Tourism in Saudi Arabia is very new! The first batch of tourist came for the international event of Formula E that happened on December 13th to 15th in 2018 and the next batch came in the middle of January 2019 for the Italian Supercup.
Tourism started only recently and given the large size of the country; it could be overwhelming to decide which part of the country to explore when the time is limited.
There’s also a lack of information on places to visit, things to do and ways to go around Saudi Arabia.
So I’m going to help in highlighting on must-visit Saudi Arabia cities to plan your trip in the best way possible. In the meantime, keep a lookout for the next available E Visa to Saudi Arabia. I am personally very eager to know when the next international event will happen so tourists can visit Saudi. You could subscribe to my blog to be the first to know on tourist visas!
Everyone knows and talks about Petra in Jordan as the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. However, not many know that the second biggest capital is Madain Saleh which is located in the Northern Part of Saudi Arabia. It is about 700km away from Petra. It is also the first UNESCO Heritage site in Saudi Arabia.
Tabuk is located further North of Saudi Arabia and only 100 km away from the border with Jordan (another stunning country, by the way. Check some gorgeous here). The places to visit are pretty sparse outside the city. It is possible to explore with a small car, however, having a 4×4 will be a better option and more convenient.
Umluj falls under Tabuk Region. It is about 500km South of Tabuk and 300km South West of Al Ula. There are a few active volcanoes in the area. The city was evacuated for 2 months in 2014 due to an expected explosion. Many of the volcanoes erupted millions of years ago and these volcanic materials create beautiful black sand dunes which are a must visit!
Jeddah may not have many sites to visit but what’s special and unique is the social life and culture. It is the melting pot of many cultures and walks of life. For many years, millions come from all over the world to perform pilgrimage in Makkah and a large number end up staying in the country.
Riyadh; the capital of Saudi Arabia is a bustling city and it’s the city that never sleeps.
The following are the must-visit places in Riyadh:
- Masmak Fort
- Murabba Palace
- Sky Bridge
- Red Sand Dunes
- Edge of the World
- Qassim Route – Drive along Qassim route and you will come across many mud villages. There are two popular ones which are Ushaigar and Shagra.