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Like a rare and precious gem that is lost in the sands of time, Saudi Arabia is one of the most charming and elegant countries in the Middle East that has attracted a lot of adventurous travellers. Right from its brazen gold sands, charming palm encircled oasis to its mesmerizing attractions; this country leaves its visitors yearning for more.
Begin your journey at the city of Arar and experience its wonderful fertile pasturelands before you travel to the city of Tayma, where remnants of the early civilizations lie amongst the oasis. Al – Ula is the next destination, where visitors can travel to the rustic old towns before travelling to the city of Buraydah and its various attractions. Next travel to the capital city of Riyadh where the sparkling lively towns will greet you, before you travel to the city of Al Hofuf filled with beautiful oasis. Next, move to the destination of Yanbu known for its pristine sea diving locations before travelling to the lively city of Jeddah filled with charming old souqs and coral architectural structures. Travel to the holy city of Mecca also known as Makkah before journeying to the lands of roses and fruit cultivation in Taif. Finally end your journey at the lands of Abha, where the cool misty climate is contrast to the heat swathed country.
Saudi Arabia is not without its exciting and charming attractions. Comprising of ancient monuments and modern day attractions, visitors will not be left disappointed. Visitors who want to experience the enriching historical heritage of the ancient must travel to the beautiful Mada’in Saleh constituting of various kingdoms and settlements dating over two thousand centuries back. The Quba Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the world and was built by the Prophet Muhammad and his followers. Travel to the clay and mud brick fort of The Masmak, which has contributed to the kingdom’s history in the early 19th century. A must visit is the Masjid al Haram which is the largest and holiest places in the world that attracts over two million followers over the year. The Kaaba stands in the middle of this mosque where followers performing the hajj pilgrim are required to perform a ritualistic circling of this holy structure. For a more captivating experience, travel to the Green Dome, which is a green coloured dome built over the beautiful tomb of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. To experience the true modern day architectural beauty of Saudi Arabian, visitors can visit the iconic Abraj Al Bait tower which is also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower. This towering beauty is not only the world’s largest clock tower; it is also the third largest building in the world.
Like any other Middle Eastern country, Saudi Arabian cuisines encompass a distinctive taste and flavour, which is a cultural identity of the region. Most of the cuisines comprise of wheat, rice, lamb, chicken, yogurt and dates. The most common delectable cuisines found here are the Kababs, Shawarma and the Falafel, with origins from the Syrian and Egyptian dishes. Visitors who want to satisfy their sweet tooth can always try the delicious kleeja. In addition to this meal, one can wash down this meal with a traditionally brewed coffee or tea, where the flavors vary with the region.
Saudi Arabia may seem like a stringent country with several rules and regulation, but it does have its share of fun adventure sports. Desert excursions are popular amongst locals and visitors alike. Another option is scuba diving on the Red Sea Coast which is filled with iridescent corals and marine life. For a more family oriented outing, the local amusement parks are the perfect place to enjoy with your loved ones, especially with children.
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