Why Saudi Arabia is Worth Visiting



Here are the top places to visit and things to do in Saudi Arabia


Madain Saleh    

Madain Saleh is a large archaeological site in Saudi Arabia. UNESCO proclaimed Mada'in Saleh as a site of patrimony in 2008, for its well-preserved remains from late antiquity, especially the 131 rock-cut monumental tombs, with their elaborately ornamented façades, of the Nabatean kingdom, becoming Saudi Arabia's first World Heritage Site. Check out a restored Hijaz Railway station can be found on the northern side of the city.

Riyadh

Riyadh is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is one of the richest cities in the Middle East and the 80th richest city in the world. Once a small walled city, Riyadh has developed into a dynamic metropolis over the years. Along with the urban areas of Dhahran, Dammam, Khobar and Jeddah, Riyadh has become a focal point for both travel and trade. It is popular to travellers because of the Masmak Fortress, The heart of old Riyadh, this was the fortress stormed by King Abdul Aziz and his men in their daring reconquest of Riyadh in 1902. Renovated in 2008 to an inch of its life, the mud brick structure now looks like it was built yesterday, but the museum inside does a pretty good job of recounting the story of the raid and has some fascinating photos of old Riyadh as well.

Abha

Abha is the capital of Asir province in Saudi Arabia. It gets heavy rain sometimes, its neighbouring villages and rural areas are sometimes the witnesses of flash-floods during the winter. The cooler weather, comparatively to the rest of the peninsula, makes it an attraction point during the summer. Favourite destination by travellers is the Mt Sooda and Turkish Fort.

Jeddah

Jeddah is a city located on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. Excavations in the old city suggest that Jeddah was founded as a fishing hamlet in 500 BC by the Yemeni Quda'a tribe (بني قضاعة), who left central Yemen to settle in Makkah after the destruction of the Marib Dam in Yemen.

Dhahran              

Dhahran is a city located in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, and is a major administrative center for the Saudi oil industry. During WW II on 19 October 1940 Dhahran was struck by Italian Royal Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) as a part of Bombing of Bahrain, causing little damage. In 1950 Dhahran had a population of about 7,000 people.
               
Mecca

Mecca is another city in Saudi Arabia and is considered to be the holiest city in Islam. Just like other cities in the Middle East Mecca also got involved in the spice trade. During that time Mecca also got conquered by other kingdoms and empire such as the Quraysh and the Byzantine. Today, Mecca is still famous for its religion and its importance in the Islam world. An example of an important site here is the Kaaba a sacred mosque said to be built by Abraham and his son Ishmael. Too bad only Muslims are allowed to get in.

               
Medina               

Medina is a beautiful city in the Hejaz region in Saudi Arabia. Its history includes the arrival of the Jews and the occupation of the Persian Empire. Same with Mecca, this city is restricted to Muslims only, good thing is they know how to share pictures.             
               
Taif

Also from western Saudi Arabia, Taif used to be a summer capital due to its cooler environment. The Royal Family used to go here during hot days in Riyadh. Although almost completely Islam today, Taif religion has been somewhat pagan for the most part until 631 AD when Mecca converted the whole city to Islam.
               
Wadi Hadramawt
               
Najran

Najran is a captivating city in south western Saudi Arabia. It’s made from mud architecture is influenced by the Yemeni as the city is very near the other country. For those who are not aware, Najran was an independent kingdom and mostly Jewish until it joined the bigger and newer Saudi Arabia Kingdom.

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