At this month's draw for the third round of Asian qualifying, the Saudis were placed in Group D alongside regional powerhouse Australia as well as Thailand and Oman.
Former AFC Player of the Year Al Qahtani, who recently joined UAE giants Al Ain, is the notable addition to new coach Frank Rijkaard's squad, having missed the second round aggregate success against Hong Kong through injury.
There is, however, no place in the 28-man squad for Mohammad Noor.
Saudi Arabia are set to have a training camp in Abu Dhabi prior to their opening game away in Oman on September 2.
Saudi Arabia Squad
Hasan A Otaibi, Yasser Al Musailim, Waleed Abdallah, Husein Shiaan, Abdallah Shohail, HAsan Muath, Ahmad Otaif, Nasser Al Shamrani, Osama Hosawi, Majed Al Mershidi, Abdallah Al Zouri, Mohammad Al Shalhoub, Nawaf Al Abed, Hamad Al Montashiri, Osama Al Mowalad, Rashed Al Raheb, Nayef Hazzazi, Taysir Al Jasem, Mutaz Al Musa, Ibrahim Ghaleb, Saoud Hmoud, Yousef Al Salem, Yahya Al Shahri, Mohammad Al Sahlawi, Ahmad Al Faridi, Saoud Kariri, Abdulazizi Al Dosari, Yasser Al Qahtani.