Saudi Arabia Travel Guide
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Why go?

The Birthplace and spiritual home of Islam, Saudi Arabia is as rich in attractions as it is in stirring symbolism.

Fast facts:

Official Name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Capital: Riyadh

Area: 2,149,690 Sq. Km

Population: 36,947,025

Country code: 00966

Electricity: 110 VAC and 220 VAC, European two pin plugs are the norm but three-pronged British plugs are also present.

Weights & measures: Saudi Arabia uses the metric system

UK Embassy: 00966 (0)11-4819100 Riyadh, Consulate in Jeddah:


US Embassy in Riyadh: 00966(0) 114883800

3 hours ahead of GMT/UTC

Best time to go: Oct-Feb. Perfect weather at level with clear sunny days and cool evenings.

For current exchange rate:

Shopping festivals and sporting events coincide with these cooler months.

Currency: Riyal SAR.


Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia and the primary language used in all dealings and public transactions. English serves as an informal second language in the Kingdom and is spoken by a large section of its society.


Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage and traditions have been shaped by its position as a historic trade hub and the birth place of Islam. In recent years, the Kingdom has undergone a significant cultural transformation, evolving century-old customs to fit the contemporary world we live in today.

Climate and seasons


Mid-March to Mid-June

Spring in Saudi Arabia can be brisk, particularly in the north, where the temperature at night can drop below 15 degrees C. The central and southern regions are warmer, averaging around 20 degrees after night fall. Rainfall is at its highest during spring, particularly in the central region and in the south west over the Aseer mountains. Don’t forget to pack layers-like light sweaters scarves or pashminas- plus a

rain jacket and sunglasses.


Mid-June to Mid-September

With the exception of the comparatively mild highlands in the southwest, summer signals the start of the rising temperatures across most of the country, with the average hovering around 45 degrees C. The early mornings and long evenings are more temperature, so take advantage of the warm seas to explore Saudi’s world class Scuba diving sites, or try sailing and snorkelling.

Don’t forget to pack sun cream, lip balm, sunglasses, water shoes, and a hat to protect your face.


Autumn brings gentler weather and cool breezes in both Saudi Arabia’s northern region and the south western highlands. While daytime temperatures remain warm and can reach the 30’s in early fall, evenings are milder and fit for outdoor strolling, especially along cool desert springs.

Don’t forget to pack your walking shoes and sweater for air conditioned buildings and cooler evenings.


Take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s beautiful winter weather to explore the Kingdom. The balmy days and cool nights are ideal for camping, rock climbing or exploring Saudi Arabia’s verdant highlands and bustling cities, from Riyadh to Jeddah. Average winter temperatures are in the teens but visitors might be lucky enough to see snowfall and desert sands.

Don’t forget to pack a heavy jacket or coat as well as location as Saudi Winters can be dry.

Alcohol & substances

The sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol and drugs is illegal in Saudi Arabia.


The Saudi Ministryof Health has a dedicated mobile App, Mawid which offers current health care recommendations, as well as a hotline available at 937.

Essential websites

includes helpful addresses

This is the gateway to the Arab world with links to dozens of news services, country profiles, travel services and maps.

Useful Saudi-run online encyclopaedia of the Arab world, collecting news and articles, and links to further resources, organised by the country.

General introduction to Sharia and common law

Listings of Gulf cooperation council labour laws.

Essential food and drink

Mezze; Truly one of the joys of Arab world cooking and similar in conception to Spanish Tapas, with infinite possibilities.

Fuul: Mashed Fava beans served with olive oil and often eaten for breakfast.

Shawarma: Ubiquitous kebab- or souvlaki style pita sandwich stuffed with meat.

Baby Camel: Among the tenderness of Saudi meats it’s a particular speciality of Jeddah and the Hejaz.

Red Sea seafood: Fresh and varied and at its best when slow cooked over coals or baked in the oven, try samak mashwi (fish basted in a date puree and barbecued over hot coals).

Khouzi: A bedouin dish of lamb stuffed with rice, nuts, onions, sultanas, spices, eggs, and a whole chicken.

Offices working hours;

0800 to 1800 (or less commonly) 0700 -1900 with a long break. By law the working hours’ week is 48 hours’ maximum and in the month of fasting in Ramadhan 30 hours per week.


Taking a Siesta: If the job allows follow local practice by eating your main meal at lunch time and taking a nap in the heat of the day. Drink plenty of water so you don’t become dehydrated. Wear cotton clothing, wear a hat and sunglasses.

Breaking the law in the Arabian Peninsula can have a severe consequence for westerners. Do not take photograph without permission. This is the case when photographing people, particularly women. You should also avoid military or strategic (such as airport and bus stop).

Greetings: shake hands readily with men but wait for an Arab woman to proffer her hand first. Don’t be surprised if people touch their heart after a greeting (as in Saudi) kisses on the cheek are exchanged between men (as in the gulf states).

Don’t enter a mosque during prayer times unless you are a Muslim. Don’t extend your feet in front of you while sitting: tuck them underneath in a slouched kneeling position.

Carry cash: Whether it’s for unexpected stops in rural villages or snack stops at road side stalls, carry enough cash to see you through between ATM visits and in case of emergencies.

Credit cards are accepted everywhere and ATMS are available easily.


Police; Makkah, Riyadh and eastern province; 911

All other provinces of the Kingdom; 999

Ambulance; 997

Civil Defence; 998

Highway Petrol/ Road Security; 996

Border Guard; 994

For traffic accident; 993

Tourism call centre; 930, International call; 00966 92 0000 890

Najm company; 92 0000 560

General Directorate of Passports; 992

Municipal Services; 940

Electricity company emergency; 933

Ministry of Transport emergency; 938

Ministry of Commerce consumer call centre; 1900

Ministry of Hajj and Umra customer service; 00966 92 000 2814

Consumer protection; 935

Saudi Public Security; 989

General Enquiries; 905

Emergency medical consultation; 937

General Directorate of Narcotics control; 995

Coast Guard; 994

Natural Disasters: 966


Airlines; Saudi, Flynas, Flyadeal, Riyadh Air is starting in 2024.


King Khalid International Airport. (RUH) Riyadh

King Abdulaziz International Airport. (JED) Jeddah

King Fahd International Airport. (DMM) Dammam

Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport.  (MED) Medina.

Regional Airports:

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Airport (TUU) TABUK

AJF – Aljawf

HAS- Hail

Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Airport. (ELQ) Qassim

Prince Abdulmohsin Bin Abdulaziz Airport. (YNB) Yanbu

HOF- Al Ahsa

TIF- Taif

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Airport. (GIZ) Jazan

AHB- Abha

Domestic Airport codes

URY- Gurayat

TUI- Turaif

RAE- Arar

NUM- Neom Bay Airport

RAH- Rafha

Prince Abdulmajeed Bin Abdulaziz Airport- (ULH) Al Ula

AQI- Al Qaisumah

DWD- Dawadmi

DHA- Dhahran

King Abdulaziz Airport- (ABT) Al Baha

WAE- Wadi Al Dawasir

BHH- Bisha

EAM- Najran

SHW- Sharura

Car rentals

Hiring a car is an efficient and cost effective way to explore Saudi Arabia and visit the country’s many tourist attractions. Cars can be rented at airports, or in most cities, making it easy to get out and explore. In case of any issue or any problem don’t hesitate to call 938.

Train routes

Riyadh Dammam Line

It connects the Eastern Region and passes through the following stations: Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf and Riyadh.

The North Train

The North Train connects Riyadh to the north of Saudi Arabia and serves the following stations: Riyadh, Al Majmaah, Qassim, Hail and Al Jouf.

Haramain Railway

The Haramain high speed Railway is the latest and fastest train in the Middle East operating between the Holy sites of Makkah and Medina in western Saudi Arabia. It serves the following stations: Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdullah Economic City and Medina.

Road Trip Guide

Getting started:  Map your Route:

Top of the list is choosing your trip. Whether you’re planning to head south down the Red Sea coast or to cruise between cities, you’ll want a rough schedule to your days. Plan your route where you’ll sleep each night and anchor any sights – think famous landmarks or must see spots.


Riyadh is the Capital of Saudi Arabia.

National Museum:

King Saud road, 0900-noon. Sun, Mon, Thu & 3:30 pm -9.30 pm Tue.

Women and Schools 9am –noon Tue, Families: 3:30 pm- 9:30 pm. Sun, Môn, and Wed-Friday.

This state of the art museum is one of the finest in the middle East. Encased within modernist arch, its two floors contain eight well designed and informative galleries covering Arabian history, culture and art. The galleries beautifully display evocative rock carvings, 180 degree screens complement the exhibits, as do virtual visits to sites and other excellent interactive displays.

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Motorbike ride adventure with captian saud

Join in one of Riyadh’s most exciting motorbike adventures on this exceptional ride with sand experience Captain Saud and his friends are professional motorbike riders and will be your captains for the day. Female riders can also get to ride with female Captains on this all-inclusive riding adventure.

Sala lasertag – park avenue

Join a new fun experience, unleash your inner warrior and challenge your friends to a laser battle at SalaLaser Tag. Enter an interactive arena full of thrills and live action fun in a high-tech laser Tag adventure. Earn the highest amount of points in the battle.

Novotel suites Riyadh dyar

Novotel Suites Riyadh Dyar is located between the business and shopping districts of Riyadh and has been designed for all guests who wish to spend holidays and business. This comfortable 4-star hotel is within walking distance of many major attractions such as Kingdom Tower.

Kingdom centre

The Kingdom Tower in Riyadh is the most prominent and famous building in the city. It is also one of the tallest Towers in the country with a length of 300 meters and a total area of 300,000 Sq. meters.

Souq al zel

Souq Al Zel and Al Mashaleh is very famous and attracts large numbers of tourists, as it is oldest traditional market in Riyadh and includes in its historical alleys a large number of shops selling traditional men’s and women’s clothing and the traditional shoe making by hand.

Thumairi gold market

Thumairi Gold Market is one of the most prominent historical markets in the capital, Riyadh. It is a heritage market that includes many goods and merchandise, including traditional handicrafts and antiques. It is located in the centre of Riyadh. It also contains many gold shops that are popular with the residents of the region for its unique designs.

The line exhibition

Following the announcement by His Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman, crown prince and chairman of the NEOM Company Board of Directors in the city of the future. You now have the chance to see how it will look for yourself. The Line experience will be hosted at The Dirayah Biennale Foundation- Jax district from the 6th Nov 2022. During your visit, you’ll experience detailed designs, architectural models and informative films explaining the project in all its glory.

Tickets are free for all ages 5 years and above. Visiting hours will be from – Sun to Thursday: 11am to 9 pm. Friday 3 pm to 11 pm. Sat 11 am to 9 pm.

King fahd cultural centre

It includes a massive library that houses many rare books and manuscripts, as well as exhibition halls and art galleries.



To explore the history of the Arabian horse and its relationship with Princes and Knights throughout history, go to the museum of Arabian Horses and learn about the purebred Arabian Horse breeds and passports of horses that had a long history in wars, daily life, sports and travel.

Heet cave

Located about 50 km from Riyadh, Heet Cave, Ein Heet or Dohl Heet is a natural cave popular among tourists worldwide. It is present on the Alkharj Road and is famous for lime stone rocks and water reservoir that attracts adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.

Riyadh farm experience 1

A countryside experience in Riyadh is a wonderful experience to enjoy to enjoy the breath-taking nature and the peacefulness away from the city’s hustle and bustle. This adventure includes visiting tree farms, green gardens and beautiful parks in the countryside.

This adventure allows you to enjoy the serene and charming countryside atmosphere, learn about the life of people in the countryside and experience activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, in nature.

It is fun and refreshing experience that allows you to escape the noise of the city and relax in the great outdoors under the shade of green trees. You can also enjoy the stunning natural scenery and capture great photos.


Hira cultural district

Hira cultural district is one of the most important tourist attractions in Makkah. It is located next to the famous Jabal Al Noor. It gives your experience a historical and cultural background in an interesting way. It contains exhibitions, museums and various facilities that include the identity and history of the region.


Entertainment options in Jeddah are endless for everyone. Alongside playing, local and international exhibitions await to open new doors of perspective to Jeddah visitors. Enjoy going on shopping sprees, and sitting at tables rich in flavours from around the world.

Jeddah corniche

The world’s tallest fountain is here.

It’s worth a visit at sun setting behind King Fahd Fountain or waiting until you can combine the last sunset colours with the lit-up Mamluk Mosque Lamps on Al Andalus street.


This is no doubt the place everybody adores, a place that instantly and seamlessly delights and revitalizes your heart. It is precisely where visitors fall deeply captive in Jeddah. Strap on your shoes and come explore one of the latest waterfronts in the world. It is also known as the Jeddah corniche, is one of the city’s biggest attractions: spanning the coastline, the Corniche features beaches, parks, play areas for kids, dancing fountains and dedicated sports and fishing areas.

Al rahma mosque in Jeddah (aka the floating mosque).

Nicknamed the Floating Mosque, Al Rahma is uniquely perched atop a stack of white concrete stilts on the Red Sea, the first mosque in the world to be built over water. As the gateway to Makkah and Medina, Jeddah is often where Muslims begin their pilgrimage journeys, making the Floating Mosque a common stop before undertaking Hajj or Umrah. The Mosque is constructed from gleaming white marble, and inside, a giant turquoise dome is ringed with 56 colourful windows and encircled with Quranic verses written in swirling Arabic script. The mihrab, decorated with intricate tiles, the floating Mosque is not stuck in the past: The light and sound system is state of the art. Open 24 hours daily. The Mosque is open to non-Muslims outside of prayer times. Primetime time to visit is sunrise and sunset.


Boulevard is the premium luxury destination of choice in Jeddah that houses the finest selection of many high end renowned international brands. A luxurious district for those seeking exclusive fashion elite brands and a stylish outdoor venue refined by nature, exotic by choice, combining the latest in luxury amenities: Boulevard provides an international high end retail collection for ladies, men and kids boasting 36 boutiques including the Flagships: Amani, Gucci and Prada signatures.


Named after the famous volcano in Naples, Le Vesuvio is an Italian dining experience centring itself around authentic and high-quality ingredients that work to celebrate Northern Italian cooking techniques and traditions. 2pm-1 am.

Jeddah yacht club

At Bride of the Red Sea, new adventures and amazing explorations never end. That’s why the Yacht club, which covers an area of 122,000 Sq. meters, is designed to receive international boats over 120 meters in length.

Fire boat

It is speed jet boat that works on the element of fun excitement and raises the level of adrenaline of the passengers during the ride the passenger enjoys the speed while riding the waves of the seas with the boat making a 360-degree rotation and a quick dive into the water.


The beaches of (KAEC) Jeddah are distinguished by their charming beauty, clear blue water and soft white sands. The beaches are famous for a wide range of water activities such as surfing, water skiing, diving, fishing and boating. Visitors can also enjoy the tropical atmosphere and warm sun on the beautiful beaches and stunning natural scenery.

The beaches of King Abdullah City in Jeddah offer many different facilities and services such as chairs and umbrella rentals, public baths, restaurants and cafes. Areas are designated for Bar B Que and camping, rental services for water equipment. The beach attracts many visitors who are looking for relaxation, recreation and fun.

Al Jazeera equestrian centre

Learn horseback riding

Al Jazeera Equestrian Centre in Jeddah is considered one of the largest centres in Saudi Arabia for training horse-riding and boarding. It is located on an area of forty-three thousand Sq. meters.


The Le Plege Beach & Resort offers many exciting things to do like Scuba diving to sunsets, hookah to sunbathing, snorkelling to seaside and pleasant beach life.

Norcissus resort

This property is one-minute walk from the beach situated in Jeddah 31 km from red sea mall. Narcissus Obhur Resort & Spa provides air-conditioned villas with free Wi-Fi.

Indigo resort

Nestled in the heavenly sands of the Red Sea, the Indigo Beach Resort is another favourite getaway in Jeddah. Indigo features a luxurious private beach for guests Spa, infinity pools, waterfalls, boating, arcades and water sports.

Cyan waterpark

Cyan Waterpark is a fully-fledged waterpark that offers a variety of rides and water attractions for all ages.

Midan_x paintball

Enjoy the thrills with your friends in Midan_x Paintball.


It is a factory designated for making the Kiswa of the Holy Kaba, which is made from natural silk embroided with wires painted with gold. Learn about the stages of making Kiswa which involves great efforts by 200 professionals.

Al balad

Do not miss the opportunity to wander among the alleys of the beautiful past in Al Balad, in historical Jeddah, registered in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST.

al shallal theme park

Jeddah is known for its likely ambience and its joyfulness is reflected in the amusement and theme parks. It is 2 km from new Jeddah Corniche, Al Shallal Theme Park and Fakieh Aquarium.  It is 10 km from centre of Jeddah and has been open since 2002.

Ice Skating: every day from 5pm-1.30 am

Arcade Games: Every day 5pm-1.30 am.

Ladies night

Timings; Every Wed from 5 pm to 1.30 am


Al Dayah stands for village. It is a place where a group of people gather and settle to create a community. A typical village population ranges between hundred to thousands. We brought Lebanese Dhaya

to Saudi Arabia to experience the traditional Lebanese food in Al Dhaya restaurant in Al Shallal theme park.

Fakieh aquarium

Fakieh Aquarium’s shark and Penguins

Contact: 00966 12 6066144 /

Tel; 00966 55 3364863

P o box 118985, Jeddah 21312

The Aquarium opens Sat-Thu 10 am -11pm. Fri: 0130 pm -11 pm.

Fakieh Aquarium is the only aquarium for the public use in Saudi Arabia and offers education and entertainment by presenting the wonders of the underwater environment of the Red Sea and marvels brought from other Seas and Oceans around the world. Sea dragon to be added this year among other species around 200 of them including sharks etc.

Dolphin Show

Show 1; 0700 pm Thursday and Friday

Show 2; 0900 pm

No show on Sunday.

Book through above website.

Families can enjoy the amazing Dolphin and Sea Lion show, and later on this year they will have the opportunity to swim with the Dolphins.

You can also enjoy dinner in their themed Miami Beach Style Restaurant. Get 10% discount in this restaurant (Blue Ocean Restaurant) when you book on

In its neighbourhood try Fakieh Planetarium and Al Shallal Theme Park.


ShowDuration Price 
Zula Patrol30 minsSr 29
Beyond the Sun30 minsSr 29
Oasis in Space30 minsSr 29
Experience the Aurora30 minsSr 29
Astronaut30 minsSr 29


Fakieh Planetarium is an exciting, unique new destination where you are taken on an educational journey through the Universe.

Look up at the night sky at the constellations and stars. Travel to planets in our solar system, and see them in close up detail. Visit galaxies far across the Universe. Look closely at planet Earth from space. Even look down on where you are right here in Jeddah.

Learn how astronauts are trained, see them working and living in space. See the planets and our sun in stunning close up detail. Discover the powerhouses of the Universe – Stars, find out how they are created. Learn about the science and technology of space travel and of space itself.

All of this and more is possible at Fakieh Planetarium.

Using a 14m spherical full dome screen that completely surrounds you, and the latest digital technology to immerse you in stunning 4K high resolution video and awesome 7.2 surround sound audio you are transported to places you can only imagine, and some you cannot.

Start your journey at the Space Port, have a photo taken of you in space or on Mars. See the giant 7m model of the moon. Ride to our interstellar space ship, look out into space. Then journey across the Universe.

Fakieh Planetarium is an planet Earth from space. Even look down on where you are right here in Jeddah.

Look up at the night sky at the constellations and stars. Travel to planets in our solar system, Astronomy is study of celestial objects (such as stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets and nebulae); the physics, chemistry, and evolution of such objects; and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth, including supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic microwave background radiation.

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. The early civilizations in recorded history, such as the Babylonians, Greeks, Indians, Egyptians, Nubians, Iranians, Chinese, and Maya performed methodical observations of the night sky. However, the invention of the telescope was required before astronomy was able to develop into a modern science.

Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can play an active role, especially in the discovery and observation of one off events and amateur astronomers have made many important astronomical discoveries.

Source: Wikipedia

Fakieh Planetarium is an exciting, unique new destination where you are taken on an educational journey through the Universe. Look up at the night sky at the constellations and stars. Travel to planets in our solar system, and see them in close up detail. Visit galaxies for across the universe. Look closely at the planet Earth from space. Even look down on where you are right here in Jeddah.

eFakieh Planetarium is an exciting, unique new destination where you are taken on an educational journey through the Universe.

Look up at the night sky at the constellations and stars. Travel to planets in our solar system, and see them in close up detail. Visit galaxies far across the Universe. Look closely at planet Earth from space. Even look down on where you are right here in Jeddah.

up detail. Visit galaxies far across the Universe. Look closely at planet Earth from space. Even lThe red sea & facts

The Red Sea or what is sometimes called the Erythraen Sea, is a sea water in let of the Indian ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden. In the north there is the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal). The Red Sea is a Global 200 ecoregion. The Sea is underlain by the Red Sea Rift which is part of the Great Rift Valley.

Length: 1900 km

Maximum width: 306-354 km Massawa (ERITERIA)

Minimum width: 26-29 km Strait Bab el Mandab (Yemen)

Average width: 280 km

Average depth: 2850 m

Total surface area: 438×103-450 x103 km2

Volume: 215×103-251×103 km3

Gulf of Suez is a 300 km long, 50 km wide with depths ranging between 50-75 m.

Gulf of Aqaba is 180 km long and 25 km wide, narrow in the north and widening to the south with maximum depths of 1850 meters.

However, there are also extensive shallow slaves, noted for their marine life and carrels. The sea is the habitat of over 1000 in vertebrate species, and 200 soft and hard corals. It is the world’s north most tropical sea.

In 1869, the completion of the Suez Canal by a French company linked Egypt’s Mediterranean and Red Sea Coasts and made the country a strategic crossroads. British troops occupied the country in 1882 and it was more or less a British Colony until resuming its independence in 1922.


The comedy club

The Comedy Club in Jeddah is a destination for laughter and entertainment in a fun atmosphere with improvised comedy stars.

Abdul raouf Khalil museum

This Museum was founded by Abdul Raouf Khalil in 1996, it not only presents the rich Islamic cultural heritage of the city but also its pre-Islamic history that goes back to 2500 years, it traces the various civilizations that inhabited the region. Located in the downtown district, it boasts of large collection of items and artefacts.

Park hyatt hotel

Start your luxury experiences with a direct view of Red Sea at Park Hyatt Jeddah.

Sheraton jeddah

Located 600 meters from the waterfront in Jeddah.

Movenpick hotel

The Movenpick Hotel Jeddah is ideally located opposite the Ministry of Interior on Madinah Road, close to consulates, ministries, and hospitals. It is adjacent to Mossadia Plaza Shopping area and City shopping centre.

Movenpick resort alnawras jeddah

The place to savour life

Movenpick Resort Alnawras appears as an island that stands on gleaming waters due to the reflecting sunlight by day and by the moonlight at night. Each residential villa has a private garden and private pool, with total privacy, as well as prime view of the Red Sea.

We believe in indulgence done right at Movenpick Jeddah Al Nawras, treating our guests to a multi-cultural dining experience with deliciously fresh cuisine, abundant treats and flavours that are unmistakably Movenpick.


Indulge in exquisite Swiss dishes (chocolate hour) like you’ve never tasted before, while overlooking the Red Sea in an elegant and refined ambience during your stay with us.


Enjoy the good life at Movenpick Jeddah Al Nawras

From family pool days in your private plunge pool to, immersive cultural experiences, we invite you to take it all in at our 5-star hotel in Jeddah.

Location: P.O. Box 14018, North Corniche road, Beside AlNawras Sq.

Jeddah 21424, Saudi Arabia. 00966 12 6 555550.


This resort offers a multi-cultural dining experience, Seafood with oriental flavours, served at Al Wadaa Restaurant. The trendy Al Wadaa terrace restaurant serves a selection of favourite Arabic dishes, grills, and sweet treats. Guests are welcome to check-in at Movenpick Resort AlNawras from 4pm and checkout by 2 pm. It costs 2250 SAR for studio and 4250 SAR for villas. They offer airport pickup @100 SAR for a limousine per way for four people. The dress code is Abaya for women. Formal suite for men non-Saudi. Guests can choose to stay in studio and deluxe rooms and studio and deluxe villas. Non-refundable cancellation policy at this hotel.

King Abdullah economic city

Journey to King Abdullah Economic City and discover its wonders.

Step into a world of luxury, innovation and recreation with a visit to KAEC.


It is located in King Abdullah Economic city. It is an ideal destination to enjoy a time full of fun and excitement with family and friends. It provides a race track of up to 700 meters in length, distinctive turns and a circuit that meets International safety standards, which guarantees the safety of everyone who wishes to try it.


D-Bob Tours offers guided safaris on quad motorbikes and desert cars for about an hour, in a fun and exciting experience accompanied by friends or family.


BayLa sun Hotel and Marina are located in KAEC. Its within walking distance of Al Yam Beach. It offers views of the Red Sea, the natural lake and the mangrove forests. The air-conditioned rooms feature modern and elegant décor and offers sea or lake views:

All rooms have a minibar, flat-screen TV and electric kettle. The suites also have a living room, and free toiletries.

King Abdullah university of science and technology is 19 km from the hotel and King Abdulaziz Airport is 82 km away. Free parking is available.


Nice golden sands.


Albaik Restaurant is one of the most famous restaurants in Saudi Arabia, which offers fast food of various kinds. Albaik Restaurant is a broasted chicken and fast food restaurant. It also has a place for families and individuals.


The famous steak House serves best and most delicious American cuisine prepared to perfection by professional chefs.


Veranda Lounge features a very large menu of popular dishes and grilled dishes, as well as desserts, hot and cold drinks. The restaurant is characterised by elegant decorations, comfortable seating, good service, very nice staff and wonderful calm atmosphere.


At BayLa sun Hotel and Marina offers an experience of international flavours in special designed menus for its guests. It is characterized by calmness and sophistication.


Badr battle site

The Battle of Badr took place in the Badr region, in the southwest of Madinah and the site of the battle still includes many archaeological artefacts.

Eco tourism in saudi arabia on the rise

Saudi Arabia, once synonymous with oil, is now charting a new path toward a sustainable future through a series of remarkable eco-tourism efforts. At the heart of the transformation is vision 2030: an ambitious plan to decrease the country’s oil dependence in part by increasing tourism to account for 10 percent of Saudi’s gross domestic product by 2030, up from 3 percent today. The vision outlines a plan for heightened sustainability efforts nationwide, from large-scale “giga-project” developments to a massive tree-planting campaign.

The red sea project

The luxury tourism development project spans an archipelago of 90 Islands on Saudi’s coast and the shores of the Tabuk province. The giga-project, announced in 2017, is meant to attract international tourism to these unspoiled Islands, create up to 70,000 jobs, and protect the eco system on the Red Sea Coastline.

Red sea project timeline

Phase 1, which includes developing 5 Islands and two inland locations with 16 hotels offering about 3,000 rooms, is due to be completed and welcoming guests in 2024, with the entire project slated to be finished by 2030.

The neom project

The word NEOM translates to “new future”, and that’s exactly what this sprawling project in the Tabuk region aims to achieve, and in a sustainable fashion. A centre piece of Vision 2030 led by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Board of directors of NEOM, this innovation hub-meets-living laboratory is another one of Saudi’s giga-projects. It will include smart towns and cities, research areas, enterprise zones, and entertainment spots. The project’s mission is to attract more than 1 million residents as well as tourists from around the world. In NEOM they address the greatest challenges facing humanity, by attracting elite minds and the best talents around the world, to build a committed society. We are facing a mission to redefine the future now, so the investment doors are open today in NEOM.


The research and planning phases are underway with the bulk of construction planned to take place over the next 7 years.


NEOM city is located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia and is known for its unique location on the Red Sea. The city boasts beautiful sandy beaches with clear blue waters that offer great opportunities for Kayaking, diving and swimming. The climate in Neom is moderate throughout the year, with average temperatures in the summer and cooler temperatures in the winter. This makes it an ideal destination for outdoor activities and sports such as diving, water skiing, camping and hiking.

The natural landscape surrounding Neom includes mountains, deserts, beaches and wetlands making it a comprehensive destination. The mountains offer breath-taking views and beautiful sculpted terrain providing opportunity for hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. The deserts have vast sandy terrains and beautiful scenery, providing opportunity for sand skiing, camping in the wilderness and safari trips. Furthermore, Neom city includes many wetlands and parks providing opportunity to enjoy nature and relax. The sandy beaches offer kayaking, diving, swimming and surfing opportunities with beautiful views of the Red Sea and its rich marine and plant life. The city also offers a variety of entertainment and tourist facilities such as luxury resorts, fine dining restaurant and modern shopping areas, making it an ideal destination for vacation and holidays.

Future valley trail

Neom and al louz mountain- 3 days’ trip

Al ula


Arch Mountain, also known as ‘Maqratt al-dapous’, is distinguished by its bridge-shaped structure, which resembles a rainbow surrounded by two clouds, which is a rare sight indeed.

Elephant rock

Elephant Rock is one of the geological wonders in Al Ula desert. It is a huge rock 50 meters above the ground and is characterized by its unique shape that resembles a huge Elephant.

Shaden resort

Located in Al Ula, Shaden Resort has accommodations with mountain views, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, a shared lounge and a garden. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. All units come with a seating area, a flat screen TV, with satellite channels.

Al usood cemetery

Al Usood cemetery is a group of ancient tombs carved on its façade with a drawing of four lions about 25 km south of Madain Saleh. Its history dates back to the fifth century BC, i.e. in the first period of the Dadan Kingdom, which ruled the region at that period.


This archaeological site in Ula, halfway between Petra (in modern Jordan) and Makkah, where the ancient Nabataens  once ruled, features large boulders that rise out of the desert landscape, as well as 131 well-preserved tombs with intricate etchings that there have been carved into the surrounding rocks. In 2008, Hegra became Saudi’s first UNESCO world Heritage Site.

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If you can only visit one place in Saudi Arabia, make it Madain Saleh. The cross roads of ancient civilisations, pilgrims, explorers, trade caravans and armies find its most remarkable expression in the elaborate stone carved tombs of the Nabataen. Although the tombs are less spectacular than the misnamed Treasury at the better known Petra in Jordan. The setting of sweeping sand and remarkable rock formations is unique and unsurpassed. 0900 to 1800 Sat-Thu 1400 to 1800 Fri, is home to 131 tombs.


Heading south from Maqna or Wadi al Bisah, make a stop in Duba, the port city that local refer to as the pearl of the Red Sea. Regular ferries sail to and from Egypt and Jordan. Divers head to the Sandy, coral-fringed island of Al-Numan. The city is known for its sea food, so try it first-hand at restaurants including Al Mina and Al Seajan, the latter with seats looking over the harbour.


Each year, 800 tons of honey come from 125,000 beehives in Al Baha, in southwest Saudi Arabia. Al Baha’s varied trees and flowers make it an ideal spot for beekeeping. Enjoy the region’s annual Honey Festival in July, or pick up honey to bring home as a gift or souvenir.

Red sand dunes

Visiting the Red Sand Dunes is an adventure full of beauty, excitement and suspense’s as it enjoys enchanting natural beauty that catches the eye and is ideal for taking unparalleled souvenir photos.  Outdoor activities are sand boarding, desert biking etc.

Al ahsa

western province

Coral Al Ahsa Hotel

Coral Al Ahsa hotel is located in Hofuf and in the centre of Al Ahsa city. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area for our convenience. A kettle is provided in the room and free Wi-Fi.

Ayn najm

One of the famous springs of water in Al Ahsa, distinguished by its sulphur water, which people frequent for treatment of some diseases, and it represents a model for natural steam baths. It was a station for pilgrims’ convoys, and it is also one of the sites that witnessed the pledge of allegiance of the people of Al Ahsa to the imams of the Saudi state, and its building was characterized by domes.

Two-day trip to al ahsa oasis

Al Ahsa is the home of successive civilizations

An oasis of palm trees, rich sources of water and energy and human culture. Visiting Al Ahsa is a rich tourist trip that touches the most beautiful memories.

The view hotel

The View Hotel is located in Al Ahsa, close to Ayn Najm Park, which is one of the most famous hot springs in Al Ahsa with Sulphur Water used for treatment. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. The hotel offers full views of Al Ahsa and Mount Baghnimah. Accommodation will provide you with a flat screen TV, and satellite channels and central heating.

Summer vip adventure

Visit al ward farm and more

Summer-adventure with Kashtah experience. Get a chance to savoury tasty indigenous fruits and local cuisines made using the Al Hasawi signature cooking style.


Receiving of guests 1:00 pm: Head to the farm and enjoy the cozy agricultural atmosphere, palm trees, and swimming. Then experience the taste of popular Al-Hasawi cooking for lunch, distribution of Al-Mashmoom Knots and Al-Hasawi lemons. 6:00 pm visit Mount Al-Qurrah and enjoy the breath-taking views of the caves and perhaps take a souvenir photo of the trip. 8:00 pm: Explore the Al-Qaysaria Market.  9:00 pm: The end of the trip.

840 SAR with 20% discount price includes a tour guide, meals, transportation and entry fees to the touristic attraction sites. Its 9-hour trip.


Amore’s is one of the restaurants specializing an Italian food. The varied dishes include sea food. Various types of Pasta and pastries as well as grills.

muvi cinemas

Muvi cinemas in Al Ahsa Mall is one of the main malls in the eastern region.

Al Tayyar dates – al ahsa

Al Tayyar dates, a factory housed in Al jafir, is an open to the public and offers a vast array of date and nut combinations that you can try before you buy. A new store has also opened in Al Hofuf.


For an authentic dining experience, head to Dar Al Basmah, and indulge in traditional Saudi Cuisine with our modern touch or to Al Koot Heritage Hotel where local women cook family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. For an after-dinner coffee head to Wacafe   Café’, its date and saffron lattes are a must. And if you have room, try the Hasawi bread with dates and cardamom.

Spend the night in a castle

Al Ahsa is well stocked with hotels. The boutique Al Koot Heritage Hotel combines elegant architecture with a cluster of comfortable rooms and authentic local touches. For 5-star luxury, try the Al Ahsa Intercontinental, which offers beautifully furnished rooms in a building shaped to look like a 16th-century castle.

Rijal almaa village

This place takes you on a journey to the distant past where heritage building, is similar to old Sanaa, capital of Yemen. With details associated with human culture, space and rare exhibits dating back hundreds of years.

Honey cottage

A country cottage decorated with a windmill with a rooftop in Rijal Almaa overlooking an extended landscape and embracing an activity to display and sell local honey.

Mountain cable car

Mountain cable car is the main attraction in Abha.

Durrat china restaurants

Durrat China Restaurant serves the ancient Chinese taste and are the best ambassador of Chinese food in Saudi Arabia.


For spicy food lovers, especially Indian taste, Maharani takes you in an international experience towards an elegant Indian meal like Biryani and meat in a modern way.


It is famous Lebanese Restaurant.

Raj indian restaurant

Another authentic Indian restaurant in Abha.


Coffee beans farmlands

Coffee farms are famous for the abundant of the Khawlani Coffee tree, which lives in the mountainous terrain in the Jazan region and produces Arabica Coffee, which is considered one of the finest types

according to analysis of the specialized international quality laboratories for several reasons, the most important of which is the cultivation and the mountainous soil is rich in the necessary nutrients that give it a distinctive flavour and an authentic and unforgettable taste.

Fayfa mountains

The Fayfa Mountains in the south west of Saudi Arabia form a series of tall evergreen mountains with a magnificent view about 110 km from the heart of Jazan and seven thousand feet above sea leavel.

Prepared and compiled by:

M.Raza Jaffer

Alavi Tours / Alavi Travel

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