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Saudi Arabia

Facts & Figures

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  • Capital City: Riyadh
  • Population: 17m
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Team Nickname: Al Sogour Al Akhdar ("The Green Falcons"), or Ouilad Al Sahraa ("The Sons of the Desert")
  • Official Team Web Site (in Arabic)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Knockout Round (1994)
  • Best AFC Asian Cup Performance: Winners (1984, 1988, 1996)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 63 (October 2017)

Ideas for a Saudi Arabian Themed Party

Saudi Arabia (officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, abbreviated to KSA) is an Arab state which makes up the majority of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast and Yemen to the south. It is separated from Israel and Egypt by the Gulf of Aqaba. Most of its terrain consists of arid desert and mountains.

The area of modern-day Saudi Arabia formerly consisted of four distinct regions: Hejaz, Najd and parts of Eastern Arabia and Southern Arabia. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud. He united the four regions into a single state through a series of conquests beginning in 1902 with the capture of Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the House of Saud. Petroleum was discovered on 3 March 1938 and followed up by several other finds in the Eastern Province. Saudi Arabia has since become the world's largest oil producer and exporter, controlling the world's second largest oil reserves and the sixth largest gas reserves.

Saudi Arabia has historically been one of Asia's most successful football nations, having qualified for the FIFA World Cup Finals four times consecutively between 1994 - 2006, won the AFC Asian Nations Cup 3 times (and been runners up 3 times), and been dominant players in the Gulf Nations Cup ever since 1970.

Saudi Arabian Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Saudi Arabian shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for white and green table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Supplies Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Saudi Arabian Party Decorations Ideas, visit our Asian Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in white and green details will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a Saudi Arabian Party

The Saudi people are very traditional and eat the same foods they have eaten for centuries. While the average meal of the Bedouin nomads is much simpler than that of the urban Saudis, the basic ingredients are the same: fava beans, wheat, rice, yogurt, dates, lamb and chicken are staple foods for all Saudis. Dates, chcicken and lamb are particularly ubiquitous; Saudi Arabia has over 18 million date palms that produce 600 million pounds of dates each year, and serving your guests arabic coffee and dates is a sign of good hospitality. Saudis are apparently the highest consumers of chickens in the world, and Saudi Arabia is the world's largest importer of live sheep - lamb is traditionally served to honored guests and at holiday feasts. Camel (or sheep or goat) milk has long been the staple of the Bedouin diet, and dairy products are still favorites with all Saudis. Yogurt is eaten on its own, used in sauces, and made into a drink called a lassi or laban. Flat breads are the other mainstay of the nomadic diet that are eaten by all Saudis, being used at almost every meal to scoop up other foods.

Drink for a Saudi Party

Traditional coffee houses used to be found on every street corner, but are now being replaced by more wetern-style cafes. Serving coffee (Gahwah) in Saudi Arabia has long been seen as a sign of hospitality and generosity. Traditionally, the coffee beans were roasted, cooled and ground, with a few cardamom pods added to the coffee beans during the grinding process.

Drinking tea is also a popular custom in Saudi Arabia. Tea is usually drunk without milk, and various herbal flavourings may be added. Drinks made from diluted yoghurt are also popular. Alcohol-free beers and cocktails are available in some hotels. As elsewhere in the Gulf, Saudis are big fans of various fruit juices. Alcohol is strictly banned throughout the country under Islamic law.

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