Opened for international visitors only in 2019, the gems of Saudi Arabia are not as popular as they deserve to be. Home to sparkling modern cities with stunning engineering marvels as well as vast mountains and lush green oases, Saudi is full of awe-inspiring tourist elements that easily compete with more popular destinations in the world. The landscape of this country is as diverse as its culture of poets, pilgrims, and merchants.
With the nation gearing up to welcome visitors after the pandemic, here is a glimpse of incredible experiences you can enjoy in this Arabian land.
1. Embark on a Scenic Road Trip in the Arabian Mountains
Located at a height of 1,879 m (6,165 ft) in the slopes of the Hejaz Mountains, Taif is the unofficial summer capital of Saudi Arabia. The road to the city meanders through the hilly Al-Hada region, an impressive route that runs up a rocky hill high into the clouds. You’ll be delighted to find out that Taif is located in an area where the best grapes, pomegranates, figs, roses and honey are found. Be prepared for some interesting agricultural tours as well!
2. Step Back in Time at the Splendid Al Masmak Fortress in Riyadh
Al Masmak Fortress is a vast clay and mud-brick citadel built in 1865 by the then Prince of Riyadh, Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan. Apart from serving many other services over time, this fort has also been a residence of the king!
Today it is restored as a museum where historical artefacts, works of art and audiovisual presentations can be enjoyed. For people who want to step back in time and explore the roots of Saudi Arabia, a visit to this museum is a must!
3. Camp Out on the Dunes of the Unbroken Sea of Sand
Satisfy your thirst for adventure in the Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali), the world’s largest contiguous desert! Plan a day trip to explore the region and drive through the wilderness with a skilled Bedouin guide. To make your journey more exciting, set up your camp under the stars, listen to the stories about Bedouin culture and experience the Arabian desert through storytelling.
4. Visit the Famous Floating Mosque of Jeddah
Known as the floating mosque, Al Rahma is a turquoise-domed structure built across the Red Sea. It is anchored to the shore by a low walkway and there are white stilts that suspend the mosque above the edge of the water. During the high tide, due to light reflection, the structure appears to hover magically over the waves. The architectural style of the religious place is a blend of classical Islamic design with a contemporary take.