Saudi Arabia – Roads

Saud Arabia has total road length of 221,372 km (137,554 mi) with paved 47,529 km (29,533 mi) (including 3,891 km (2,418 mi) of expressways) and Unpaved 173,843 km (108,021 mi).

Roads in Saudi Arabia vary from eight-laned roads to small two-lane roads in rural areas. The city highways and other major highways are well maintained, especially the roads in the capital Riyadh. The roads have been constructed to resist the consistently high temperatures and do not reflect the strong sunshine. The other city highways such as the one linking coast to coast are not as great as the inner-city highways but the government is now working on rebuilding those roads. In October 2013, a group of auto enthusiasts drove some 2,000 km (1,200 mi) through Saudi Arabia in search of the best driving road, and named the Jeddah-Taif-Al-Hada highway as "motoring nirvana".

Some of the important inter-city highways include the following:

  • Dammam - Abu Hadriya - Ras Tanura Highway 257 km (160 mi)
  • Khaybar - Al Ola Highway 175 km (109 mi)
  • Mecca - Madinah Al Munawarah Highway 421 km (262 mi)
  • Riyadh - Dammam Highway 383 km (238 mi)
  • Riyadh - Sudair - Al Qasim Highway 317 km (197 mi)
  • Riyadh - Taif Highway 750 km (470 mi)
  • Taif - Abha - Jizan Highway 750 km (470 mi)
  • Medina - Tabuk Highway 680 km (420 mi)
  • Jeddah - Al Leith - Jizan Highway 775 km (482 mi)
  • Jeddah - Mecca Highway 80 km (50 mi)


The total length of the roads implemented by the Ministry until the end of the year is more than (60,000) sixty thousand kilometers constructed according to one of the international standards and in several directions linked the major cities to each other to meet the great development of these cities and to serve the great traffic between them, and the upgrading of a number of individual roads To become double and implemented many circular roads and bridges in some cities in addition to the implementation of obstacles in the southern region.

In addition to the roads that are located within each area and contribute to linking the cities and provinces of the region to each other and then connect the region with the rest of the regions, and implemented the secondary roads that branch out of the main roads and serve the various centers and population groups in addition to the dirt roads whose total length so far is more than (139 thousand) kilometers. These roads have contributed to the construction and development process which has spread throughout the Kingdom.