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It is known as the birthplace and heart of the Islamic faith and the second-largest producer of oil in the world. But when you look closely, Saudi Arabia is a hidden cultural treasure waiting to be discovered ..... From its beautiful historical buildings to its charming souqs, this country in the Middle East is definitely a must-visit if you’re up for a trip that will take you on a real Arabian adventure ..... But what exactly does Saudi Arabia have to offer? In this guide, we give you everything that you need to know about the second-largest country in the Arab world.

 

Introduction to Saudi Arabia

There’s so much to see and do in the beautiful Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, so it’s very important to plan your trip ahead using this guide:

 

The best experiences and tours in Saudi Arabia

Do you want a hassle-free trip to Saudi Arabia? These tours will take you to some of the best spots in the country without the need to plan your own itinerary:

 

  1. The Landmark Tour: Visit the most famous landmarks all around Saudi Arabia including Medinah, Jeddah, Riyadh, AlUla, Hail, and Buraidah.
  2. The 10-Day Tour: If you really want to immerse yourself in the culture and history of Saudi Arabia, this 10-day tour will give you just that. Visiting destinations such as Jeddah, Abha, and Riyadh, this experience will surely be one for the books.
  3. The Heritage Tour: The best way to experience Saudi Arabia’s heritage, this tour takes you to key spots around the country including the capital city of Riyadh, the holy city of Medinah, and Jeddah.

 

The best things to see and do in Saudi Arabia

There’s no shortage of things to see and do when you’re in Saudi Arabia. Here are some of the top spots that you shouldn’t miss:

 

  1. Visit the Al Masjid Al Haram. This is the heart and soul of Islam and the biggest mosque in the world. Visiting this holy place gives you a better understanding of the wonders of Islamic faith.
  2. Go on an Arabic food tour. Saudi Arabia has one of the most interesting cuisines in the world, so you can’t miss going on a food tour around some of the country’s top culinary destinations. Of course, don’t forget to treat yourself to fresh Arabian coffee every morning.
  3. Shop ‘til you drop. You can’t leave Saudi Arabia without visiting Riyadh’s Deira Souq, one of the best souqs in the Middle East. Here, you can find beautiful Persian carpets, beautiful Egyptian cotton pajamas, aromatic spices and incense, and other products from local craftsmen. 

 

The best time to visit Saudi Arabia

Although you can visit Saudi Arabia all year round, the most ideal time to travel to the country is between November and February. Since it’s winter season in the country at this time, the weather is fair, and temperatures are cooler than if you would visit during the summer when it’s extremely hot in Saudi Arabia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are some important facts about the language & culture of Saudi Arabia?

    The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is the 14th largest country on earth (nearly 2/3rd the size of India).

    Here are some important facts about the kingdom's language and culture : 

    Arabic Language: Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia and this is the language everyone uses in all dealings and public transactions. English is also spoken by many in Saudi Arabia and is understood by even more. English, you may say serves as an informal second language in the Kingdom. All road signs are bilingual, showing information in both Arabic and English. You will find some signage in the city of Riyadh showing information in Hindi as well. 

    Culture: Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage and traditions are a result of the country's location and position as a historic trade hub and the birthplace of Islam. In recent years, however, the Kingdom is undergoing a significant cultural transformation and is evolving century-old customs to fit the contemporary world. Saudi Arabia is open to international tourists and ready to welcome tourists from all over the world. 

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    What are some important things to know about the dress code (Both Men and Women) in Saudi Arabia?

    Saudi Arabia is open to visitors from all over the world now. Although in Saudi Arabia the dress code is dependent on individual establishments (Where you are visiting), some places require casual articles of clothing, and others demand sophistication, however, while visiting places of worship or places of religious importance it is expected from everyone to dress modestly to respect the local traditions.

    There is growing acceptability and respect for others visiting the kingdom. Local Saudis (both men and women) are used to dressing up modestly in dresses that cover them completely including shoulders and knees with not-so-transparent loose-fitting clothing. It is normal for many women to wear an abaya, a long black cloak that covers all but the hands and face in public. 
     
    When you visit Saudi Arabia and explore it yourself, you will organically get a sense of what works best for you.

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    What are some important things to know about currency exchange and money transactions in Saudi Arabia?

    Currency exchange is easy in Saudi Arabia, All banks in the kingdom offer currency exchange services, you will also find currency Exchange bureaus at shopping centers, open markets, as well as airports across the country. Credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted throughout the kingdom. You will also easily find ATMs.

    Saudi Arabia’s national currency is the Saudi riyal (ر.س SAR), which is subdivided into 100 halala. When you exchange in local currency you’ll receive notes in denominations of five riyals, ten riyals, 50 riyals, 100 riyals and 500 riyals; and coins in one riyal, two riyals, 50 halala, 25 halala, 10 halala, 5 halala, and 1 halala.

    The name of the Saudi currency is the Saudi riyal (SAR). It has been the official currency of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since the inception of the country. The Saudi riyal is currently pegged to the US dollar at the rate of 1 US dollar = 3.75 SR. The approximate conversion of 01 SAR in Indian Rupees is 21.78 Indian Rupees

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    What are the important festivals and holidays in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

    It is good to be prepared and aware of the important festivals and holidays in Saudi Arabia before traveling or visiting the Kingdom. It is also important that you double-check the dates as most of the dates vary from year to year due to the lunar calendar.

    Ramadan: Ramadan is the month of fasting. Muslims fast during this whole month from sunrise to sunset. restaurant timings undergo a lot of changes during Ramadan, normally most restaurants are closed during the day, however, hotels will offer dining options, and certain restaurants around the city are open for takeaways. Everything however opens up for iftar (the evening meal after sunset to break the fast) after Maghrib or sunset prayer.

    Eid Al Fitr: Eid Al Fitr is an important festival. Muslims celebrate Eid Al Fitr at the end of Ramadan. It is a time for family and friends to come together and the celebrations, share meals, and many local activities. Most offices and schools are closed during the time of Eid Al Fitr and restaurants may have shorter operating hours during the first 3-5 days of the celebrations.

    Eid Al Adha: Eid Al Adha is an important festival in Saudi Arabia, it is celebrated by Muslims a day after the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage, Eid Al Adha falls on the tenth day in the final month (Dhu al-Hijjah) of the Islamic or Lunar Calendar. As the dates of Hajj also vary slightly from year to year, so does the actual day of Eid Al Adha. Five days before and after Eid most businesses close and restaurants have shorter opening hours.

    Saudi National Day: This is very special. Saudi National Day celebration is dedicated to the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is celebrated on 23 September (annually). All businesses, schools, and offices are closed for this national holiday, and many special events and activities around the country happen.

    Saudi Founding Day: Saudi Founding Day is a public holiday that takes place on 22 February every year and commemorates the foundation of the Saudi state in 1727 by Imam Mohammed bin Saud. There are festivities across many days including parades, concerts, and other special celebrations.

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