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Experience the best of Saudi Arabia in these spectacular summer destinations


From Tabuk in the north to Abha in the south, Saudi’s Red Sea coast represents an epic 1,835km stretch of wild beauty, dramatic landscapes and blurring cultures.


The journey runs from the northwest of Saudi Arabia, down along the turquoise coast beyond Jeddah to the misty mountains of the Asir region, close to the Yemen border. Along the way are some of the most dramatic natural sights in the kingdom, from the sandstone columns of the Al Disah Valley to the bleached white-sand atolls of Umluj.

The trip is a living history, visiting the one- time home of Lawrence of Arabia and the mountainous southern villages of the ancient Aseri tribe, whose men wear floral headdresses and bright costumes. It takes in Al Balad, Jeddah’s evocative historic quarter, but also the gleaming new King Abdullah Economic City to the north. From shimmering seas to golden-lit mountains and spectacular winding roads, the route captures Saudi Arabia at its richest and most beautiful. Here’s how best to explore it, including where to stop, where to stay and what you’ll see along the way.


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