About Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Arabian Peninsula. The geography is diverse, with forests, grasslands, mountain ranges and deserts. Whether you want to relax at a luxury hotel, go remote desert camping, go hiking, rock climbing, scuba diving or just explore heritage sites, there is something for anyone who wants to experience nature, culture and adventure in the heart of the Middle East.
Most people know Saudi Arabia for it pilgrim cities of Mekkah and Madina, but they are off-limits to non-muslims.
Saudi is also a proud home of several heritage sites registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. One of the most famous heritage places popular among tourists is Al-Ula. It is known for its unique rock formations and packed with a lot of adventure activities to indulge in around. Other popular places to visit in Saudi are Riyadh, the capital city and also one of the most urban place in the country, Spectacular mountains and villages at Abha, The beautiful city of Jeddah, The port city Jizan and more.
The rich culture of Saudi Arabia is shaped by its Islamic heritage and its historical position as a trade centre as well as its Bedouin traditions. Although in recent years, the country has experienced a significant cultural transformation. The people of Saudi Arabia have taken their traditions, values and customs, and adapted them to the modern world we live in today, making the country more tourist friendly.
A question a lot of tourists ask before planning a trip to Saudi Arabia is what is the dress code to be followed.
Saudi Arabia is a conservative country. You are expected to dress modestly. Female tourists are no longer required to wear abayas except at religious places. Women are advised to dress in loose-fitted clothing that shows less skin, long skirts or loose trousers, high neckline tops and long sleeves.
The dress code for men is less strict. Men are supposed to cover their shoulders and Legs, so vests and shorts are a no-no for men. However, exemptions are made at private resorts and hotels.
Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia. English is widely spoken in urban regions.
Major airports in Saudi Arabia:
King Abdulaziz International Airport. (JED)
King Khaled International Airport (RUH)
King Fahd International Airport (DMM)
Top attractions and activities in Saudi Arabia:
Kingdom Centre Towers
Red Sea Mall
King Fahd's Fountain
Al Masmak Fortress
Time zone: IST-2:30 hours
Official language: Arabic. English is widely spoken.
Currency: Saudi Riyal (SAR)
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