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Places To Visit in Saudi Arabia

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Here are the top 4 tourist places in Saudi Arabia

1. Jeddah

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia boasts many riches - but perhaps none as breathtaking as its commercial capital city, Jeddah. It is a centre of diversity as a melting pot of different cultures highlighted by attractive and modern commercial centres. But, it is also one which places a strong focus on loc...

Best Time: October to March

2. Riyadh

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Riyadh is considered as the most straight-laced of the Saudi Arabia's big three cities. With most forms of entertainment banned, few sights of interest and a brutal climate, Riyadh is mostly a business destination. Although everyone adheres to the dress code thawb for men and abaya for women, you mi...

Best Time: November to March (Winter)

3. Madinah

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Madinah - otherwise known as Medina is another one of Saudi Arabia's beautiful desert cities - and is second only to Mecca in religious significance for the Islamic religion. The city has much to offer travelers - from religious monuments to incredible cultural traditions that really do set the city...

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 of the country. A major hub of the Saudi oil industry, Dammam is the largest growing city in the entire Arab region.

Best Time: October to March

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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