Exploring the Arabian Desert: Things to do in Saudi Arabia

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 no time!!

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 always captures the interest of the travellers.

Saudi Arabia has a lot of beautiful places that are quite stunning, although access to few of the holiest sites is restricted to Muslims but there are still lots of amazing places that everyone can explore and enjoy each minute in this beautiful country. You would also be surprised to know that food, entertainment, and shopping are affordable. It is indeed an oasis in the desert!

Whatever reasons you would be visiting this region for; maybe for the upcoming Umrah or Hajj, It’s an amazing opportunity to savour every bit of the beautiful Arabian desert.

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

1. The Mystical Madain Saleh

Madain Saleh (source:jaimedmataix.wordpress.com)

Madain Saleh source|jaimedmataix

Soak up in the history of Saudi Arabia as you visit The Mystical Madain Saleh is one of the world’s most stunning archaeological sites. It has so much to offer its visitors, from the intriguing scenery to the rich history. You can explore this site for many days without paying. Located in the Al-Ula sector within the Al Madinah Region, the history can be traced from the period of Nabatean Kingdom(1st Century AD). In 2008, The archaeological site was proclaimed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. The National Museum

National Museum (source:patokallio.name)

National Museum| source: patokallio.name

If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the fascinating history of Saudi Arabia, then head to ’The National Museum‘. It is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, a 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. There are many artefacts such as ancient documents, furniture, weapons and more, dating as far back as the Stone Age. Immerse yourself in the Arabian history as you 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. It is a unique place one must visit in Saudi Arabia.

Immerse yourself in the Arabian history as you 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. It is a unique place one must visit in Saudi Arabia.

3. Visit the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque in Mecca

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Hajj (Pilgrimage) Saudi Arabia Mecca Grand Mosque Islam (Photo by Haga Library)

No visit to Saudi Arabia is complete without a trip to the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque, the sacred mosque, which is surrounded by the Kaaba (a large shrine used as a prayer room).  It is one of the biggest mosques in the world where all the Muslims around the world are mandated to visit for the holy pilgrim at least once in their lifetime. Feel the spiritual vibes as you walk through the place where Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) is buried. The Al-Masjid al-Haram is one of the most magnificent architecture in the world.

4. Farasan Island

Farsan Island (source:traveltamed.com)

Farsan Island|source:traveltamed

Farasan Island is indeed an oasis in a desert. Located approximately 50km off the coast of Jizan in the Red Sea, one of the places on earth where you can explore and discover a unique habitat without another soul in sight. The mangroves, beaches and underwater world are the true stunners of the island, making it a paradise.

Take a dive in the history as you explore the Ottoman fort, historical Village, old mosques, pearl merchant’s homes and coral houses. Another interesting thing about Farasan Island is that you don’t have to pay a dime to visit the island because the Saudi Government offer a free ferry from Jizan for tourists that want to visit the breathtaking place.

5. King Fahd’s Fountain

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

King Fahd’s Fountain|source:wikipedia

King Fahd’s Fountain 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, with a breathtaking scenery that is yet to equal any artificial construction on earth.

In the evening,  it has billion shimmering droplets with the ruddy glow of dying sun that is quite 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.

6. The Floating Mosque

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

The Floating Mosque|source:aviratgrup

It is a unique mosque with a complete white exterior, impressive white architecture and huge alleys where -other than offering prayers -you can roam around and enjoy scenic views of the Red Sea. Located on the coast of the Red Sea along Corniche Road in Jeddah, the floating Mosque represents magnificence, elegance, morality and beauty of the Arabian desert.

Don’t miss the enchanting views of both the sunset and sunrise of the Mosque from its terrace, just remember to take your shoes off when you enter, 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 as the mosque seems to float on the water during the days of high tides.

7. Shop for beautiful Arabian wears.

saudi arabia-things to do-market

I understand that this not “free things to do” but who said you can’t window shop for free at the exotic malls? Nigerians love shopping! So, If you will love to buy one of the beautiful Arabian wears, head to the local marketplace, where you can also buy lovely carpet, praying mats, jewellery and decorating accessories. Naturally, you’ll have to haggle if you want to get the best price.

Will you be visiting Saudi Arabia for Umrah? Please share your expectations or experience with us.

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