Five Things To Do In Saudi Arabia as The Country Opens Up to UAE Travellers

Lindsay Judge   |   09-09-2021

This week Saudi Arabia announced the removal of a travel ban on UAE visitors, meaning tourists can once again enter The Kingdom and enjoy all that the country has to offer.


We discover some of the experiences and discoveries awaiting you on your travels:



  1. Hike to The Edge of the World


The Edge of the World, or Jebel Fihrayn, of the most stunning site in Saudi Arabia. Located around a 90-minute drive from Riyadh, it forms part of the vast Tuwaiq cliffs, which stretch over more than 600km through central Saudi. These dramatic views have earned the site its nickname and have helped turn it into one of Riyadh’s most popular tourist destinations. Hike across the impressive landscape and don’t forget to take plenty of photos so you remember this moment forever.



  1. Snorkelling an Diving in the Red Sea



Untouched and pristine, the world that lies beneath Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea is the final frontier of diving. Home to more than 1,200 species of fish (20% of which are found only in the Red Sea), Saudi is home to exciting and undiscovered diving destinations for adventure travellers. Stunning coral reefs that are mostly untouched light up the ocean and make it an ultimate destination for diving.



  1. Visit the Historical Site of Al Ula



Al Ula has become a postcard picture of Saudi Arabia in recent years. Located deep in the desert in Saudi’s Northwestern region, is home to Saudi’s first UNESCO World Heritage site; Hegra. Visitors can experience ancient tombs that remain from 7,000 years of human civilization, stunning natural rock formations and canyons, a plethora of adventure sports options and cutting-edge art installations.


  1. Explore “The Maldives of Saudi”



You may be surprised to know that Saudi is home to spectacular and largely unexplored beach destinations that are like nothing else in the world. Think palm trees swaying in the breeze, golden stretches of sand and tranquil blue waters. Umluj is a small coastal town with islands frequently referred to as the Maldives of Saudi Arabia. North of the town of Umluj, travellers can venture to more than 100 small islands known for their egg-white sands and ancient palm trees.


  1. Tour Historical Jeddah



Jeddah’s Al Balad is famous for its intricately designed houses, built using coral from the depths of the Red Sea and boasting colourful balconies, known as mashrabiyyahs. Its unique architecture, which is still preserved today, is not seen anywhere else in the world and serves as a reminder of what the medieval city’s ancient walls once looked like. Al Balad, otherwise known as Historical Old Jeddah, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Its existence may date back to the era before Islam with some of the buildings estimated to be 400 years old.


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