At the heart of the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, is bordered by Jordan in the Northwest, Iraq in the North and Northeast. Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates in the East. Oman in the Southeast, and Yemen in the South.
The Arabian Gulf lies to the northeast and the Red Sea to the west. Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river; extensive coastlines on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea provide great leverage on shipping (especially crude oil) through the Arabian Gulf and Suez Canal.