Covering the majority of the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia is home to vast deserts, Islamic holy cities and a rich and very conservative culture that influences in every aspect of life. It’s a difficult country to visit, and not your typical tourist destination, but once you arrive amazing attractions abound. The Madain Saleh boasts amazing monumental rock-cut tombs, a smaller version of the ancient city of Petra in neighbouring Iran. In addition, the stark beauty of the Asir Mountains will ignite wonder. As the birthplace of Islam, and site of its two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, Sharia Law governs the kingdom. It’s important to be considerate of the strict social customs and conservative laws. They highlight the importance of traveling with a family and women must be accompanied by their husband or male relative when out it public.
The capital of Riyadh is a modern metropolis with glistening skyscrapers like Kingdom Tower and Al-Faisaliah Tower that stand in stark contrast to the surrounding desert. The city is home to some interesting museums and historical sites such as the Masmak Fortress. You will find that Saudi’s love their shopping malls, both as a source of entertainment and to escape the extreme heat, and they do not disappoint. Luxury name brands mean world-class shopping and many of the big malls have their own indoor amusement parks.
Jeddah is a more relaxed city along the coast and is the gateway to the holy cities, which are only accessible to Muslims. During the annual hajj, both cities attract huge waves of pilgrims, so schedule your visit accordingly. The old Al-Balad district in Jeddah has many buildings with unique coral architecture. And if you want to do like the Saudi’s do, spend an evening strolling along the waterfront Corniche and enjoy the sea breeze. Fresh from the boat seafood and treasure hunting at the local souqs and the chance to scuba dive in the Red Sea add to Jeddah’s allure. With treasures both old and new awaiting the adventurous traveller a holiday in Saudi Arabia is sure to be unforgettable.
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