The Heart of the Arabian Peninsula:
Historically speaking, the modern day Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is famous for being the birthplace of Prophet Muhammed and the Islamic religion, as well as being the home to Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam to which millions of Muslims have been traveling for centuries to perform Hajj (pilgrimage), which comes as the most famous activity among the things to do in Saudi Arabia as pilgrimage is usually the core component of the kingdom’s tourism and tour packages to Saudi Arabia.
As the largest nation in the Arabian Peninsula region and the fifth largest one in Asia, the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is known not only for its rich history, but also for its desert terrains, mountainous nature and having two long coastal lines overlooking the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.
What is the best time of the year to visit Saudi Arabia?
Given the region’s harsh desert climate and high temperature degrees, the most recommended time to travel to Saudi Arabia is within the winter months of the year (generally from late October to early March). The moderate pleasant weather of these months allows for the travelers and tourists to enjoy practicing several activities and things to do in Saudi Arabia.
This applies for the entire Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the only exception probably being Asir Mountains in the southern province that has the same name which witnesses the heaviest rainfall in Saudi Arabia as well as dense fogs during the winter season. It is highly recommended to visit Asir province before November and after February instead.
What are the best things to do in Saudi Arabia?
While it is true that pilgrimage is the backbone of its tourism section, it is not the only activity you can find in a trip to Saudi Arabia. For example, when it comes to historical tourism, the Saudi lands are rich with magnificent historical sites, monuments, and old towns.
To mention a few, you can pay a visit to Mada’in Saleh, the renowned archaeological site in Al Madinah region that dates back to the the first century during which the Nabatean Kingdom ruled over the region.
The area now known as Mada’in Saleh was the second biggest city in the Nabatean Kingdom right after Petra, its capital city which is now located in modern-day Jordan. The site’s tombs which were carved inside the mountain tombs is probably its most outstanding feature; it was the first area in Saudi Arabia to be enlisted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the other hand, the kingdom cities houses variant destinations and attractions including King Abdullah Park in Riyadh and Al Shallal Theme Park and Fakieh Aquarium, which is located in Jeddah city which overlooks the Red Sea and houses more than 200 marvelous creatures and marine life species and dolphins that inhabit the Red Sea.
For shopping lovers, there is also a plenty of places and things to do in Saudi Arabia including Center Point in Riyadh and Red Sea Mall and Jeddah International Shopping Center in Jeddah.