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Silver Sands Beach

Silver Sands Beach

Silver Sands Beach

Silver Sands Beach (Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Street, Al Lulu, Jeddah 23821) – this is a shallow water beach which is open to foreigners only. There’s an entrance fee into the beach (SR 100 per person during the week, and SR 150 during the weekend). For children, the entry fee is SR 60. There are some eateries on the premises, along with amenities like sun beds. There are also some water sports available.


Riyadh

Riyadh

Riyadh

Riyadh – located in a desert plain in the country’s center, this is the capital of Saudi Arabia, as well as its main financial hub. Business district landmarks include the 302 meter-high Kingdom Center, with a sky bridge connecting two towers, and 257 meter-high Al Faisaliah Center, with a glass globe summit.

 

In the historic Deira District, Masmak Fort marks the site of the 1902 raid that gave the Al Sauds control of Riyadh. Riyadh is also known for shopping and upscale malls can be found at the Al Faisaliah Centre and the Kingdom Centre. Deira’s Souq al-Thumairi has local crafts and other wares.


Qusur al Muqbil

Qusur al Muqbil

Qusur al Muqbil

Qusur al Muqbil (Old City, Riyadh) – this mud brick abandoned village, located on the outskirts of modern Riyadh, gives visitors a glimpse of how locals lived for centuries (well before the country’s oil boom). Free admission. Open 24 hours.

Mount Uhud

Mount Uhud

Mount Uhud

Mount Uhud – this is a mountain north of Medina, Saudi Arabia. With a height of 1,077 meters, it was the site of the second battle between Muslim and Meccan forces. The Battle of Uhud was fought on 19 March, 625 CE, between a force from the small Muslim community of Medina, in what is now north-western Arabia, and a force from Mecca.
Over 70 of the Prophet Mohamed’s companions were killed during the Battle of Uhud, and were buried at the base of the mountain (also the site of the Battle). To this day, many Muslims visit this site.

Mount Arafat

Mount Arafat

Mount Arafat

Mount Arafat (Makkah Region, Hejaz) – best known for being the site of Mohamed’s last sermon, Mount Arafat is a granite hill about 20 km east of central Mecca in the plain of Arafat. Mount Arafat reaches about 70 meters in height, and is also known as the “Mount of Mercy”. Nowadays, this mountain is a destination for millions of Muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca for the Hajj.

Mina

Mina

Mina

Mina – this place is located inside a low-lying valley in the province of Mecca (and is appx. 8 km. east of Mecca city). Mina is called the “City of Tents”, since it has over 100,000 air-conditioned tents to provide temporary shelter to 3 million pilgrims.

 

Mina is located between Mount Arafat and Mecca’s Grand Mosque. The Jamarat Bridge (the location of the ritual of the Stoning of the Devil, performed between sunrise and sunset on the last day of the Hajj) are also located in Mina.

Medina (city)

Medina (city)

Medina (city)

Medina (city) – this is a city in western Saudi Arabia. In the city center, the vast al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) is a major Islamic pilgrimage site. Its striking green dome rises above the tombs of the Prophet Mohamed, and early Islamic leaders Abu Bakr and Umar. The Masjid al-Qiblatain (Qiblatain Mosque) is known as the site where the Prophet Mohamed received the command to change the direction of prayer to Mecca. Due to the city’s religious importance, non-Muslim travelers are not allowed to enter many parts of Medina.

Mecca (City)

Mecca (City)

Mecca (City)

Mecca (City) – located in a desert valley in the western part of the country, Mecca is Islam’s holiest city. It’s also the birthplace of the Prophet Mohamed and the Islamic faith. Only Muslims are allowed there. Millions of Muslim worshippers arrive in Mecca for the annual Hajj (pilgrimage), a tradition that began in the 7th century and still going strong today.

Jizan

Jizan

Jizan

Jizan (Farasan Islands) – these islands are among the best diving spots in the world. The Farasan Islands form what is a largely untouched archipelago that is surrounded by pristine turquoise waters. It has many unspoiled virgin beaches that are at times visited by migratory birds. These factors make Jizan a worthy eco-tourist destination.

Jeddah (city)

Jeddah (city)

Jeddah (city)

Jeddah (city) – this Saudi port city is located on the Red Sea, which acts as a modern commercial hub & gateway for pilgrimages to holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Resort hotels, beaches and outdoor sculptures line the Corniche (a seafront promenade anchored by the iconic King Fahd’s fountain). Jeddah’s al-Balad historic district dates to the 7th century and retails traditional homes built from coral.