Regions of Saudi Arabia

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Emirates of the Provinces of Saudi Arabia
إمارات مناطق المملكة العربية السعودية
Category Provinces
Location Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Number13
Populations320,524 (Northern Borders) – 6,915,006 (Makkah)
Areas9,920 km2 (3,831 sq mi) (Al-Bahah) – 672,520 km2 (259,662 sq mi) (Eastern Province)
GovernmentRegion Government, National Government
SubdivisionsGovernorates

The Regions of Saudi Arabia, also known as the Provinces of Saudi Arabia, and officially the Emirates of the Provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Arabic : إمارات مناطق المملكة العربية السعودية, romanized: Imārātu Manāṭiq al-Mamlakat il-'Arabiyyat il-Sa'udiyyah), are the 13 emirates (geographically, provinces/regions; first-level administrative divisions) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as provided by the Regions' System, issued on 27 Sha'baan 1412 AH (March 2, 1992) by Royal Order A/92, amended by Royal Order No. A/21 on 30 Rabi' al-Awal 1414 AH (September 17, 1993). [1] [2] [3]

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History

After the unification of Saudi Arabia, the kingdom was divided into six administrative-territorial entities: the 'Asir Province, Al Hasa' Province, the Hejaz Province, the Najd Province, the Rub' al-Khali Province and the Shammar Province. [1]

King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued Royal Order A/92 on March 2, 1992, known as the Regions' System, which provided for the division of the kingdom into 13 emirates. Subsequently, the five previous provinces were divided into thirteen geographic regions, called provinces (manātiq) and administrative regions, called the emirates of the provinces. (imārāt al-manātiq). The emirates form the first-level administrative division of the Organization of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are further divided into 136 governorates, which are the second-level division. [3]

Government

Each emirate is governed by an emir (Provincial Governor), who is assisted by the deputy emir, called nā'ib. The persons holding these positions are appointed by the King of Saudi Arabia. The emir is given the rank of minister, while the deputy emir is given the rank of excellence. [3]

List of the Emirates of the Provinces of Saudi Arabia

Emirates of the Provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (إمارات مناطق المملكة العربية السعودية)
Historic ProvinceEmirateImageCapitalGovernoratesMarakizPopulation

(2017 Census)

Approximate area (km2)
Hejaz Mecca Region Makkah in Saudi Arabia.svg Makkah 161118,557,766153,128
Najd Riyadh Region Ar Riyad in Saudi Arabia.svg Riyadh 214538,216,284404,240
Al Hasa' Eastern Province Ash Sharqiyah in Saudi Arabia.svg Dammam 111074,900,325672,522
'Asir 'Asir Region Asir in Saudi Arabia.svg Abha 161012,211,87576,693
'Asir Jizan Region Jizan in Saudi Arabia.svg Jazan 16311,567,54711,671
Hejaz Medina Region Al Madinah in Saudi Arabia.svg Madinah 8901,423,935151,990
Najd Qasim Region Al Qasim in Saudi Arabia.svg Buraidah 121531,423,93558,046
Hejaz Tabuk Region Tabuk in Saudi Arabia.svg Tabuk 673910,030146,072
Shammar Ha'il Region Ha'il in Saudi Arabia.svg Ha'il 884699,774103,887
'Asir Najran Region Najran in Saudi Arabia.svg Najran 759582,243149,511
Shammar Al Jawf Region Al Jawf in Saudi Arabia.svg Sakaka 333508,475100,212
'Asir Al Bahah Region Al Bahah in Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Baha 935476,1729,921
Shammar Northern Borders Region Al Hudud ash Shamaliyah in Saudi Arabia.svg 'Ar'ar 317365,231111,797
Total1361,34731,843,5922,149,690

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