SAUDI Arabia is in the midst of international interrogation over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the Saudi government, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but where is Saudi Arabia located?
Saudi Arabia is situated in the county of Asia and is the 13th largest nation in terms of land area and the largest sovereign state in the Middle East.
The country is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast and Yemen to the south.
The country is rich in oil and has been synonymous with petroleum wealth for many years - Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the Middle East.
The proven oil reserves in Saudi Arabia are the second largest in the world, estimated to be 268 billion barrels.
The Kingdom is ruled by the house of Saud along traditional Islamic lines.
The most influential member of the Royal family is the King of Saudi Arabia, currently King Salman.
Mohammed bin Salman is the son of King Salmon and the current Crown Prince of Saudi.
The Crown Prince of Saud is the second most important position in Saudi Arabia and is only second to the king and is his designated successor.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud ascended the throne in January 2015 following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.