|Emirates of the Provinces of Saudi Arabia|
|Location||Kingdom of Saudi Arabia|
|Populations||320,524 (Northern Borders) - 6,915,006 (Makkah)|
|Areas||9,920 km2 (3,831 sq mi) (Al-Bahah) - 672,520 km2 (259,662 sq mi) (Eastern Province)|
|Government||Region Government, National Government|
The Provinces of Saudi Arabia, also known as Regions , and officially the Emirates of the Provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Arabic: ? ? , romanized: Im?r?tu Maniq al-Mamlakat il-'Arabiyyat il-Sa'udiyyah), are the 13 first-level administrative divisions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
After the unification of Saudi Arabia, the kingdom was divided into six administrative-territorial entities: the 'Asir Province, Al Hasa' Province, the Hejaz Province, the Najd Province, the Rub' al-Khali Province and the Shammar Province.
King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued Royal Order A/92 on March 2, 1992, known as the Regions' System, which provided for the division of the kingdom into 13 emirates. Subsequently, the five previous provinces were divided into thirteen geographic regions, called provinces (man?tiq) and administrative regions, called the emirates of the provinces. (im?r?t al-man?tiq). The emirates form the first-level administrative division of the Organization of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are further divided into 136 governorates, which are the second-level division.
Each emirate is governed by an emir (Provincial Governor), who is assisted by the deputy emir, called n?'ib. The persons holding these positions are appointed by the King of Saudi Arabia. The emir is given the rank of minister, while the deputy emir is given the rank of excellence.
|Approximate area (km2)|
|Al Hasa'||Eastern Province||Dammam||11||107||4,900,325||672,522|
|Shammar||Al Jawf Region||Sakaka||3||33||508,475||100,212|
|'Asir||Al Bahah Region||Al-Baha||9||35||476,172||9,921|
|Shammar||Northern Borders Region||'Ar'ar||3||17||365,231||111,797|