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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is perhaps one of the most well known yet one of the least traveled to countries in the world, especally for leisure. The country plays host to millions of visitors each year, mainly for Islamic rites of Hajj and Umrah, so they are used to large numbers of travelers. In fact they receive the highest number of visitors per year if we compare the country with other well known Middle Eastern destinations.

Capital

Riyadh

Time

GMT +3

Currency

Saudi riyal

Language

Arabic

Religion

Islam

Population

36 Million

International Airports

Riyadh, Abha, Jeddah, Yanbu

Weather

Saudi Arabia is characterized by a desert climate, with the exception of the southwestern part of the country, which exhibits a semi-arid climate. Summers in the central region are extremely hot and dry, ranging from 27°C to 43°C in the inland areas and 27°C to 38°C in coastal areas.

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Top Highlights

Ancient Al-Ula

The wind-swept expanses of AlUla are a true living museum spanning hundreds of years of Arabian history. A fascinating destination to visit year-round, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra, wander the historic alleyways of AlUla Old Town, discover the ancient capital of Dadan and see the “open library” of inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah.

Red Sea Dives

The coastal city of Jeddah is one of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling destinations, with many unique areas to discover the stunning marine life deep down in the Red Sea. The area is submerged, pristine, and untouched and it is where you can interact with the beauty of pure nature, and where you discover and learn about the most beautiful and rare marine creatures.

A Palm Oasis

A desert oasis of shady palm groves and crystal-clear springs, Al Ahsa Oasis stands as a dazzling haven against the harsh and untamed plains of the Rub' Al Khali (Empty Quarter). For millennia, this region’s fertile land made it a hub for traders and caravans crossing the region’s ancient trade routes, forging links across the Arabian Peninsula and beyond, and providing a stopping place for early pilgrims enroute to Makkah.

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Riyadh

The birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia, where old-world charm meets 21st-century vision. Riyadh Province – also known as Al-Wosta – is home to the country’s capital: a modern metropolis with a thriving financial and business centre, and a growing cultural scene. It’s a city rich in history, boasting myriad forts, palaces and museums, and some of the country’s most colorful souks.

Jazan

One of the most beautiful and most important Saudi cities. It is located in the southwest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea coast. While the population has not grown over the years, it is one of the most densely populated regions in Saud Arabie due to its narrow area. According to the statistics of 2018, the city’s population is approximately 1.4 million. The mountain of the Fayfa Governorate is also known as the city that embraces the sky. With an altitude of more than 1800 meters, it is characterized by its cold atmosphere, and its high peaks, where the tourist can navigate through local markets, shops and ancient exhibits.

Al Ula

A city in the Medina Region located in north-western Saudi Arabia. Al Ula, The World’s Masterpiece, is one of the oldest cities in the Arabian Peninsula and home to Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. An area rich in historical, geological and geographical significance, this ancient city, once at the crossroads of The Silk Road and The Incense Route, has only recently been re-discovered by the world.

Hail

Nestled between Mount Shammer to the north and Mount Salma to the south, the city of Hail was once the capital of all the Arabian Desert and home to legends like Hatim Al Tai, the Arabian poet whose altruism earned him spots in stories like “One Thousand and One Nights” (also known as “Arabian Nights”). Today it is the capital of the north-central region of Saudi Arabia bearing the same name and a popular stop during the pilgrimage to Makkah. The city of Hail is also known for hosting international events, including a Desert Festival celebrating the area’s culture and the Hail International Rally, where rally cars, quads and motorcycles race through the Nafud Desert and through Hail.

Jeddah

A coastal city located in the western region of Saudi Arabia. Over the years, no Saudi city has been more open to outside influencers such as traders, international artists and Makkah-bound pilgrims than the ancient port of Jeddah. The city’s heart is still intact in Al Balad, the magical historical quarter that has undergone a renaissance in recent years. And the Red Sea is still central to it all — for trade, for diving among pristine reefs, and for fishing for Jeddah’s legendary seafood. The city where Eve was laid to rest (according to local lore) is a beguiling mix of old and new, and one that remains gloriously different.

Abha

Located in the southwest of the Kingdom, this city is famous for being one of the summer destinations for tourists. Abha is known for its cold weather, moderate rains, and picturesque mountainous landscapes, which provide the opportunity to establish four cable car systems to connect the city’s resorts, including linking between the rocky slope in Souda and Al-Habla, the area called The Lake, and some of the mountains of the new city of Abha. In addition, the city of Abha has a rich cultural and traditional heritage, and an architectural diversity that includes mosaic work, thanks to the city’s long history, and for being one of the most densely populated areas in the Arabian peninsula.

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