Explore the cultural heart of the Middle East. From the modern business metropolis of Riyadh to the holy Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia offers a range of historical and cultural experiences. Roughly divided into five historical regions, from Hejaz on the Red Sea coast - the city where most of the country's trade and commerce takes place, to the Eastern Province.
Situated at the heart of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh offers a fascinating fusion of new and old. The historic old town remains largely intact next to Saudi Arabia's modern capital of hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. Saudi Arabia's commercial centre Jeddah also offers a wonderful blend of ancient and modern styles. Explore the coral houses and traditional market souks of al-Balad or enjoy Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast.
There are many opportunities for adventure holidays in Saudi Arabia as the country enjoys two coastlines on the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, both popular areas for water sports. The Jeddah Corniche is the largest waterfront area in Saudi Arabia, a tourist capital offering 30 km of beach resorts and luxury hotels and providing the ideal opportunity for scuba diving amongst the coral reefs.
A travel Visa is essential when booking flights to Saudi Arabia, but internal travel permits are no longer required. As a Muslim country, you are expected to pay heed to local customs and beliefs and to dress conservatively in public. If you are visiting Saudi Arabia during the fasting month of Ramadan this may also entail abstaining from eating, drinking and smoking in public during the daylight hours.
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