The top tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is filled with incredible contrasting landscapes. The endless beaches of the Red Sea and astounding deserts and mountains are juxtaposed with cities filled with gleaming skyscrapers.
Having only recently opened its borders to international tourists, the country is a jewel waiting to be discovered. To avoid the heat, the best time to visit Saudi Arabia is between November and February when it is coolest.
Read on to find out about the tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia that you cannot miss when paying this country a visit.
Al Masmak Fortress
When you are deciding what to see in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, be sure to put Al Masmak Fortress on your list.
In addition to being an incredible sight from outside, Al Masmak Fortress is a site of great historical significance. Evoking the power and mystery of ancient Arabia, it was the backdrop of many historical events. It also houses a rich collection of historical artefacts, a mosque, and the luxurious diwan room, complete with a throne and exquisite interiors.
The Edge of the World
The Edge of the World, known in Arabic as Jebel Fihrayn, is located northwest of Riyadh. This geological wonder is part of the larger Tuwaiq escarpment mountain system.
You can stand at the edge of a sheer precipice and look out across the desert 1000 feet below. The mountain system makes you feel like you’re on the edge of the world, surrounded by unearthly rock formations.
You’ll need a 4X4 and someone who knows the way, but it’s worth the effort. It is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset.
Al Masjid An Nabawi
As the second largest mosque in the world, Al Masjid Al Nabawi in the city of Medina is on the must-see list of tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia. Marvel at the size and brilliance of the mosque’s architecture and the rich history it houses inside its walls. It is said to be built by the prophet Mohammed himself, and can house two million devotees inside its walls.
Unlike in Mecca, where only Muslims are allowed, all are welcome to attend services or simply view this magnificent mosque.
Al Ula is a region of Saudi Arabia known for its surreal rock formations and Nabatean ruins. The Nabateans were ancient caravan traders who moved between southern Arabia and the Jordan Valley.
The most famous ruins are Mada’in Saleh, where you can see clusters of 2000 year old tombs against the background of stunning golden desert sand. The Al Ula viewpoint is also worth a visit, where you can see the entire valley surrounded by majestic mountains laid out before you in an otherworldly spectacle.
Riyad is famous for many things, including its eclectic landscape. The Addiriyah Park forms an important part of this. The Park is an oasis located on the Wadi Hanifa and was the birthplace of all Saudi States.
In this oasis, there are verdant seating areas that offer superb views over the historic district of Al Turaif, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only is the Park a wonderful place to relax and soak up the city’s history, it also provides access to the ruins of At-Turaif. Amongst the ruins is a recreation of an ancient Saudi street, complete with actors engaging in activities from years gone by.
Book your flight to Saudi Arabia
We’ve mentioned some of the top tourist attractions in Saudi Arabia, but we have barely scratched the surface.
A place where modernity meets a rich ancient culture, Saudi Arabia is home to towering skyscrapers, glittering malls, awe-inspiring landscapes and dream-like mosques.
As tourists are now welcome, it’s the ideal time to book your flight to visit this jewel of the East and stay with us at Frasers Suites Riyadh.