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Top 8 Places to Visit in Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes more and more tourists to explore its unique sites. It’s a great place to visit and spend a week or two (or even more).

Bursting with natural beauty, cultural heritage sites, artificial monuments, and rich, bustling urban centers, Saudi Arabia offers the tourist experience of a lifetime.

However, with so many places to visit and sights to see in Saudi Arabia, planning a trip and deciding which sites to explore can be challenging and often overwhelming. 

That is why we present our list of the top eight places to visit in Saudi Arabia. From the looming Al Qarah Mountains to the relaxing beauty of Asir and the aquatic adventures in Amla, we have it all. Let’s get right into it. 

Al-’Ula

Al-’Ula KSA

In the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia, you will find one of the world’s most stunning cities: Al-’Ula. The city contains the Kingdom’s first UNESCO heritage site, Hegra (or Madain Saleh), and offers many brilliant exploration and sightseeing opportunities.

You can explore the ancient ruins and the breathtaking canyons at the Ragsat (or Dancing) Mountains, visit more than 130 ancient tombs that have been there for thousands of years, or have a relaxing day at the date and citrus farms.

There is a reason Al-’Ula is so popular; there’s something here for everyone. 

Al Masmak Fort 

Located in Riyadh, the cultural hub of the Kingdom, the Fort is one of the country’s most historically impactful and remarkable sites.

Built-in 1865 with only clay and mud bricks, the fortress stands tall and proud in the city. It houses some of the most significant artifacts related to the Arabian aristocracy and their way of life. 

It features a mosque inside the Fort to represent the culture and the very heart of Arabian culture. Not only that, but a luxurious Diwan complete with a throne and interiors fit for royalty to showcase the cultural, religious, and social aspects of the Kingdom and its rulers.

For anyone visiting Saudi Arabia, a trip to Al Masmak is essential. You are guaranteed a breathtaking and enriching experience. 

Amla – The Arabian’ Maldives’ 

Amla - The Arabian' Maldives' 

The Saudi Province of Amlaj (previously referred to as ‘Al-Hawra’ by the locality) has much to offer regarding scenic marine adventures. From beaches with varying sand colors to pristine mountainous and sandy islands, Amlaj has it.

You can dive in the picturesque turquoise waters, explore the coral reefs, or even hire one of the local boatmen for fishing. If you’re less adventurous, you can book a tour of the area, including visiting all the available sites and snorkeling in the waters.

Amlaj’s generous hospitality is also a sight to behold. The area’s simplicity and welcoming nature increase its charms tenfold. 

However, it is worth noting that not all the sites will be available for exploration. Some are in areas under an ongoing tourist development project. 

Asir 

Asir Mountains

The southern region of Saudi Arabia offers luscious greenery, cloud-shrouded mountain tops, and a chance to reconnect with nature. Asir is a plateau in this region that receives much more rainfall than the rest of the country and region.

Named after the tribes occupying the area, it is an excellent retreat from the daily bustle of life. The fresh air, the hospitality of the locals, and the scenic beauty make it one of the most relaxing and lovely spots in the Kingdom. 

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Additionally, If you’re looking for a hike or mountaineering spot, this is also the region for you. Asir houses a lot of forest regions and mountains to hike and is famous for its hiking trails.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day or an adventure, Asir is also a place worth visiting. 

The Edge of The World

One of the most aptly named sites in Saudi Arabia lies west of the capital, Riyadh. The Edge of the World, also known as Jebel Fihrayn, is a towering plateau of sandstone surrounded by reddish plains- all that remains of an ocean bed is now dried up.

You can reach the Edge by driving a four-wheeled vehicle along the dirt roads two hours from Riyadh. 

Once up there, you can enjoy an endless view of the landscape. You can even stay until the sun sets. With the sun’s orange illuminating all the other red hues in the area, it looks like you’re standing surrounded by fire.

Looking downwards, you can see the desert stretching out for miles, camels trotting along, and even the occasional caravan. It’s an experience of a lifetime. 

Jeddah Corniche 

Jeddah Corniche 

The Jeddah Corniche is a 30 km-long coastal resort in the city of Jeddah. The Red Sea is on the Corniche, which boasts beaches, recreation facilities, and stunning civil sculptures.

It features Al-Rahmah Mosque, a floating mosque that attracts devotees and architecture enthusiasts alike. The mosque is built on underground pillars that make it seem like it is floating on water, and the view is especially beautiful on days with a high tide.

When hit by the rising tide, the white stone looks magnificent. It is breathtaking and gives an authentic feel of something floating on water. 

Another top attraction in the Corniche is King Fahad’s Fountain, which can have you staring awe-struck for hours. Named the tallest fountain in the world, it boasts a maximum water height of approximately 260 meters.

Using salt water from the Red Sea rather than freshwater, the fountain jets are visible throughout the city of Jeddah. The fountain is also illuminated using over 500 spotlights after sun