Places To Visit in Saudi Arabia

Here are the top 5 tourist places in Saudi Arabia

1. Jeddah

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Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and a major commercial centre. It is most famous as the gateway to Mecca and Medina, the holiest cities in Islam. Located close to the Red Sea, Jeddah is a resort city and is visited for its shopping malls, restaurants and cafes.

Best Time: October to March

2. Riyadh

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Riyadh is the capital and the largest city in Saudi Arabia. It is situated in the middle of the an-Nafud desert and was formerly known as Hajr al-Yamamah. Riyadh is a blend of the medieval and the modern, where traditional souks, interesting museums and ancient architecture are located alongside hig...

Best Time: November to March

3. Madinah

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Medina is the second holiest city of Islam, after Mecca, and is visited by millions of pilgrims for Hajj or Umrah. This is the city where Prophet Muhammad lived and taught after he migrated from Mecca in 622 AD. Unlike Mecca, Medina is open to non-muslim visitors. However, they are prohibited from v...

Best Time: October to May

4. Dammam

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The capital of the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dammam is the sixth largest city in the country. A major hub of the Saudi oil industry, Dammam is the largest growing city in the entire Arab region. It is a thriving metropolis in the Arabian Gulf known for its waterfronts, beaches...

Best Time: October to March

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5. Mecca

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Mecca, or Makkah, is the holiest city in Islam and is located in the Red sea region of western Saudi Arabia about 45 miles east of Jeddah. It only allows muslims to visit as tourists or pilgrims. The city is known to be the birthplace of the founder of Islam, Prophet Mohammed. Mecca is also believed...

Best Time: November to December

FAQs on Saudi Arabia

What is the currency of Saudi Arabia?

The only currency accepted in Saudi Arabia is Saudi Riyal having denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. Credit cards are also accepted to a great establishments. It is advisable to carry enough cash with you to pay tips to taxi drivers or waiters. Sometimes, it can be difficult to cash traveler's cheque. Some shops and restaurants might refuse to accept traveler's cheque, or at some stores, you will get poor exchange rates.

What is the history of Saudi Arabia?

The long history of Saudi Arabia takes us back to the time when Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam from Mecca united the Arab tribes and led a successful campaign to spread Islam across Arabian Peninsula.The city of Mecca and Medina became the holiest cities of the Muslims in the whole world. After the death of Muhammad, the modern history of Saudi Arabia started when an Islamic reformer Al Wahhab and Saud founded the Saudi state in 1744. The Saud family faced opposition from Egypt and Ottoman Empire. After this, the modern state of Saudi Arabia was established by Abdul Al Saud. He took over the city of Riyadh and continued to win other areas. After his death in 1953, his son Saud became the King. Ruling for 11 years, he died, and many successors took over the throne. The present king of the country is King Salman.

What is unique about culture of Saudi Arabia?

Islam is the state religion of Saudi Arabia, and most of the citizens are Muslims. The law of the country restricts freedom of religion. There are people belonging to varied religions like Christians, Hindus and Buddhists but, they are allowed to practice their religion freely. Saudis believe in their values and cultures. They take their responsibility towards family seriously. Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia. Some people also use Urdu or Farsi. However, English is also widely spoken, and you will not face any communication problems.

How is Saudi Arabia divided into regions?

Saudi Arabia is divided into thirteen regions. The northwestern region which has Tabuk, Jawf and Madinah is rich in antiquities and archaeological sites. While the traditional handicrafts and unique festivals of Al Qasim and amazing forts with intricate designs and architecture in Riyadh located in central Saudi Arabia will blow away your mind. Mecca region situated in southern part of the country is the holiest city and very sacred to Muslims. Witness the beautiful mosques and people flocking in huge numbers to perform rituals in religious places.
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