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Saudi Arabia has been progressively relaxing its entry and exit regulations to make the country more accessible to visitors and tourists, though freedom to travel is not yet universal.

Religious tourism, particularly the Hajj pilgrimage and Umrah devotions, is the biggest attraction for Muslims. The number of pilgrims each year is controlled by the Saudi Government, mainly for safely reasons but also to ensure that all pilgrims have the opportunity to make their devotions.

The capital of the Kingdom, Riyadh, is a spectacular modern city built on the original old settlement of the Wahhabi tribe. 'Old Riyadh' has been preserved as a special district characterised by narrow streets of clay-brick houses. The city, when it was a walled fortress, was re-captured by Abdul Aziz ibn Saud in 1902 and became his operational capital when he was named King in 1932.

Jeddah is the major commercial port serving the Western Region of the Kingdom and providing the main gateway to the Holy Cities of Makkah and Al-Madinah. The Red Sea coast offers many leisure attractions including diving holidays and other watersports. South of Jeddah are the Taif mountains, a popular resort area.

Dammam on the East coast is the 'oil capital' of the Kingdom, headquarters of Saudi Aramco and very much of an American oil town in character. It is linked to Riyadh by rail and to the nearby island of Bahrain by the King Fahad Causeway.

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 City: Riyadh 
 Country Name: Saudi Arabia 
 Currency: Saudi riyal 
 Local Time: GMT +3 
 Main Language: Arabic 
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