Welcome to Saudi Arabia! The temperature here are pretty warm, but our welcome would be warmer. Here are the list of places that you can consider to stop by if you are visiting Saudi for the first time.
- Asir National Park
With 1.1 billion hectares of land and sea is a major attraction in Abha. This park is considered the habitat by a lot of flora and fauna. Being one of the tallest mountains in Saudi Arabia, there are tons of activities can be done such as bird watching, hiking or even mountain climbing.
- Al Habala Valley
What is interesting here is the meaning of Al Habala which means “hanging”. The term was used because the residents of the “hanging village” literally uses ropes as a mode of transportation to climb up to the village. However things got easier with cable cars now. This place is also a perfect place for paragliding!
- The Edge of the World (Jebel Fihrayn)
Located two hours away from the capital Riyadh, it is surely a place to visit as it’s one of the favourite hiking spots by tourists and the residents. There is a never ending panoramic view that would really inspire you!
- Al Wajh old town
The old town is famous for its panoramic views and wonderful architecture. They were built with one of the finest red sea corrals outside of Jeddah. This abandoned town is right opposite the ocean with wonderful scenery.
- Fakieh Aquarium
This is Jeddah’s only aquarium, very well constructed and attractive way to show off the underwater life as well as a great dolphin show worth the price. You also have to try the Blue Ocean restaurant which serves delicious dishes and main courses, when the weather is nice, you’ll definitely enjoy the outside setting area that has plenty of drinking options and shisha.
- Jungle Land Theme Park
Jungle Land theme park is one of Jeddah’s most central entertainment venues; it was established in 1999. The entertainment jungle has a unique design inspired by jungle-colored African jungles with African designs and themes. It is one of the largest amusement parks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a square footage of 104413 m.
- Al Khobar
The location of Al Khobar on the Eastern Coast of the Kingdom gives it a pleasant atmosphere on the seaside. Whether you’re searching for relaxing beachfront, admiring award-winning architecture, shopping up a storm, or driving down one of the longest causeways in the world, there’s plenty to keep you busy on a city weekend.
- Souq twaheen
This small market in Tabuk’s old quarter is where the local Bedouin come to get their black and white goat-hair tent coverings and all the traditional Bedouin upgrades, including canvas cooler bags and gas camp cookers. This is also a great place to grab some of the fabulously patterned rugs, cushions and camel saddles with which many of them furnish their tents.
- Prince Fahd Bin Sultan’s Park
The Park of Prince Fahd Bin Sultan is a great place for families to relax in late afternoon and early evening. The temperatures here are relatively mild, even in the summer. A green grass carpet extends along Route 15, where tourists go for long walks or jogging.
- Atallah Happy Land Park
Featuring Saudi Arabia’s largest number of fun park rides, combining the best outdoor thrills with air-conditioned indoor entertainment for the whole family! They are opened all year round, so come and bring a safe and exciting fun for your family!
Being one of the largest muslim country in the world, Saudi arabia has variety of ancient history and archeological sites that existed for a very long time. So let’s check out some of the historical destinations the Kingdom has to offer:
- Royal Saudi air force museum
The Royal Saudi Air Force Museum, or Saqr Al-Jazira, is located between exits 10 and 11 on the East Ring Road of Riyadh. Formerly run by Saudia, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar operates as a gate guard visible from the ring road. The museum presents the Royal Saudi Air Force’s history from its establishment in the 1920s to the present day. The museum includes a static outdoor park and an indoor museum that is large and modern.
- Jubba and Shuwaymus
These two historical places is well known for its archaeological sites that contains tons of carvings carved on stones and rocks by the people who spend their times in their early times. This is a wonderful place to visit for someone who loves history and archaeology!
- Al Shafee Mosque
Named after one of the four great imams, this historical mosque is one of the most historical buildings that was built almost 16 centuries ago. The Mosque was beautifully maintained and restored to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular view of the mosque.
- Jubba Paleolithic Kingdom
Located near Jubba’s small town (100 km or 62 miles northwest of Hail), visitors can see rock art depicting 7,000-year-old animals and people. If you can’t get out so far, the National Museum in Riyadh has been transported some samples of the art.
- Old Jeddah
More than 2,500 years ago, when Jeddah was a small fishing village, the old town of Jeddah (Al-Balad) traces its history. Today, in the heart of modern Jeddah, you will see beautifully preserved old houses dating back to the early 1800s, and also preserved examples of traditional styles of architecture with intricately carved doors and lattice-work screens which allows the sea to breeze in.
- Mada’in Saleh
A stunning archaeological site with impressive Nabatean architectural style-ancient Arab settlers who lived in northern Arabia. The tribes first appeared in 6 BCE, and a trip to Mada’in Saleh with the many empty Nabatean tombs carved into huge rocks will give you an insight into their history and lifestyle. Through the many civilizations that came and left, the site has witnessed over two thousand years of development in language and culture.
- The Red Sea
A hot spot to dive, snorkel and explore more than 1,200 marine life and coral species. Swim alongside the many brightly colored fish and see if you can swim out at 68 miles per hour, the fastest fish in the world-the sailfish. The Red Sea has a thriving aquatic biodiversity thanks to its coral reefs, which is 1,240 miles long by the coastline.
A trip to Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be complete without a tour to Mecca, a city famous for being Islam’s birthplace. The site has long been a popular site for Muslim tourists and in fact, if they have the financial means, every Muslim is required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his lifetime.
There are tons of things that you can get in Saudi Arabia however there are some unique products that you could only get in the country. Here are some of the list of things you can get specially in Saudi Arabia:
Dates are one of the easiest snacks that can be found in Saudi Arabia. You could literally find every single kind of dates in all the stores.
This country also produces different types of perfumes or fragrances dad does not contain alcohol in it. What’s fascinating is the fact that this perfume could last more than 2 days.
Carpets are widely used in every house in Saudi Arabia. The unique feature of the carpets are the design and the material used to create. These can be a perfect gift for someone who loves to add in colours in the house.
For those who are big fans of collecting jewels or goals Saudi Arabia is the best place to get them. The prices might be high but the quality and the design of this jewelry is very well crafted.
- Velvet fabric
If you would realize, a lot of places contains fabric that are more shiny and silky. Now, Saudi Arabia producers mass amount of fabrics especially velvet where not only it’s cheap but also has a very good quality.