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20 Places To Visit In Saudi Arabia In 2020

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Planning your dream vacation? Saudi Arabia has all the elements to make your time away unforgettable. With the Kingdom’s rich heritage, natural hidden gems, and fun-packed adventures, a Saudi-cation is on top of everyone’s travel bucket list. As part of the Crown Prince’s Vision 2030, tourism is off the roof and so, we’ve compiled a Saudi travel guide of things to see and do. Stay tuned for more!

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1. Al Kharrarah National Park

Do you ever just wake up and feel like bashing some Saudi dunes? We thought so too. Located in the outskirts of Riyadh, Al-Kharrarah Park is the perfect place for sandy thrill-seeking experiences like sand boarding, dune buggy riding, kite flying, and much more. The stupendous space boasts a stunning lake, which calls for a laid-back picnic after your desert adventure.

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2. Al Ula

One of Arabia's best-known destinations, Al Ula boasts fascinating rock formations and ancient kingdoms, which will easily be the highlights of your Saudi-cation. Once you’re done snapping pictures of UNESCO World Heritage Site Mada’in Saleh, find your way to the giant mirrored concert hall where international acts take place. Check out this website to see the latest events happening at Al Ula!

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3. Al Ahsa

Al Ahsa will make reconsider not living your life in an oasis. Palm-cloaked hills await you in this paradise destination, which was the first region in the Gulf to be a UNESCO listed city. This eastern province area houses adventurous locations like the spectacular Al Qarrah caves and Al Gara mountains. And no offense to your significant other, but you’ll find the best date in the world in Al Ahsa (literally). This oasis is home to the largest stretch in the world of date palm trees, read more here.

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4. The End of the World

It’s not the end of the world, but the Tuwaiq escarpment is a unique way to celebrate the universe. Getting to this urban retreat requires a fair share of hiking - we have warned you. The views are awe-inspiring and the silence calls for a much-needed meditation session.

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5. 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.

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6. Sky Bridge

We had to add this one to the list! Experience Riyadh’s skyline from Sky Bridge on the 99th floor of the Kingdom Tower. So put your fear of heights aside, and revel at the magnificent urban views surrounding you. Complement your date night with one of these top-notch dining destinations in the capital.

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7. Umluj

Dubbed the Maldives of the Kingdom, Umluj is a small town in the Tabuk province with a reputation for all-things beautiful. Enjoy amazing beach sights, pink sunsets, and scrumptious fish. Still not convinced? Here are 8 Umluj shots that will lure you into booking a getaway to this Saudi gem.

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8. Uqair

Look no further than Uqair to explore a hidden town that’s not typically touristic! You’ll be surprised that the Hofuf’s coastal city holds heritage, mystery, and fun all-in-one place. Start off your day with a book date on Uqair’s sandy shores and dip in the crystal waters. History geeks, you’ll absolutely love wandering in this city’s old port and eponymous fortress.

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9. Wadi Tayeb Al-Ism

Locals nickname this Tabuk natural wonder “The Valley Of Moses” and it’s one more reason to head there. Story goes that Moses landed in this valley when he crossed over the sea from Egypt. This incredible destination stands out with 600-meter-high granite massif whose edge fall into the Gulf of Aqaba. Need more travel inspo? Discover what this all-female Saudi group did when they visited this fertile land.

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10. Al Balad

Add a nostalgic touch to your trip! Jeddah’s old district boasts charming narrow street, stunning architecture, and a delightful mix of old and new. If you’re a history geek, let a tour guide assist your walk around the historical houses of prominent Saudi families. Can’t get enough of the Bride Of The Red Sea? Complete your day with one of these unmissable activities.

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11. The National Museum of Saudi Arabia

This all-encompassing cultural hotspot offers you the opportunity to learn about the Arabian prehistory, history, cultural, and art. Best part? This huge museum’s entertaining exhibits and activities will never bore you. Time-travel with their magically interactive tour of the ages and smell the roses in the flower-wreathed gardens…  Be sure to check out our A to Z of this renowned museum for more information.

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12. Jeddah Corniche

Overlooking the iconic King Fahd Fountain, Jeddah Waterfront offers plenty of dining options from all around the world. For unparalleled views of the geyser, opt for a sunset walk around the corniche followed by an early dinner. Need food inspo? Check out these seafront dining experiences.

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13. Al Masmak Fortress

Another Riyadh gem, this royal landmark enables you to get lost in the walls of this fortress, which has withstood the test of time. Situated in the heart of the capital, 19th century gem is a must for all the history geeks out there and it’s FREE. Later, grab a quick bite at one of these travelling food trucks in Riyadh.

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14. Al Murraba Palace

Want to walk in the shoes of a royal? This palace in Riyadh is the former home and court of King Abdul Aziz and a captivating monument towering the city’s heritage. Built in traditional Najdean style, architecture lovers will gawk at the wonderful layered walls, ceilings, and the stupendous central courtyard.

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15. Ad Diriyah

Welcome to Ad Diriyah, the birthplace of the first Saudi state and a mesmerizing heritage site. Around the outskirts of Riyadh, Ad Diriyah’s mud-brick walls were once a desert city that was a powerhouse of culture and commerce. A visit to this citadel allows you to have first-hand account of what life was like before a unified Kingdom. And as Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority said: “There is only one Diriyah. Only this place can tell the story of the Saudi people and inspire new generations to commit to the dynamic vision of the future.”

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16. Taif

In the southwest of Saudi Arabia in the Mecca province, Taif is not typically the city to be part of one’s travel bucket list. But don’t underestimate this Saudi gem because it boasts natural and cultural landmarks that will turn your stay into a memorable one. Home to the Camel Festival and the Rose festival, here are 9 awesome activities you can enjoy in Taif.

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17. Farasan Islands

These gorgeous remote islands are tucked away off the shore in the southwest of Saudi Arabia. Farasan Islands are another key location contributing to an increase in tourism in line with the 2030 Vision. Stupendous coastlines, pristine beaches, and rich marine fauna offer golden opportunities to sea divers. The Arabian jewel stands out with exceptional weather, which is moderate all year long. Learn more about this paradise on earth here.

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18. King AbdulAziz Center For World Culture

Better known as Ithra, this world-class cultural center in Dhahran blends art, performance, film, energy, and food into one interactive space. Take a guided 30 minute visit through all parts of the center and revel at the large-scale sculptures with the likes of Giuseppe Penone. It’s your second to none to dive into the KSA’s booming art scene since Ithra gives the floor to Saudi contemporary artists.

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19. Haql Shipwreck Beach

For a prime relaxation time in Tabuk, this untouched treasure tucked away on the shores of Haql city will answer all your prayers. The mysterious half-sunken ship, the views of mount Sinai at a distance, and the immaculate waters make for the laziest of afternoons in Saudi Arabia. It’s a guaranteed wanderlust moment!

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20. Rijal Alma

Rijal Alma stone village, lush greenery, and flower crowns are exciting features of Asir that will make your trip there worthwhile. Every year tourists from all around the globe flock to the gorgeous (and very much Instagrammable) heritage village, which was an ancient trade route between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Read more about this UNESCO-worthy spot, here.

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