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7 Destinations in Saudi Arabia To Visit At Least Once

With ambitions to be part of the top five touristic countries in the world, it’s no secret that Saudi Arabia houses unmatched destinations. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, check out these places that should be experienced at least once. Happy touring!

1. The Sharaan Nature Reserve

Sharaan is on the bucket-list of every adventurous soul in the Kingdom. The natural reserve boasts 925-square kilometer space in the middle of Al Ula, rich in stunning rock formations and archeological phenomena. Be ready to meet new friends like Nubian ibexes, red-necked ostriches, and Idmi gazelles.

2. The Lonely Castle

In Madaen Saleh in Al Ula, this standalone landmark will sweep you off your feet. Despite it being called The Lonely Castle, this gem is actually an ancient tomb built as part of the ancient Nabatean site of Hegra. This majestic Saudi gem never ceases to amaze architecture lovers around the world.

3. The Edge of The World

Did you know that Riyadh is very close to the Edge of the World? Well, the cliff is a desert trek away from the capital and it’s deemed to be unforgettable. Make your way to this scenic plateau in Tuwaiq and experience views of endless horizons and thrilling adrenaline rushes.

4. Fifa Mountains

Rising 2,600 meters above sea level, this lush green stretch of peaks is located in Jizan close to the border with Yemen. The Fifa Mountains attract around one million visitors each year to its slopes. Not only is it green and serene, you’ll particularly enjoy wondering on the beautiful terraces built centuries ago to boost agriculture.

5. Masmak Fortress 

Visit this royal landmark and find yourself lost in the walls of this fortress that has withstood the test of time. Situated in the heart of Riyadh, this 19th century gem is a must for all the history geeks out there.

6. Umluj

Often named the Maldives of the Kingdom, this hidden gem is tucked away on the shores of the Red Sea and it’s pretty much your next getaway. Brace yourselves to discover Umluj’s turquoise waters, fine sand, beautiful coral reefs, striking surrounding nature, and rich biodiversity. It’s pretty much your next getaway!

7. Tabuk

Everyone can find something they love to do in Tabuk! You can spend the day hiking between natural wonders, tan next to a half-sunken ship, or island-hop your worries away. The beauty of this geologically rich province is that parts of it remain beautifully untapped - so rejoice!

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