The Only Country In The World Without A Single River

Saudi Arabia is one of the countries in the world that does not have a river. Most of the Arabian desert is located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and extends to neighbouring countries such as; Jordan, Iraq and Qatar. It is also the only country bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.


You may be wondering how the soil gets its water. Saudi Arabia may not have rivers, but it does have wadis. Wadi is a dry riverbed that only contains water when it rains.

Saudi Arabia relies on two sources of water, namely groundwater and water obtained from desalination plants that remove salt from seawater.

Groundwater makes up 98 percent of the water sources as there are no rivers or lakes in the kingdom and there is almost no rain. Nearly 50% of drinking water comes from desalination, 10% from surface water and 40% from non-renewable groundwater extraction.

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