Visit Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a land of diversity. As one of the cradles of civilization, the country is home to numerous archeological and historical wonders and a history that dates back more than 10,000 years. The country has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a diverse range of adventures available during every season. Travelers can hike Saudi Arabia’s highest peak at 3,000 meters or dive into the Red Sea to see the magical wonders of coral and marine life.
Every season brings something new to discover in the country, including the summer Al-Ula events, Al Ahsa season, Riyadh/Diriyah season, and more. Visitors can fill their stays with adventurous pursuits. Such as day trips to Abha, nature trips, snorkeling journeys, and trekking or enjoying the country’s many high-end hotels and restaurants.
Fun Things To Do In Saudi Arabia
Treat Yourself To Arabian Cuisine
Regardless of where you go, you’ve got to eat. And sampling Riyadh’s cuisine is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture. Head to Najd Village to try Saudi staples like kabsa, jareesh, and hashi. Also, be sure to check out Takya for Saudi fusion food and Suhail for a modern spin on traditional favorites.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Visitors to Riyadh can look forward to plenty of exciting shopping opportunities, whether it be a vibrant market like Souq Al Zal or a more modern venue like the Riyadh Park Mall.
Venture To Diriyah
Travelers will want to explore the pearl of Saudi Arabia at Diriyah. The UNESCO-listed site of At-Turaif here was founded in the 15th century and is the original seat of power of Saudi Arabia’s Al Saud family. While the site has not been open to the public since it gained its UNESCO designation in 2010, redevelopment efforts will enable visitors to walk through the ruins as well as museums and other spaces.
Visit the Al Masmak Fortress
Visitors to Riyadh must also check out the Al Masmak Fortress for a journey back in time. King Abdulaziz captured this breathtaking fortress and took control of Riyadh in 1902 but the site itself dates back to 1865.
Tour the Saudi National Museum
No trip to the Kingdom is complete without a tour of the Saudi National Museum, which is home to more than 3,700 antiquities documenting the history of Arabia over millennia. There are as many as eight halls to explore so plan to visit on a weekday when you’ll encounter fewer crowds.
Hike To the Edge of the World
Located about 90 minutes from Riyadh, the Edge of the World, otherwise known as Jebel Fihrayn is an iconic tourist destination boasting glorious views from its 300-meter-high cliffs overlooking the surrounding plain. Visitors can view winding dried rivers, camels, and more jaw-dropping scenery.
Explore the Ushaiger Heritage Village
For a one-of-a-kind living museum experience, take the trip to the 1,500-year-old Ushaiger Heritage Village to experience a slower-paced society of old. Pay a visit to the Al Salem museum to view an impressive collection of artifacts such as embroidered clothing, jewelry, and ceramics in addition to weapons and cooking utensils.
Visit Al Balad
When in Jeddah, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Al Balad is a must. The “Old Town,” Balad is Jeddah’s historical center and dates all the way back to the seventh century. Visitors can tour ancient houses like Bait Nassif and see for themselves why this site earned UNESCO status in 2014.
Snap a Photo at King Fahd’s Fountain
Don’t miss a chance to see the world’s tallest fountain for yourself. Head to the waterfront to view the spectacular King Fahd’s Fountain, a 30-year-old monument in the middle of the Red Sea shooting waters more than 1,000 feet into the sky for the perfect photo-op.
Tour the Fakieh Aquarium
Visitors to Jeddah will also want to check out the Fakieh Aquarium, a first-of-its-kind marine exhibition that’s home to more than 200 species, the vast majority of which (85 percent) are native to the destination’s undisturbed coral reefs. Sharks and penguins are among the aquarium’s top attractions.
Shop Like a Local
Shopping is a big part of the authentic Jeddah experience and visitors have no shortage of exciting options, from an array of multicultural souqs to the sprawling Red Sea Mall. The Mall of Arabia is another ideal destination for shoppers, offering 400-plus stores in addition to entertainment in amusement rides and cinemas.
Visit the Floating Mosque
The “Al-Rahmah mosque,” also known as the Floating Mosque, is a one-of-a-kind symbol of Jeddah, sitting just above the sea and drawing visitors’ eyes in with its bright white color and unmistakable turquoise dome. It’s undoubtedly one of the most Instagrammable spots in all of Saudi Arabia.
Grab a Rejuvenating Cup of Coffee
Coffee lovers will be in absolute heaven in Jeddah. The quality and creativity of the city’s local cafes are unmatched and on full display at spots like Broots Coffee & Cocoa, Hemi Cafe and Roastery, and CAF Cafe. Visitors can even pair their coffee with delicious pastries and views at the Medd Cafe & Roastery location in Historic Jeddah, Al-Balad.
Tour the Tayebat Museum Complex
History buffs will want to visit the Tayebat Museum to learn about Jeddah’s 2,500-year history. The multi-room complex boasts several floors of in-depth exhibits helping visitors understand not only Jeddah’s past but the history of Islam and how Saudi Arabia came to be formed.
Explore the Red Sea
Jeddah’s ideal locale along the Red Sea means that this spectacular body of water is not to be missed. Whether lounging on one of the nearby beaches or snorkeling and scuba diving the gorgeous offshore reefs, visitors are certain to come away with memories that will last a lifetime.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: Yes. Obtain an eVisa online prior to traveling, plus visa on arrival with a maximum 90-day stay.
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: November to April.
This Destination is Best For: Culture, History, Desert Safaris, Diving, and Snorkeling.
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Recommended Vaccinations: The recommended vaccines are COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, and tetanus.