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Here is Why You Should Visit Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is in the Middle East, and its vast land is Arid. The country, however, borders the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. With one of the world’s largest populations (over 50% are less than 25 years), the country is unique in various ways. As of 2020, Saudi Arabia ranks as the world’s best Arab country from women. Considered as the origin of Islam, almost 100% of the population is Muslims.

Famed for the Mecca Pilgrimage (Masjid al-Haram) and Prophet Muhammad burial place in Medina (Masjid an-Nabawi), religion was the primary contact with the outside world until the 20th century and the subsequent discovery of oil. Since then, Saudi Arabia has become a high-income country that explains the massive expansion in technology, transportation, and business. These developments have fueled the country to a top tourist destination.  

Top 3 Places to visit

If you are not sure where to visit when you get to Saudi Arabia, you can start with the following 4 places. 

  1. Mecca

Since its Prophet Muhammad’s birthplace, Mecca is the holiest city in Islam. Built-in the 7th century, the Masjid al-Haram surrounds Islam’s most sacred shrine (Kaaba, covered in cloth). Mount Arafat is also worth visiting. It is where Prophet Muhammad conducted his last sermon. 

Also, there is the Mountain of light where Muslims believe Prophets Muhammad’s first revelation happened. You can do some shopping in the Abraj Al Bait Complex, which has some excellent malls. The downside of Mecca is that only Muslims are allowed inside the city.

  1. Tiran Island

If you’re looking for a great place to relax, you’ll love Tiran Island. This island is surrounded by coral reefs and has impressive dive sites. When visiting the island, remember to carry your swimsuit and diving kit. A camera is also worth- make sure you take some lovely photos for your album. 

  1. Madain Saleh

Also known as Hegra, it is an archaeological site found in the Al-Madina region. The remains available are from the Nabatean Kingdom and later. There is also evidence of Roman and Lihyanite occupation in the region. 

Though it’s referred to as a cursed place by Islam, the government of Saudi Arabia is trying to overcome the dull image to rake in more tourists. You can visit the Al-Farid – Lonely Castle, Elephant Mountain, and the Al Sanea Tomb.

  1. Jeddah

This city is one of the Port cities of Saudi Arabia. The city packs numerous beaches, resorts, and shopping complexes. Furthermore, Jeddah has some ancient buildings built with coral as cultural preservation. The Al Tayebet International City Museum has a variety of Saudi Arabian history; artifacts, art, pottery, interior décor, and old fashion. Visit the Kingdom tower, King Fahad’s fountain, fakieh Aquarium, and Al Shallal Theme Park. 

Conclusion 

The truth is that Saudi Arabia is, by all means, worth visiting. Besides what we have covered above, there is more than you can possibly exhaust even in a month. For instance, you can learn the Islam culture by visiting Saudi Arabia and still get to enjoy desert trails, diving, and so many more.

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