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The Largest Country in The world without a River, Here is How it Gets its Water

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest countries, with a land area of around 2,150,000 km2. It is also the only country that has coastlines on both the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Because the country is located in semi-arid regions, there are no permanent rivers.

Saudi Arabia is the only country on earth without a permanent river system. There are, however, various wadis throughout the country. In parts of southwestern Asia and northern Africa, a wadi is a stream valley. They are normally dry, until during the rainy season when they fill up with rainwater and create an oasis.

Despite the lack of permanent water bodies, Saudi Arabia uses freshwater. Desalination plants provide around half of the country's drinking water. The majority of this water is found around the coast. It gets roughly 40% of its water from underground sources as well.

The remaining water comes from surface water, which is abundant in the southwest. Residents are provided with free drinking water by the government. The government mostly entrusts the operation of water and sanitation infrastructure, such as desalination and wastewater treatment plants, to the private sector.

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