Saudi Arabia is a country that used to issue visas to business travelers, visitors, and religious pilgrims only. It has now opened its doors wide for worldwide tourists who want to explore the tourism aspect of the country. Saudi Arabia is famous for its rich history, vibrant heritage, and delectable cuisines. Its diverse landscape expands its beauty from deserts and mountains to a blue-watered sea and bustling metropolitans.
Besides grand cultural events and festivals in the vast barren region, skyscrapers in the capital city and many fascinating places to explore in Saudi Arabia will make you fall short of days during your stay in the country. The middle-east country has a perfect blend of new and old tourist places to visit. Let’s explore some of the top sightseeing in Saudi Arabia, which will surely leave you spellbound through their uniqueness.
Masjid Al-Haram, Mecca & Masjid Al-Nabvi, Medina
These two holy mosques attract a huge number of Muslims from around the world every year. Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid Al-Nabvi in Medina are the holiest sites for Muslims. Surrounding the Holy Ka’ba (House of Allah), Masjid Al-Haram is famous as the Great Mosque and is the largest worshipping place in the world. Masjid Al-Nabvi or Prophet’s Mosque is the second-largest worshipping place for Muslims on the planet. The mosque has tombs of Prophet Muhammad PBUH and two Islamic Caliphs, namely Abu Bak and Umar Farooq.
Abraj Al-Bait Towers, Mecca
The grand complex of Abraj Al-Bait Tower is a government-owned building in Mecca. It comprises seven splendid skyscraper hotels. Abraj Al-Bait Tower with a four-faced clock is in the vicinity of Masjid Al-Haram.
World Sights Park, Riyadh
World Sights Park is a well-known site in Riyadh, which is going to leave you spellbound. It highlights small-sized replicas of famous architectural wonders, including Masjid Al-Haram, Masjid Al Nabvi, Taj Mahal, Petronas Tower, and Eiffel Tower.
Kingdom Centre Tower, Riyadh
Based in the capital city, the Kingdom Centre Tower is an iconic structure in Saudi Arabia. This 300 meters tall structure is home to various restaurants, offices, luxury brands, lavish apartments, and a five-star hotel. This architectural marvel has the SkyBridge – a 300-ton steel structure that beautifully overlooks the whole city of Riyadh.
Al Balad, Makkah Mukkarama Road
The historical place of Al Balad is known for its tight-knit lanes, intricately-designed mosques, traditional markets, and houses. UNESCO has listed Al Balad as one of the best world heritage sites. It is home to Bab-e-Makkah located on the road leading to Mecca.
Jannatul Al Baqi Cemetery, Medina
Known as the oldest and leading Islamic cemetery, Jannatul Al Baqi is in the sacred city of Medina. It holds great significance amongst Muslims as it is the resting place of many relatives and companions of Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
Masmak Fortress, Riyadh
This beautiful architectural wonder is a must-visit attraction in the old city of Riyadh. Made of mud-brick and clay, Masmak Fortress is a historically famous site that is now serving as a museum to give an insight into the roots of the country.
Jabal Al-Fil or Elephant Rock, Mada’in Salih
Jabal Al-Fil is one of the most beautiful geological wonders around the world. It is a UNESCO-listed world site located in Al-Ula of Mada’in Salih. Elephant Rock is amidst a sandy desert in the surrounding of various sizes and shapes of rock outcrops.