Introduction To Saudi Arabia

There are several online resources about Saudi Arabia, and likewise, there are many local and international accounts about living in this country. It would be worth mentioning that just like in any environment, there are those who would find Saudi Arabia in general, and Al Motawa Trading Company in particular, positive and conducive to personal and professional growth.

Living and working in Saudi Arabia is a unique experience and it is rewarding for those individuals who are willing to learn and develop, just as the country is also becoming more dynamic and progressive.

Keeping an open mind and becoming more attuned to others is an important attitude when it comes to Saudi Arabia.

Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Motawa Trading Company is proudly a Saudi company – and like its home country, the company aims to welcome every employee, local or expatriate, into a professional environment.

General Information
Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam’s two holiest shrines in Makkah and Medinah. With a total land area of 2,149,690 sq km., it is the second-largest Arab state in the world after Algeria.

The country occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula, and borders Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast, and Yemen to the south. Other than having parts of the country on the two coastlines of the peninsula (the Red Sea to the west and the Arabian Gulf to the east), the most prominent geographical feature of the country is the world’s largest continuous sand desert, the Rub’ Al Khali, or Empty Quarter.

The Arabian Peninsula is at the crossroads of the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe and has been historically significant in the growth of civilization and trade. The ruling family of Saudi Arabia established the modern Saudi state in 1932 following a successful campaign to unify the country. Various estimates peg the country’s control of the world’s oil reserves between 17% and 25%.

As of 2015, there are 13 provinces in Saudi Arabia. The nation’s capital, Riyadh, is an important center of Arab business and culture; Jeddah, the country’s western gateway, is one of the most prominent Red Sea ports; and the Dammam-Dhahran-Khobar metropolitan area, where Al Motawa Trading Company is based, is best known as the headquarters of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest petroleum company.

The country is a member of various international organizations, primarily the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Air travel within Saudi Arabia is growing due to the development of local tourism and business. The country’s railway network is also under major development.

Local time is Greenwich Mean Time plus three hours (GMT+3).

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