The destinations you must pay a visit to in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, a land of vibrant culture, historical significance, and breathtaking landscapes, offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travellers. From ancient wonders to modern marvels, there’s something for everyone in this captivating kingdom. Here are KHAMSA‘s five inclusions on its Saudi Arabia to-do list.

١. AlUla

Discover the allure of Banyan Tree Hotel and Elephant Rock in AlUla as you embark on a historical journey through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, where time takes a nostalgic turn. Marvel at the architectural marvels of Mada’in Saleh, often referred to as the “second Petra,” where ancient tombs are intricately carved into sandstone cliffs. Traverse the enchanting old city, appreciating its unique natural landscapes, indulging in top-notch hotels, and basking in unforgettable panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the Nabataean kingdom, and don’t forget to gaze at the stars for an unforgettable experience.

٢. Al Diriyah Heritage Village, Riyadh

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Journey back in time to the heart of Saudi Arabia at Diriyah Fort, a mere 20 km from Riyadh’s modern bustle. This enchanting village, once the cradle of the first Saudi state, offers a captivating glimpse into the kingdom’s rich past. Wander through a maze of centuries-old mud-brick houses, their ochre walls whispering tales of a bygone era.

Diriyah’s significance lies beyond its picturesque architecture. Its various districts, each with their own unique character, tell the story of the nation’s evolution. Among them, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif stands out as the crown jewel. Here, explore narrow alleyways and discover the magnificent Salwa Palace, the former residence of the Al-Saud royal family.

٣. Al-Balad aka Old Jeddah

Al-Balad, affectionately known as Old Jeddah, holds a special place in the heart of visitors as a cherished destination in Saudi Arabia. Aptly named, it unfolds as the historical heart of Jeddah, resonating with the echoes of its past.

This renowned district, dating back to the 7th century and now recognized as a captivating World Heritage Site, stands as a testament to Jeddah’s rich history. Wandering through Al-Balad unveils a mesmerizing array of ancient architecture and traditional buildings. Indeed, Al-Balad seamlessly blends the past with the present, making it not just a place, but an entirely captivating journey through time in the Saudi Arabia setting.

٤. Al Tayebat International City Museum, Jeddah

Nestled in Jeddah’s heart, the Al Tayebat International City Museum, or Tayebat Museum, is a captivating dive into Saudi Arabia’s history and culture. Housed in a historic complex with traditional Hijazi architecture, the museum boasts bay windows with intricate mashrabiya and ornate coral stonework.

Founded by Sheikh Abdul Rauf Khalil, the museum’s diverse collection spans centuries and continents. Discover ancient pottery, coins, Islamic manuscripts, Qurans, and traditional weaponry, providing insights into historical daily life. The museum showcases modern artwork alongside historical artefacts, creating a dynamic narrative of Jeddah’s cultural heritage.

٥. Al-Rahmah Mosque

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Al-Rahmah Mosque is a jewel on the Red Sea. It is a captivating landmark in Jeddah that is an amalgamation of modern innovation and traditional Islamic architecture. Also known as the Floating Mosque, it was constructed in 1985 as a white marble marvel that floats gracefully on the turquoise waters of the Red Sea.

Al-Rahman Mosque’s design is a testament to the fusion of styles, featuring geometric patterns and a sleek facade alongside an octagonal minaret and a majestic central dome. However, it is more than just a visually appealing destination. With its breathtaking views and serene atmosphere, it is the perfect spot for anyone wishing to indulge in a moment of prayer or quiet reflection amidst the beauty of nature.

Leen is a writer, designer and creative director, holding a fashion design degree from ESMOD. She is currently pursuing an MBA in fashion management, specializing in luxury, in Paris. Living in various Western and Eastern locales, Leen writes on fashion, culture, and lifestyle at KHAMSA as she interns in the editorial department.