman is the crown prince, not the king. bin Salman means literally "son of Salman"... he's the king's son, and next in line for the throne, though everyone agrees he is exercising more power and authority than any previous crown prince in Saudi history.