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From red-hued mountains to azure desert lakes, to ancient sites that trace the history of mankind, Saudi Arabia is a destination like no other.

Highlights

Saudi Arabia Regions

Riyadh

Welcome to Riyadh, the birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia, where old-world charm meets with 21st century vision. Riyadh province – also known as Al-Wosta – is home to the country’s capital: a modern metropolis with a thriving financial and business centre, and a growing cultural scene. It’s a city rich in history, boasting myriad forts, palaces and museums, and some of the country’s most colourful souks.

Jouf

A funnel for historic trade routes, Jouf is the kingdom’s northern gateway and home to enormous olive and date farms, thanks to its more temperate climate. Visitors will love gazing over the city from the hilltop Za’bal Castle and descending into the sandstone depths of the 15-metre-deep Sisra Well. Around exploring the city’s busy handicraft markets, make time to visit Saudi Arabia’s answer to Stonehenge, the Al Rajajil Stones. Standing in the desert to the south of Sakakah city and etched with Thamudic script, these inscrutable sandstone pillars are a resonant tribute to a long extinct culture.

Qassim

Nestled in the heart of the kingdom, Qassim’s long history and rich heritage are ripe for exploration. Take a trip to discover swathes of lush farmland striped by wadis, ancient Bedouin settlements, and the world’s largest date market and festival, in addition to an abundance of historical attractions.

Ha'il

Home of the famed Arab poet Hatim al-Tai, the northern province of Ha’il is known for its warm hospitality, where locals will happily take visitors out to see the city’s surrounding desert and valleys. Tour the 300-year-old fortress A’arif Castle, which looms from a hillside overlooking the city, or explore the remains of the 19th century Barzam Palace. Don’t leave without visiting the rock art at nearby Jubbah, a spectacular open-air gallery of pre-Islamic petroglyphs with camels, Oryx, horses and other animals hewn into the red and black rock.

Tabuk

Miles of pristine white beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and captivating coral reefs make Tabuk the perfect destination for those wanting a beachside getaway or diving trip, with a side order of history. Some of the best archeological sites can be found within the hidden tombs and shrines of the Shoaib Monuments, and in the Al Daisah valley, while walking on the Al Lawz mountain – which is named after the almond trees that flourish on its slopes – will reveal petroglyphs from as far back as 10,000 BCE. Don’t miss the repurposed Ottoman fort in Al Wajh, now serving as a museum.

Jazan

Described as the pearl of the South, Jazan’s green and mountainous terrain offers a wealth of hiking trails for adventurous travelers, skirted by waterfalls and natural springs. If a post-hike tour of the city’s heritage village and Ottoman-era castle doesn’t appeal, head offshore to the Farasan Islands. An archipelago of 176 coral islands in the Red Sea, the area’s reefs, mangroves and beaches teem with life, making it a prime spot for divers and nature lovers alike.

Makkah

Rising in the west, the province of Makkah is among the brightest jewels in Saudi Arabia’s crown. From the sun-bleached streets of its primary city, the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), to Jeddah’s cosmopolitan charm, Makkah is a living celebration of the kingdom’s past and its future.

Najran

Tucked away in Saudi Arabia’s southwest is the ancient province of Najran, a region where the sands of the Empty Quarter give way to the verdant orchards of the Sarawat mountains, and where mud-brick villages vie with colorful souqs, festivals and food as multicultural as the population. Visit the Al Janabi market to pick up handcrafted souvenirs, before heading out to fossil hunt in the red-tinged sands of Al Nufud or navigate the wadis of Hima Wells.

Asir

Beckoning from the Arabian highlands, Asir is a natural wonder, blending mist-clad mountains with vast desert plains and inviting green forests. Explore its beautifully restored cultural districts; tour the sprawling national park, or be whisked above the region’s peaks in a cable car. Make time to visit the mysterious hidden hanging village of Habala, a cluster of sandstone houses carved into a sheer cliff face once accessible only by rope ladders.

Bahah

Small in size, but vast in character, Bahah’s endless expanses of green forests and panoramic mountain vistas make it a natural home for outdoor adventures, with hiking and mountain biking both popular pursuits. The region’s distinct heritage is woven into every corner, with a string of picturesque old villages and museums paying tribute to its rich past. Beyond the city, Thee Ain beckons, a 600-year-old settlement nestling at 1900m, where residents cultivate basil and lemons and sell exquisite traditional handicrafts.

Eastern Province

Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province stretches from the shallow shores of the Arabian Gulf through the verdant hills of Al Ahsa Oasis, and deep into the forbidding plains of Rub’ Al Khali, the ‘Empty Quarter’. Historically, its position at the crossroads of the great civilizations of the Levant, Mesopotamia and India made it a thriving trade hub. And while Aramco’s oil and gas activities constitute much of the region’s economic activity today, for centuries merchants used it as an in-land route, bringing frankincense, incense and other goods from ancient Yemen towards the great empires.

AlMadinah AlMunawarah

AlMadinah AlMunawarah is a province unlike any other. Home to the holy city of Madinah, the breathtaking Prophet’s Mosque and some of Islam’s most significant sites, its cultural and historical wealth is unmatched.
Away from the city, the region holds some of Saudi Arabia’s most spectacular natural wonders, stretching from the secrete tombs of Mada’in Saleh, to the white volcanoes of Harrat Bani Rashid, and the magnificent red-hued cliffs of Al Ula, all just waiting to be explored.

Northern Borders

Renowned for its archaeology and historical sites, the Northern borders are a natural gem waiting to be discovered. The region’s unspoilt and mountainous landscape is popular with hill walkers, while its fascinating archeological sites, including the Fid Trail in Zubaida, and Linah’s historical market, give visitors the chance to step back in time and explore the kingdom’s past.

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