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Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA

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Welcome to Arabia, where ancient traditions meet a vibrant contemporary culture, set against the most stunning natural landscapes. There are countless combinations visitors can design to experience Saudi Arabia from its
main cities through to destinations off the beaten track. The vast expanse of the country offers culture, heritage, and adventure at every turn. 

Get a glimpse of their land, learn about our customs and traditions, and set your sights on things to do, see and taste in Saudi. 

Come, live the story of Arabia.

Saudi is rich with unspoiled landscapes, cutting-edge culture and great adventures

Desert Adventures

Part of what’s special about the Arabian Peninsula – and

specifically Saudi – is its Desert. In fact, Saudi Arabia is home to the
largest Sand Desert on earth. From adrenaline package excursions
like dune bashing and sandboarding to more serene, history-inspired
activities such as Camel Riding and Arabian camping, the desert in

Saudi serves as a canvas for more than just adventure travelers.

Dune bashing – Camel riding – Arabian camping.

Hiking Adventures

Saudi’s diverse topography is a delight for hiking enthusiasts.

With striking lookout points atop cliffs and an oasis in the desert, there are

plenty of adventures to embark upon on foot.

Edge of the World – Al Ahsa Oasis – Jabal Abyad.

Water Adventures

Saudi is bordered by the Red Sea to the west and the Arabian

Gulf to the east — making an adventure on or in the water 

an ideal way to explore.

Red Sea Scuba Diving and Snorkeling – Visiting a Desert Lake –

Exploring on boats and cruises.

Culture

Saudi culture is as rich as it is diverse. Visit the Kingdom’s many mosques

and traditional markets to experience a rhythm of life that has little changed

over the centuries. Explore the different regions to experience the multi-cultural variety of foods, lifestyles, and customs. And, for a taste of modern Saudi, don’t miss the urban districts and entertainment centers where people meet to shop, dine or just spend time with friends.

From traditional dances and handicrafts to gleaming skyscrapers and thriving cities, Saudi is a destination in which history and modernity are inextricably linked and endlessly beguiling. 

 

                                                                      Mosques and Spirituality

While Saudi is home to the holy cities of Makkah and Medina, a pilgrimage

the route around the country doesn’t have to stop there. Travelers can venture to other holy — and less crowded — spots to enjoy the mosques’ calm atmosphere pray in peace and check out other sites of historical significance. Makkah and parts of Medina are accessible only to Muslims; however, other architecturally noteworthy mosques and historic sites across the country are accessible and can provide a firsthand glimpse into the intriguing religious roots of Saudi.

Al Rajhi Mosque – Al Rajhi Grand Mosque – Al Rahma Mosque

Museums and History

With such a rich history, it’s no surprise that Saudi

is home to a plethora of museums, castles and

cultural institutions around the country. Visitors can

immerse themselves in exhibitions and displays that

not only highlight the ancient past but also bring to light

more contemporary works by local and international artists.

The National Museum in Riyadh – The Antiquities Museum –

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

 

Souqs and Shopping

From old-world souqs to modern malls to boutique concept stores,

Saudi has a wealth of shopping options, offering everything from

traditional wares to designer items to creative collections and offbeat décor.

Share Al Hob market – Souq Al Qaisariya – Personage

 

Heritage

Experience a land where the past comes to life. From the labyrinthine streets of ancient cities to the intricate rock carvings of early civilizations, the kingdom’s rich history is written large across the landscape.

When you explore the ancient ruins and rock-carven tombs of Nabatean Hegra or walk the narrow winding streets of Al-Turaif, surrounded by beautiful Najd architecture, you are opening a doorway into Saudi’s rich and fascinating history.

Since the days of antiquity, Saudi has occupied a pivotal position at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Today, there are more than 11,000 archaeological sites throughout the Kingdom, telling the story of the civilizations that lived over the years. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is proud to have five UNESCO World Heritage Sites :

  • Al Ahsa Oasis
  • Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Hegra)
  • Al-Turaif District in Diriyah
  • Historic Jeddah
  • Rock art in the Hail region

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Nature

Whether you are sailing the crystalline waters of the Saudi Red Sea, exploring one of the country’s many national parks, or hiking through the green hills of Al Baha, Saudi will surprise and delight you with a wealth of natural treasures.

From seas teeming with exotic fish, rare marine animals, and thriving corals to lush oases, verdant farmlands, and even desert areas that are rich with life and raw natural beauty, Saudi is a kaleidoscope of unique natural experiences.

            

Food

Traditional Saudi cuisines use fragrant spices and the freshest of local ingredients inspired by the trading heritage of the country. The different types of food are largely tied to the terrain, with many traditional dishes reflecting the ancient trade caravans and nomadic lifestyles of desert dwellers.

To this day, while dates and aromatic coffee are central to the culture of hospitality, there is a diversity and richness to cuisines across different regions to be explored.

           

 

Travel to Saudi

Travel between India and Saudi is currently open with few restrictions in place, due to COVID. If, however, you would like to plan a holiday – be it an adventure or cultural holiday – we are accepting bookings for 2022 as normal, with the added bonus that prices for our summer holidays remain unchanged from 2021.

What we are doing so you can book with confidence >

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Places to Visit in Destination Saudi

 

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Al Ahsa

A trip out to Al Ahsa’s undulating sands offers a chance to climb the popular Al Qarah Mountain and explore the rock-hewn caves that weave through it, or just to gaze over the oasis from its summit. If you’re feeling adventurous, hire a four-wheel drive and head off road to explore the looming dunes. As evening falls, Al Ahsa’s bustling Souq Al Qaisariy comes alive, ringing with street hawkers and the timeless sounds of this historic port city.

Al Baha

A journey to Al Baha is a journey to a different Saudi Arabia. In a kingdom that’s often characterized by ochre desert, this high-altitude city is a place of ancient towers, lush forests and winding valleys. The ancient Ghamid and Zahran tribes forged a unique cultural identity in the area, building 1,001 stone qasbah lookout towers that are only found here, as well as setting up a bustling souq. But the real joy is driving out of the city on hairpin mountain bends, past apricot and pomegranate orchards, into the 40 or so forests that surround the city. 

Al Jouf

Al Jouf is the Kingdom’s crossroad of ancient civilizations, with its spectacular natural landscapes, rich fertile lands, and desert climate. Located at the northernmost region of the Kingdom, Al Jouf is home to several archaeological sites and landmarks stretching over a long historical period from the Stone and Copper Ages to the Modern Age. Formed by mountains, valleys, and flat sand dunes in the Nafud Desert, Al Jouf encompasses a range of attractions and archaeological sites including Sisira Well, Al Dar’i Quarter, Marid Castle, and the Al Jouf Museum. 

Alula

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been a crossroads of ancient civilizations — a place of deep history that is continuously evolving. Positioned in the northwest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a stunning example of the country’s wonderful heritage. Its main city of the same name is located on the original pilgrimage route to Makkah, approximately 325km north of Medina. A place of extraordinary human endeavor, visitors to AlUla are immersed in a land of ancient civilizations spanning more than 200,000 years of human history.

Asir

Known for its mountainous environment and breathtaking views, the highland of Asir is the southern endpoint of the Red Sea coast and a treasure trove for adventurous souls looking for excitement. With an abundance of heritage sites, outdoor thrills, and vibrant traditional markets, Asir is a culturally and geographically rich destination with plenty of places for the whole family to explore. There are vibrant traditional markets in Abha, the culturally rich capital of the Asir region and sister city Khamis Mushait, and historic neighborhoods like Al Nasb and Al Basta.

Dammam

Boasting endless views of a tranquil Arabian Gulf, Dammam is a modern metropolis that thrives on its coastal location. Along with nearby Al Khobar and Dhahran, these ‘triplet cities’ are tailored to a lifestyle in the open air, brimming with lush green parks, airy waterfronts, and sandy beaches. Dip into science and innovation at SCITECH or get a dose of pop culture at the quirky Taybeen and Alfelwah and Aljowharah museums.

Diriya

Diriyah is the birthplace of the Kingdom and a symbol of the beauty, generosity, and resilience of the Saudi nation and its people. The topography of the area, with a fertile river valley offering shade and sustenance, meant that Diriyah became a natural resting point for traders, travelers, and pilgrims from the Eastern and Northern parts of the Arabian Peninsula who were bound for Makkah and Medina

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”).

Jeddah

Jeddah’s unofficial motto is Jeddah ghair, or ‘Jeddah’s different’. No Saudi city has been more open to outside influences over the years than this ancient port, whether traders, international artists or Makkah-bound pilgrims. Today, Jeddah is Saudi’s buzzing cosmopolitan hub, home to gleaming hotels and big-ticket events like the Red Sea International Film Festival.

Makkah

For many Muslims around the world, an opportunity to visit Makkah is the ultimate blessing. This is the holiest city in Islam: the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the city where the Quran was first revealed to him. The annual Hajj pilgrimage to the city is one of the five pillars of the faith, but millions of people journey to the city year-round to perform the shorter Umrah pilgrimage as well.

Medina

Medina is Islam’s second holiest city, making it a key destination for millions of pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah. The city is centered around Al Masjid an Nabawi, also known as the Prophet’s Mosque, which was constructed by the Prophet himself and is also where he is buried. Medina is where the Prophet Muhammad lived and taught after the migration from Makkah in 622 A.D., called Hijrah. 

Red Sea

The Red Sea coast is a stretch of richly varied cultures: from the port city of Jeddah to the fertile mountains of Taif, via the turquoise-fringed coast around Yanbu. The Red Sea is home to an abundance of flora and fauna including rare species such as dugongs and green and hawksbill turtles. As the world,s fourth-largest barrier reef system, home to untouched corals and a significant number of endangered species.

Riyadh

Riyadh is at first glance a modern metropolis, its highways hives of activity amongst urban high-rises. But delve beneath its shiny new façade and the city’s fascinating centuries-old history can still be found within its atmospheric souqs, compelling museums, and ancient architecture.

Tabuk

The northwestern city of Tabuk has long been a resting point for Jordanian and Egyptian pilgrims, with a rich Bedouin culture that can be felt in Souq Twaheen, which still supplies patterned rugs and goat-hair tent covers for modern nomads. Today’s Tabuk marks the Northern point of the Saudi coast, but is also a base for exploring wild beauty spots and the story of the Prophet Moses, who is believed to have lived east of the city for a decade.

Taif

Just reaching Taif is a thrill. From the hollow of Makkah, a beautiful serpentine road winds up through the mountains to the plateau where Taif sits, passing fruit markets, rose farms and deep valleys. Taif is often referred to as the City of Roses, for the famously fragrant flowers that grow in the wadis and mountains around it. It’s also known as Saudi’s unofficial summer capital.

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