Saudi Arabia is an oil rich kingdom formed in 1932. Stretched across the Arabian Peninsula with coastlines on the Red Sea and Persian Gulf on the side, this place is an unstoppable adventure. It has been and still is an important place for Muslims all across the world as it houses the two most important places of worship, Mecca and Medina.
Visiting Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has only just recently opened its doors to tourists, but surprisingly, nearly 100,000 people have visited this Kingdom on tourist visas.
The Saudi’s are proud of their historic traditions, heritage, language and culture which is unaffected by mass tourism. The kingdom houses stunning beaches on the coast of the red sea, ancient ruins dating back thousands of years and museums filled with national treasures.
Saudi Arabia remains a strict Islamic country, though the city of Jeddah is thought to be its most liberal through strong overseas influences. Jeddah has stunning beaches, and some of the largest souks anywhere, a must visit for any bargain hunter.
Why should you visit Saudi Arabia?
To experience the desert country! Saudi Arabia is considered as the birth place of Islam. It is also the most significant place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Here, people go for Hajj pilgrimage and to pay homage to the burial site of Prophet Mohammad. Apart from these two holy places, Saudi Arabia has some of the most beautiful forts, mosques, domes and museums. One can visit these places and witness the Islamic architecture and culture, which lies at the base of this place.
One should go to Al-Ula, which is an ancient site showing the primitive civilisation. It was considered as the hub for trade and commerce. Located between Al Madinah and Tabuk, this historic site is for people who love heritage places and witnessing history. Shuwaymus is another rock carving site that shows the way of living of Neolithic people. Tayma is another place which shows old civilisations with wells and buildings. It is also believed to be declared in the Old Testament in the book of Jeremiah. Again, a delight for the archaeology and history students!
You should visit Saudi Arabia to watch some of the most startling modern day buildings. One of them is Kingdom Centre, the tallest building in the country and is located in Riyadh. It has 41 stories with 160 highly prestigious stores. It is a well facilitated building with 41 elevators and 22 escalators and the parking space can accommodate 3,000 vehicles at a time. Many such such sky-scrapping buildings could be found in this wonderful destination. Check them out to see the Urbanism in the land of deserts.
Another interesting place to visit is the National Museum of Riyadh, which has historical artefacts, manuscripts and display boards. The exhibition halls showcase the items and stuff from the various eras of the country. It also gives details about the First & Second Saudi state to the mission of the Prophet.
Must visit tourist attractions of Saudi Arabia:
Masjid e Taneem
National Museum of Saudi Arabia
King Fahd Causeway
When is the best time to visit Saudi Arabia?
November to March is the best time to visit this place as the day temperatures are bearable but the nights are freezing cold.
From April to October, the day temperatures go above 40°C and humidity levels are also high. You can even expect sandstorms in April.
Red Sea diving is available across the year; however the summer time is generally better.
Saudi Arabia’s weather is hot throughout the year with temperatures exceeding 40oC but most of this is dry heat. In winter the nights are cold. The Red Sea coast is hot and humid and rain is a rarity in the whole land.