Exploring the Arabian Desert: 5 Places to Visit in Saudi Arabia

Are you an adventurer? Do you know Saudi Arabia has a lot of beautiful places that are quite stunning? Located in the Middle East between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world known for its lovely mountains, striking valley and red beaches that captures the interest of the travellers.

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Access to a few of the holiest sites are restricted to Muslims, but there are still lots of amazing places that everyone can explore and enjoy each minute in this beautiful country.

Saudi Arabia is indeed captivating, with unique features that are intriguing and adventurous. Its rich culture takes influence from both the contemporary and traditional period which is bewitching and will allow you fall in love with its environment in less than an hour!

You’d also be surprised to know that food, entertainment, and shopping are affordable. It is indeed an oasis in the desert!

Well, it’s few weeks to Hajj, a lot of people are preparing to visit Saudi Arabia for the Holy pilgrimage. With the festival in the air, it is an amazing opportunity to savour every bit of the beauty of the Arabian desert, every minute spent on its soil is enthralling.

Here are perfect shots of exciting places you should explore for free during your visit to Saudi Arabia.

 

The Mystical Madain Saleh

Madain Saleh (source:jaimedmataix.wordpress.com)

Madain Saleh (source:jaimedmataix.wordpress.com)

If you really want to explore your stay in Saudi Arabia,  Madain Saleh is one of the world’s most stunning archaeological sites. It has so much to offer for tourists with the intriguing scenery and rich history. A destination worth exploring for many days without paying. It is located in the Al-Ula sector within the Al Madinah Region. A trace of history depicts that majority of its fragment dates from the period that Nabatean Kingdom(1st Century AD). In 2008, The archaeological site was proclaimed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The National Museum

National Museum (source:patokallio.name)

National Museum (source:patokallio.name)

Looking for a place where you can learn about great historical aspects? Well, here is the right suggestion…’The National Museum‘. It is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, making it the centre of attraction for many visitors and travellers who wish to know more about local art, religion and culture; as well as the diverse and intriguing history of the Arabian kingdoms. The display of many artefacts such as ancient documents, furniture, weapons and more, dating as far back as the Stone Age.

You can also explore the eight halls of the Museum to learn about the Arabian Peninsula through historical and architectural designs,audio and visual presentations. The museum charges a small entrance fee less than $3. The National Museum no doubt is a unique place one must visit in Saudi Arabia.

Farasan Island

Farsan Island (source:traveltamed.com)

Farsan Island (source:traveltamed.com)

Located approximately 50km off the coast of Jizan in the Red sea, It is one of the places on earth where you can explore and discover such a unique habitat without another soul in sight. The mangroves, beaches and underwater world are the true stunners of Farasan beauty making it a paradise. It has many interesting historical places to explore such as an Ottoman fort, historical Village, old mosques, pearl merchant’s homes and coral houses. Farasan Island is indeed an oasis in a desert, the Saudi Government offer a free ferry from Jizan for tourists that want to visit the breathtaking place.

 

King Fahd’s Fountain

King Fahd's Fountain (source:en.wikipedia.org)

King Fahd’s Fountain (source:en.wikipedia.org)

It is the tallest fountain in the world by the distance, reaching a height of about 312 meters (1,024 ft) making it taller than the Eiffel Tower. A dimming orb and a curving jet of water, a scene of breathtaking beauty that is yet to equal any artificial construction making a powerful symbol in the evening sky.

In the evening it has billion shimmering droplets with the ruddy glow of the dying sun. The lights illuminate the jet of water at night and sight of the black sky at the background illuminated by 500 spotlights is breathtaking! This fountain is visible from all over the city of Jeddah, so you will surely see it, even if you aren’t exactly looking for it.

The Floating Mosque

The Floating Mosque (source:aviratgrup.wordpress.com)

The Floating Mosque (source:aviratgrup.wordpress.com)

Located on the coast of the Red Sea along the Corniche road in Jeddah, the floating Mosque represents magnificence, elegance, morality and beauty of the Arabian desert. The mosque seems to float in water during the days of high tides.

It is a unique mosque with a completely white exterior, impressive white architecture and huge alleys where -other than offering prayers -you can roam around and enjoy the scenic views of Red Sea. The views of sunset and sunrise are spectacular from the terrace of the magnificent Mosque, just remember to take your shoes off when you enter it, as it’s a sacred place for Muslims.

A visit to the floating mosque is quite exhilarating and stupendous with night vision looking very nice and sea water colour. It is really amazing and magical!

 

 

 

 

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