Saudi Arabia is a destination that will leave you in awe. Home to a variety of landscapes from impressive rocky mountains to stunning coral islands to vast deserts. The country has something for everyone from adventure sports enthusiasts to history lovers. With international travel on hold, now is the best time to explore the beauty that is Saudi Arabia.
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Top Weekend Getaways in Saudi Arabia
Where: Tabuk Province
Best for: Beach lovers
Often referred to as the Maldives of Saudi Arabia Umluj is a coastal region home to more than 100 islands. Whether you want to go on an adventure snorkeling to see the coral reef around the island of Jabal Hassan or relax at the picturesque palm covered beaches of Ras Al Shaaban, Umluj has something for everyone.
This archipelago is filled with so much to see that the best way to experience it is a three-day trip which is perfect for the long weekend. You can travel to a number of the islands and enjoy the seafront, or go on a day trip in a rented fishing boat. If you are lucky you might even spot a few dolphins or migratory birds around the island.
Al Tayebat International City
Where: Makkah Province
Best for: History lovers
Al Tayebat International City is regarded as a must-visit for anyone visiting the city of Jeddah. Often called a ‘city’ because of its size, this sprawling museum houses 300 rooms in 12 different buildings which were built using traditional Hijazi architecture.
The museum houses ancient Islamic Manuscripts, old coins, and a variety of items that are of great significance for Middle Eastern countries. The huge amounts of artifacts will keep you interested for hours on end and help you find something new to appreciate and learn about.
Where: Jizan Province
Best for: Exploring
Just off the coast of Jizan lies a hidden gem known as the Farasan Islands. An archipelago consisting of 83 coral reef islands. These islands are untouched, pristine, and home to beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and plenty of wildlife.
Explore the untouched local coral reefs and even get up close and personal with a variety of marine life including dugongs, manta rays, and dolphins. In addition to marine life, there are a variety of birds including the famous Red-Billed tropical bird and the pink-backed pelican. For lovers of history, the sandstone village of Al Qassar, which dates back to the time of the Roman empire is a must-visit.
Asir National Park
Where: Asir Province
Best for: Nature lovers
One of the first national parks in Saudi Arabia, Asir National park, is a huge and mostly untouched abode of wilderness. Stretching from the Red Sea coast to the eastern desert, this area is famous for its juniper trees, fog-covered mountains ranges, the endangered Arabian Leopard, and the Hamadryas Baboons.
If you are a nature lover who adores animals then Asir National Park is the perfect long weekend destination. The cool mountainous park is the perfect place to escape the summer heat. This park is a great place for picnics and camping. There are also cable cars available to visit the mountain peaks for stunning views of the park.
Edge of the World
Where: Riyadh Province
Best for: Hiking
Edge of the World or Jebel Fihrayn is an awe-inspiring geological formation located in the rocky desert northwest of Riyadh. The stunning view of the horizon from on top of this natural structure is breathtaking.
There are several rocky hiking trails along the Edge of the World that attract tourists from around the world. Each trail provides you with an amazing view of the rocky outcrop. Truly making you feel like you’re at the edge of the world. You can also enter the lower levels of the plateau and search for fossils or pitch a tent for a night under the stars.
There’s nothing better than exploring what our home country has to offer. So start packing your bags cause home is calling.