Saudi Arab Desert

Saudi Arabia Has No Rivers



April 24, 2024

  • Saudi Arabia is largely a desert country and is known for its arid landscape.
  • It has very few rivers, and those that exist are seasonal and often referred to as “wadis.”
  • These wadis are dry riverbeds or valleys that can become watercourses during occasional rainstorms but are typically dry for much of the year.
  • The country’s lack of significant perennial rivers is due to its arid climate and geography, which are characterized by vast deserts, such as the Rub’ al Khali (the Empty Quarter), and rocky terrain.
  • Water resources in Saudi Arabia primarily come from underground aquifers and the desalination of seawater from the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.
  • While Saudi Arabia may have some seasonal water flow in certain wadis after rain, it does not have the extensive river systems found in many other countries.