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Saudi Arabia Country Quiz

Name these facts about the country of Saudi Arabia.
Quiz by kalbahamut
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First submittedJanuary 26, 2014
Last updatedOctober 27, 2017
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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
Hint
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 83
Feb 18, 2014
Huh, all this time I've been spelling it Real.
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level 77
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 66
Sep 14, 2017
Would you accept Rial (as I spelled it)?
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level 61
Sep 19, 2017
That is Brazilian currency.
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level 75
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 77
Apr 4, 2018
I actually did change the wording of that clue after buck commented.
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level 77
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 77
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 77
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 77
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 77
Mar 23, 2014
Thanks
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level 48
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 77
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 72
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 60
Mar 23, 2014
Good quiz, man.
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level 49
Mar 24, 2014
Can you accept decapitation instead of beheading?
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level 77
Mar 25, 2014
QM added that question. Your suggestion is reasonable. I'll see about adding that answer.
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level 70
Mar 24, 2014
Good quiz Kal.
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level 57
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 77
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 72
Feb 4, 2015
did you pay the tax man back in usa?
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level 77
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 77
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 77
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 69
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 77
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 71
Sep 14, 2017
That's quite a compromise to make.
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level 77
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 72
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 77
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 70
Mar 25, 2014
I tried saying scimitar instead of sword. Did not think of saying sword.
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level 77
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 77
Mar 27, 2014
No, never. They use a scimitar. :)
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level 77
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 69
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 80
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 68
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 77
Feb 4, 2015
Hey I told you Gulf of Oman seemed weird.
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level 76
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 77
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 77
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 76
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 47
Feb 5, 2015
Cheerful Quiz! But a great one as well!
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level 60
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 77
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 69
May 24, 2016
I TYPED CAMEL THREE DIFFERENT WAYS! What gives?
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level 77
May 24, 2016
Kamal, <@^^3L, and caramel are not accepted. Are those the three ways you tried?
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level 55
Sep 20, 2016
When I wondered what y'all would be arguing about even before I finished the quiz.
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level 26
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 77
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
Sep 14, 2017
Accept "Rial" for currency please?
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level 57
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 77
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 71
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 36
Sep 28, 2019
Can you accept Arabian Gulf for Persian Gulf?
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level 77
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.