Saudi Arabia, which is also called as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the greatest country of the Arabian Peninsula and is located near Basra Bay. The country also hosts Mekke and Medine, the important Islamic cities. Most of the citizens are Muslims. Saudi Arabia is visited by many tourists every year.
|Capital of Saudi Arabia:||Riyadh|
|Local Time:||UTC+3 (AST)|
|Currency:||Saudi Riyal (SR) (SAR)|
|Average annual temperature:||25,4°C|
|Flora:||trees, shrubs and herbs|
The official language in Saudi Arabia is Arabic. There are three main regional versions are used by Saudi; Hejazi, Najdi, and Gulf Arabic.
Riyadh is the biggest and the capital city of Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most populated cities in the Arab world with a population of 6.506.700.
Saudi Arabia’s currency is the Saudi Riyal.
The flora of Saudi Arabia covers 2285 species across the country. Most of them grow on mountains, meadows, and wadis. Desert rose, Red acacia, Charcoal tree, and varied herbs are common.
Saudi Arabia is located in the western part of Asia, and it is geographically the largest sovereign state in the Middle East. It is surrounded by various countries; Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast and Yemen to the south. It has two coasts; the Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast.
The temperature in Saudi Arabia changes according to the season and the different parts of the country. The south has a moderate temperature that shows as low as 50°C in summer. However, it is cold at night and sometimes can go below freezing point. In winter the coldest month is January at 15°C.
The best time to visit Saudi Arabia is during winter due to the weather. Especially between the late October and early March is suggested by the experts. However, depending on the location, you may need to arrange your trip. For example, due to excessive fog, Asir Mountains located in the south-western part of Saudi Arabia can be visited either before November or after February.
The most comfortable way to reach Saudi Arabia is by air travel. You can fly to Saudi Arabia by using Pegasus airlines. Pegasus flights fly to Dammam and Jeddah. If you want to go from Turkey to Saudi Arabia, you can take one of the flights from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Dammam and Jeddah. It takes about 4 hours flying from İstanbul to Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN) and Dammam King Fahd International Airport (DMM/OEDF).
In Saudi Arabia, public transportation is not well developed. In some of the big cities, bus lines are preferred by local people but not suggested for tourists. Therefore, the most convenient transportation for tourists is taking a taxi. However, you should be careful about choosing a licensed taxi. Unlicensed taxis can be mistaken, especially around airports.
You can take a licensed taxi at the exit of Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport and reach the city center around 1 hour.
You can reach the city center around 45 minutes by taking a licensed taxi at the exit of Dammam King Fahd International Airport.
Jeddah is the second biggest city of Saudi Arabia, and it is located at the coast of the Red Sea. Al-Balad region is protected by UNESCO and worth visiting. Jeddah is associated with its huge number of malls, as well. So if you are interested in shopping, Jeddah will be the right place to visit.
Dammam is one of the oldest cities in the Arabian Peninsula. Man-made Coral Island and other historic buildings worth visiting. Heritage Village, Tarout Castle, and the old town also help you to delve into the city history. Dammam Regional Museum, Half-Moon Bay and King Fahd Park are famous touristic destinations, as well.
Medina has special meaning for Muslims. It is the city that Prophet Muhammad spent part of his life. The religious places in Medina only allowed to be visited by Muslims. There are many holy places in Medina, including Al Masjid an Nabawi, also known as the Prophet Mosque, Mount Uhud, Grave of Hamzah (Prophet Muhammad's uncle), Kubbe-i Hadra, Prophet Muhammad's grave.
The holy city of Muslims covers many religious places, including Grand Mosque, Kaaba, Safa to Marwa, Black Stone, Mount Arafat, Station of Ibrahim, and Masjid Taneem. Hajj duty is accomplished in this city by Muslims. Thus, the city is extremely crowded at the Hajj and Umrah seasons. Moreover, there are other touristic places, such as Abraj Al-Bait Towers, and Makkah Clock Tower Museum.
There are many alternatives in Jeddah and Dammam for accommodation. In recent years very luxurious hotels became popular. However, there are several economic hotel options, as well. In Dammam, most of the hotels are around the coastline and at the city center. In Jeddah, Hira street at Ash Shati region and Quraysh street at As Salamah region cover most of the hotels.
Saudi Arabia has a rich cuisine with lots of spices. You can find something to your liking among the varied tastes. Here is a list of things to check out while in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is famous with several products. Tourists and visitors can buy varied items from this country. World best perfumes and fragrances, called Ithar, is one of them. Also, world best high-quality dates, such as Ajwa, Sukkari, Safawi, Mabroom, Saggae, are in Saudi Arabia. Traditional dresses, abayas, and gold take attention of tourists, too. Cameras and other electronic devices are popular, due to their attractive prices, as well.
Saudi Arabia is ruled by Sharia. As a result, there is no nightlife culture. There are no legal nightclubs in the country, and no bars serving alcohol. Although drinking, and dancing are not an option, there are many malls and varied restaurants to be visited.
Most countries citizens have to obtain a visa to travel Saudi Arabia. The visa application should be processed through visa offices for tourists. Visitors should apply to the authorized agencies for Hajj or Umrah trips. If the travel purpose is official, no visa charge is demanded by the embassy.
You can learn the details of the Saudi Arabia visa application process from the "Saudi Arabia Visa Guide" article.
What is the legal name of Saudi Arabia?
It is officially called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
What should I wear in Saudi Arabia?
Men should wear conservative clothes. That is, no sleeveless shirts, no shorts are allowed. Sportswear can be worn at men-only fitness facilities by men. Women must wear an abaya and carry a scarf that can be used to cover the hair in public areas by women. Sportswear can be worn at women-only fitness facilities.
Can I use credit cards in Saudi Arabia?
It is common to use cash in Saudi Arabia. However, credit cards are accepted by major chain hotels, department stores, and some hotel restaurants.
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