For the first time, Saudi Arabia has opened up its doors to international citizens with a new tourist-visa scheme. This includes easy e-visa applications for 49 countries including the UK, Italy, France, US, Japan, South Africa, The Netherlands amongst many more. If you haven't considered vising Saudi Arabia before, we strongly recommend considering a holiday to explore what is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic destinations in the region.
From ancient ruins and breathtaking fountains to historical sites that have never been visited by outsiders before, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is hidden gem full of discoveries for the cultured traveller. Harper's BAZAAR Arabia has rounded up the top-tourist attractions that will soon be accessible for tourist travellers to discover for the very first time; the absolute must-visit places for those bitten by the wanderlust bug.
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Al Wahbah Volcanic Crater
Located in the middle of the desert, close to the city of Taif, is where the Al Wahbah Crater resides. This attraction is best suited to hikers or campers, or even individuals who enjoy the outdoors. Lay under the starry sky and Arabian desert when you visit this location.
No, these images aren't photoshopped. Closest to the city of Jeddah, Mada'in Saleh is a sight to see. It's a part of the archaelogical studies in Saudi Arabia and dates back to the first century (AD) - which we're still having a hard time believing. If you're interested in ancient ruins or unreal historic sites, then this visit is worth going too.
King Fahd's Fountain
Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; this fountain is unlike any other. King Fahd's fountain has been reported as one of the largest in the world. It's perfect for nights with cooler weather, relaxing strolls and to watch the beautiful Saudi Arabian sunsets.
Located in the capital, Riyadh, Masmak Fortress is a site to see for Saudi's rich history. Built in 1865, the Fortress underwent many battles throughout the years - and now you can view all the history that's been left for us to explore.
If you're looking for a beach vacation and some time under the Saudi sun, then Umluj is where you should be visiting. Bordering the Red Sea's coast, the sandy beaches of Umluj are perfect for that little bit of relaxation we all need.
Al Tayebat Market & Museum
Located in the city of Jeddah, the Al Tayebat International city offers both a market and a museum to discover. The museum holds the knowledge of the Saudi Arabian past and is made up of 300 room, with 12 different buildings. Learn more about the hidden treasures of the Kingdom when visiting this underrated attraction.
Located in the city of Jeddah, the Kingdom Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Saudi Arabia. Watch sunset from the views of the terrace roof or be able to see the entire city from these heights. It's an attraction you won't want to miss.