Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country that occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and has coastlines on the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and Red Sea. Neighbouring countries include Jordan to the northwest, Iraq and Kuwait to the northeast, Bahrain and Qatar to the east, the United Arab Emirates to the southeast, and Oman and Yemen to the south.

Saudi Arabia contains the Muslim holy cities of Mecca (Makkah) and Medina (Madinah), to which all physically and financially able Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage at least once if possible.

Sex Scene and Prostitution

Prostitution in Saudi Arabia is strictly illegal. Prostitution is punishable by prison and flogging. Indeed all sexual activity outside of a lawful marriage for the purpose of procreation is illegal. Hence, a prostitute and his or her client can also be charged with adultery, fornication and sodomy.

Prostitutes tend to be mostly from Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria and Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. Foreign prostitutes who are arrested by the Saudi vice police face deportation.

Regions

Saudi Arabia is administratively divided into 13 provinces (mintaqah), but the traditional divisions of the country are more useful for making sense of it.

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Asir
Southwestern highlands with a temperate climate and strong Yemeni influence.
Eastern Province
Covering the Gulf coast, the center of Saudi oil production
Hejaz
On the Red Sea coast, site of Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and the home of trade and commerce.
Nejd
The central highlands centered on Riyadh, the home of the Sauds and the most conservative part of the country.
North
Rarely visited, home to the the Nabataean ruins of Madain Saleh.

Cities

  • Riyadh - the capital and "dead center" of the Kingdom
  • Abha - a summer tourist mountain resort city in the southwest near the Yemeni border
  • Dhahran - the home of Saudi Aramco, the world's largest petroleum company
  • Jeddah (Jiddah) - a large metropolitan city on the Red Sea, and the gateway to Makkah and Madinah
  • Jubail - the largest industrial city in the kingdom
  • Mecca (Makkah) - the holiest city of Islam
  • Medina (Madinah) - the site of the Prophet's Mosque
  • Najran - a Yemeni-influenced city with a remarkable fortress
  • Taif - the moderate size mountain town and popular resort area

Expect significant variations in the English spellings of place names in schedules and even road signs: Al Wajh and Wedjh are the same place. In particular, Q/G, E/I, and E/A are interchanged freely (Qassim/Gassim, Mecca/Makkah, Jeddah/Jiddah), H/A sometimes swap places (Al-Ahsa/Al-Hasa) and the definite article al- can be left on or off (Medina/Almadinah, Riyadh/Arriyadh).

Gay & Lesbian

LGBT rights in Saudi Arabia are unrecognized. Homosexuality is frequently a taboo subject in Saudi Arabian society and is punished with imprisonment, corporal punishment and capital punishment. Transgenderism is generally associated with homosexuality.

Escort Services

There is a large selection of escorts offering services online.

Stay Safe

Realistically speaking, the biggest danger a visitor to Saudi Arabia faces is the lethal driving — drive or pick your drivers carefully and buckle up your seatbelt.

Prostitution in Saudi Arabia is strictly illegal. Prostitution is punishable by prison and flogging. Indeed all sexual activity outside of a lawful marriage for the purpose of procreation is illegal. Hence, a prostitute and his or her client can also be charged with adultery, fornication and sodomy.

Prostitutes tend to be mostly from Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. Foreign prostitutes who are arrested by the Saudi vice police face deportation. Homosexuals should note that they are in high danger in Saudi Arabia if attempting sexual activities or express love in public (for example kissing), for homosexuality is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

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