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Introducing Saudi Arabia

There are not many of us who thought that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would, in our lifetimes, be a leading country for tourism. However, their vision by 2030 is to connect with the world, build bridges between cultures and create prosperity for the future. With the money at their disposal not to mention the incredibly beautiful natural resources they have to share, you would be a fool to argue!

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East and is home to 13 regions and provinces all offering something different to the curious and adventurous tourist.

These regions are Al Baha, Al Jouf, Asir, Eastern Province, Hail, Jizan, Najran, Northern Borders, Makkah, Medina, Qasim, Riyadh, and Tabuk.

Tourists can expect to enjoy a unique destination with a warm welcome along with stunning natural landscapes, rich heritage, and a fascinating culture.

Key Information

Continent The Middle East
CurrencySaudi Riyal
VisaFCO Advice
VaccinationsVaccination Advice
Tourist OfficeSaudi Tourism

Getting Around

Public transport in Saudi Arabia is improving all the time and is generally well priced.

Bus There is a well-established and wide-ranging bus network called Saptco. Buses offer a good varied network to some of the more remote parts of the country however services can be slow.

Air Regional Airports mean this is the easiest and quickest way to cover large distances.

Train There are currently just three train lines available and all are well-priced, safe, and reliable. Riyadh–Dammam, Riyadh–Jauf and Mecca–Medina via Jeddah.

Car With petrol cheap, car hire is very popular and available in all the major towns and cities.

Taxis As with many places in the world obtain a fare first before departing as this could save you a fortune versus the meter. Taxis are found in the bigger towns and can be hailed down.

Top 20 Things To See & Do In Saudi Arabia

  1. Explore the ancient Nabatean city of Madain Saleh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with well-preserved tombs and rock-cut architecture.
  2. Visit the bustling capital city of Riyadh and explore its modern skyscrapers, traditional souks, and historic landmarks like Al-Masmak Fortress.
  3. Discover the historic Diriyah, the birthplace of the Saudi state and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its mud-brick architecture and narrow alleys.
  4. Explore the Red Sea coast and indulge in snorkelling, diving, and beach activities in destinations like Jeddah and Yanbu.
  5. Take a trip to the Edge of the World, a stunning natural escarpment offering panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape.
  6. Visit the ancient city of Al-Ula and marvel at its impressive archaeological sites, including the imposing rock formations of Al-Hijr (Mada’in Salih).
  7. Explore the desert oasis of Al-Ahsa, home to lush palm groves, historic mud-brick villages, and UNESCO-listed sites like Al-Qara Mountain.
  8. Experience traditional Saudi hospitality with a stay in a desert camp or a visit to a Bedouin settlement.
  9. Take a guided tour of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran, featuring exhibitions, performances, and cultural events.
  10. Discover the vibrant art scene in Jeddah’s historic Al-Balad district, known for its colourful street art, galleries, and cafes.
  11. Visit the stunning Al Wahbah Crater, a massive volcanic crater in the desert near Taif, ideal for hiking, camping, and stargazing.
  12. Explore the ancient city of Jubbah and its well-preserved rock art, dating back thousands of years and depicting scenes of hunting, wildlife, and daily life.
  13. Experience the thrill of off-road driving in the dunes of the Rub’ al Khali (Empty Quarter), the largest continuous sand desert in the world.
  14. Visit the modern city of Jizan and explore its beautiful coastline, traditional souks, and historic forts.
  15. Discover the historic town of Najran, known for its distinctive mud-brick architecture, ancient ruins, and vibrant cultural heritage.
  16. Explore the Asir Mountains region and hike through its stunning landscapes, lush valleys, and picturesque villages.
  17. Visit the ancient city of Tayma and explore its well-preserved archaeological sites, including the imposing Tayma Fortress.
  18. Experience traditional Saudi cuisine with a visit to a local restaurant or market, sampling dishes like Kabsa, Mandi, and Samboosa.
  19. Take a stroll along the Corniche in Jeddah, enjoying views of the Red Sea, colourful fountains, and waterfront cafes.
  20. Experience the traditional Saudi sport of falconry with a visit to a falcon market or a falconry centre, where you can watch trained birds in action.

Pre-bookable Excursions in Saudi Arabia

More Information

Saudi Tourism provides a wide choice of useful information including places to go, things to do and what you can expect from the weather.



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