Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

My last postcard for today comes from Saudi Arabia. I was quite surprised to see some green on it; I always used to think Saudi Arabia is a really dry, hot country..

Riyadh is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Nejd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 4,854,000 people, and the urban center of a region with a population of close to 7 million people. The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by the Governor of Riyadh Province, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz. The current mayor of Riyadh is Abdul Aziz ibn Ayyaf Al Migrin, appointed in 1998.

The stamp on the left is from a set of 2 stamps issued in 2002, depicting the Port of Yanbu al Bahr (meaning Spring by the Sea) which is a major sea port in the Red Sea. The second stamp I'm not sure of, I couldn't find any info about it.

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