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Things to do in Saudi

There is nothing more compelling than the captivating country of Saudi for anyone who wishes to have a complete new travelling experience. It is a country located in Western Asia on the Arabian Peninsula and is the fifth-largest country in Asia by area. The idea of Saudi being famous for only the Arabian desert is absolutely a myth, as there are many exciting places to visit and things to do. From historic sites of Mada’In Saleh to the deep Red Sea, roaring mountains of Jabal Al Lawz to vibrant markets, this place won’t disappoint anyone!

Things to do in Saudi

Rediscover experiences in Saudi and be ready to have a complete new definition of travelling. When a destination offers plenty of opportunities and things to do, it gets a bit difficult to choose. To help you with it, here are top suggestions of things to do in Saudi that will enhance your vacation and be worth trying. Check out –

  1. Visit Mada’In Saleh to Admire Magnificent Tombs
  2. Explore the Ancient Village of Thee Ain in Bidah Valley
  3. You Cannot Miss the Judah Thumb in Al-Ahsa
  4. Scuba Diving in the Red Sea 
  5. Savour your Appetite on Authentic Arabian Food Tour
  6. Hiking to the Edge of the World
  7. Visit the Heritage Site of Al Balad in Jeddah
  8. Buy Some Authentic Souvenirs from Souq Al Zal in Riyadh

1. Visit Mada’In Saleh to Admire Magnificent Tombs

The heritage site of Mada’In Saleh is waiting for you to explore Saudi’s distinctive history. Mada’In Saleh is located in the Medina Province and is about 22-km from Al ula. It is a popular destination amongst tourists and is known to serve the best on the plate. This place has earned top position in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and is well-known for its 131 ancient tombs carved into sandstone outcrops. This incredible carving was done by the Nabataean People and has created historic buffs till date. Give a head start to your Saudi tour by visiting this astonishing, and photogenic destination.

2. Explore the Ancient Village of Thee Ain in Bidah Valley

The picturesque village of Thee Ain is an eye-catching piece of artwork that will delight anyone who visits it. This civilization dates back to the 16th century and is loved by all, till date. The multi-storey houses on the site are built with stones and is not less than a prestigious historic paradise. The entire village is surrounded by mountains on three sides and has gone through various tribal battles. Not only ancient houses but Thee Ain Village is also famous for crops like lemon, bananas, basil, palm, and kadi.

3. You Cannot Miss the Judah Thumb in Al-Ahsa

Judah Thumb is an isolated rock formation in the middle of the Arabian Desert. This exemplary site is located about 160 km from Dhahran which is close to Judah town. Also known as the Devil’s Thumb, it is easy to reach in an SUV and have a worthwhile getaway with your loved ones. People who love desert camping can enjoy desert camping and admire the wonderful sky at night. 

4. Scuba Diving in the Red Sea

Whenever you listen to the word “Saudi”, the first thing that pops into you is “desert”, isn’t it? It’s tempting to think about dunes, safaris, and camel rides, but Saudi is much more than this. Being the house of the tempting Red Sea, there is no chance of missing scuba diving and snorkelling. Explore the untouched underwater world and build the best memories of your Saudi vacation.

5. Savour your Appetite on Authentic Arabian Food Tour

It is said, if you wish to explore any destination from its root, go on its food tour. As part of an Arabian Food Tour, you will not only indulge your taste buds, but will also gain an insight into Saudi’s lifestyle from a local’s point of view. Besides satisfying your plate, be ready for a culinary journey that is diverse, exciting, and delicious.

6. Hiking to the Edge of the World

Do you crave breathtaking views, adventurous experiences, and unforgettable memories? The Edge of the World, or Jebel Fihrayn is your go-to destination. The huge Tuwaiq cliffs are located about 99 km away from Riyadh and is a famous sightseeing spot in Saudi. Various movies are shot at the Edge of the World being one of the best backdrops for any movie. Hiking to the edge of the world is considered to be one of the top things to do in Saudi, so don’t miss it!

7. Visit the Heritage Site of Al Balad in Jeddah

Being the second-largest city in Saudi, Jeddah, has no dearth of amazing places to explore and one of them is the historic city area of Al Balad. This entire old town falls under UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to know why, you would have to visit it. This area dates back to the 7th century and has alluring mosques, heritage buildings, bustling markets, narrow lanes and small cafés. Don’t turn a blind eye to this majestic and historic landmark of Saudi Arabia.

8. Buy Some Authentic Souvenirs from Souq Al Zal in Riyadh

Isn’t your holiday incomplete without going shopping? Of course, it is! Riyadh’s Souq Al Zal is a perfect place to visit to buy some sublime souvenirs on your way back home. You can buy authentic spices, garments, traditional carpets, daggers, scents, and so much more from Souq Al Zal. The narrow streets will not only give you Arabian things to buy but also an experience, you will enjoy and which cannot be experienced in mega malls. 

From vibrant cities to historic sites, natural landmarks to modern skyscrapers, and so much more, Saudi won’t disappoint you. The appealing destination of Saudi is waiting for you to explore it at its best. Visit Saudi this vacation and create memories like never before.  Reach out our experts to book your Saudi package.

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