Saudi Arabia, a country known to be extremely ‘holy’ and very fierce in defending their religion. It is also a popular tourist destination. So today, in this article am going to be telling you about the best tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia.
You will love the country after seeing pictures of these places
A trip to Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be complete without travelling to the city of Mecca, a city famous for being the birthplace of Islam. The place has long been a popular site for Muslim tourists and, in fact, every Muslim is required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime if they have the financial means.
It’s important to note that non-muslims are not allowed to enter the city of Mecca, including the area around the famous Kaaba stone.
A stunning archaeological site with impressive architecture from the Nabateans – ancient Arab settlers who inhabited northern Arabia. The tribes first appeared in 6 BCE, and a trip to Mada’in Saleh will give you an insight into their history and lifestyle with the many empty Nabatean tombs, which have been carved into huge rocks. The site has stood witness to over two thousand years worth of development in language and culture through the many civilizations that came and left.
Other recommended historical sites to visit in the area include the ancient village of Al Ula, the Lion tombs, the Elephant Rock, and the Lehyan library
The Red Sea
A hot spot for scuba diving, snorkelling, and exploring over 1,200 species of marine life and corals. Swim alongside the many brightly coloured fishes and see if you can out-swim the world’s fastest fish – the sailfish -, which swims at 68 miles per hour. The Red Sea has a thriving aquatic biodiversity thanks to its coral reefs, which is 1,240 miles long by the coastline and some are even as old as 7,000 years.
Experts also say that swimming in the Red Sea is healthy for you because the salt levels can improve blood circulation. The waters are around 35% saltier than most seas, so you can even float without worries.
It’s been suggested that the Red Sea is given its name due to the seasonal alga that makes the waters look a dark orange-red. Others claim it’s because of Harei Edom, the red-tinged mountain range nearby. The waters are also warm enough throughout the year, with temperatures ranging between 18°C – 29°C.
Whether you want to stick to the surface or dive deeper, the Red Sea is one of those places you must visit.
This tower was earlier called the Kingdom Tower and it is an under-construction skyscraper in Jeddah Saudi Arabia which upon its completion will be the tallest building on Earth. If construction goes as planned Jeddah tower will become the first-ever structure to reach the one-kilometre height mark.
The name Jabal al-Lawz when translated to English means mountain of almonds, this mountain is 2580 meter high, and it is located above the Gulf of Aqaba near the border of Jordan. This mountain is often mistakenly identified as the biblical Mount Sinai but researchers of the Old Testament have refuted this theory
You don’t want to miss this cultural extravaganza. The Janadriyah Festival is an annual festival in Riyadh where you can see some of the region’s oldest homes, enjoy traditional dances and performances from across Saudi Arabia, check out plenty of trinkets to buy, and sample a wide selection of traditional food. Different parts of the event are dedicated to various regions in the kingdom, including a few other countries, so you’ll be able to check out the architecture, art, and food that’s unique to each one. The event is suitable for people of all ages
Donated to Jeddah by the late King Fahd, the Jeddah Fountain is the tallest fountain of its type in the world. It is located on the west coast and the height of the fountain is recorded at 553 feet, however, other sources put the height at 1,024 feet. The fountain uses salt water from the sea rather than fresh water and it shoots water at a speed of 374 kilometres.
A beautiful hidden gem in Riyadh, the Heet Cave is a natural swimming pool and well worth a visit for a dip in its deep, turquoise waters. It’s dangerous to descend into the waters with a risky jump due to the rocks lining the mouth of the cave – best to climb down the rocks and swim from there.
Written By: William Nwokoji