Top 20 Attractions In The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is reputed for its assorted landscapes, rich history, vibrant culture and heritage, customary cuisines, massive deserts, and fiestas. These attractions are visited by a huge number of travelers annually. Amongst many, below mentioned are the 20 most aspired locations that must be added to your bucket list.
Holy Mosques of Makkah & Madinah
The Great Mosques located in Makkah and Madinah are amongst the most visited religious places in the world. Millions of Muslims visit these mosques to perform the pilgrimage.
Also known as the Gateway to Makkah, Al Balad is historically known for its traditional markets, narrow streets, and intricately designed houses. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Al Rahma Mosque, Jeddah
With a beautiful turquoise dome, this mosque is located on the northern coast of the city’s beachfront at the Red Sea
Masmak Fortress, Riyadh
This architectural wonder in the Old city of Riyadh was constructed in 1865 using mud & clay by Abdullah Bin Faysal and is now converted into a museum.
King Abdulaziz Historic Centre, Riadh
The Centre houses diverse museums, but the main attraction remains the National Museum of Saudi Arabia which features pre-Islamic & Islamic history.
Jabal Alfeel (The Elephant Rock)
Located in Al Ula, the elephant Rock is not only an attraction but a mystery in its formation.
Jebel Fihrayn, Edge of the World
A geological marvel in the suburb of Riyadh is a spectacular place offering astonishing panoramic views of the rocky golden desert.
Town of Diriyah, Riyadh
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is most famous for being the seat of the Al-Saud family and aesthetically constructed mud-brick houses.
Located in the Asir region, this village is attractive for its multi-storied wood & clay buildings and fortresses. The village’s heritage is preserved in the village museum.
Constructed and designed in typical Islamic architecture style, the museum depicts epochs of Islamic history and the history of Grand Kaaba.
This ancient port city beach is known as the ‘Pearl of the Red Sea,’ where you can enjoy a perfect scuba diving experience.
Located in the port of Jeddah and rising 431 feet from the ground, Jeddah Lighthouse is the tallest in the world.
Jeddah Waterfront Corniche
Stretched over 110 kilometers, Jeddah Corniche is a beautiful seafront with international hotels, restaurants, and amusement parks.
Al Qarah Caves, Al Ahsa
Also known as Judas Caves, Al Qarah Caves attract hundreds of visitors with unique mushroom-shaped rocks, narrow canyons, and high linear passages.
This mountain is 3000 meter ASL and houses adventure activities like hiking trails and cable car rides. Paragliding is also an option for adventure lovers.
An ancient castle, now a museum, was constructed in 1559; however, few believe it was constructed in 3500 BC.
The 35-kilometer aqueduct was built in 909 AD by Zubaida Bint Jafar, wife of Caliph Harun-ur-Rasheed, to provide water to pilgrims in the years of drought. Water was channeled from Hunain to Mina and Muzdalifah through this 35-kilometer canal.
This is the most iconic site for tourists for being the largest city of the Nabatean Kingdom, located in Al Ula. Large houses carved in hard rocks in the underground water system remain a mystery.
Built in the year 5,000 BC over a Phoenician temple during the reign of the Dilmun Civilization, Tarout Castle lies on the highest point of the Island in Tarout.
Kingdom Centre Tower, Riyadh
A 31-story skyscraper in Riyadh is the 5th tallest building in the Kingdom. It is a treat to shop and dine in this humungous structure.