What to see in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Attractions

Perhaps not known for its tourism opportunities, when visited, Saudi Arabia has some wonderfully culturally enriching sites making for a memorable destination. A part from the religious pilgrimages, there is growth in Saudi Arabia's leisure tourism sector, which is promising for those hoping to visit the country.

The cities are bustling and are vibrant, each in their own way. Riyadh offers excellent hotels and some breath-taking sights such as the Al Faisaliah golden geodesic dome, one of the tallest buildings in the region. The Al Musmak Castle, an important landmark and heritage site can also be found there.

The historical city of Jeddah is certainly worth the visit. The preserved ancient city is listed as a 'tourist site', as it is the city's seafront corniche, a popular spot with the air of a British seaside resort that draws the country's own domestic holidaymakers. Amongst it all, the magic of Arabia shines through in the souks (markets) where vendors tout everything from carpets to camel milk.

Rules and regulations make sightseeing difficult for foreigners except on a few approved and expensive tours, but sites like the ruins of 15th-century Dir'aiyah (the nation's first capital) and trips to the world's largest camel market make for one-of-a-kind experiences and when in Saudi Arabia, cannot be missed.

Al Murabba’a Historical Palace

Al Murabba'a Historical Palace was built in the early 1900s as private accommodation for the king.

Now a principal…

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Al Musmak Castle

An important landmark and heritage site in the city of Riyadh, the Musmak fortress was built around 1865 and is the site…

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City of old Diriyah

The ruins of the historically significant city of Diriyah, standing imposing and silent in the desert about 12 miles…

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Kingdom Centre

The place to see and be seen in central Riyadh is at the remarkable Kingdom Centre, the tallest building in Saudi Arabia,…

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Mecca is the holiest city in the Muslim world and is the direction towards which the world's Muslims pray five times…

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Located in the mountains near Mecca, Ta'if is a popular summer holiday resort in Saudi Arabia. One of the few places…

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