The US has retained its spot as the most powerful country in the world in 2019 according to the annual US News and World Report rankings, followed by Russia, China, Germany and UK.

Saudi Arabia  has been ranked number 9 in the US News and World Report rankings on the list of world’s most powerful countries.

The ranking examines the political and financial influence of a country as well as its international alliances, military strength and how it acts an international leader.

The report said that Saudi Arabia is a large and wealthy country and the US News described it as “the giant of the Middle East.”