About Saudi Arabia
From the modernist skyline of Riyadh to the archaeological riches of Al Ula, the unspoiled corals of the Red Sea to the empty expanse of the Rub Al Khali, Saudi Arabia offers a stunningly wide range of things to do and see. And with tourist visas being re-introduced, the Kingdom is likely to become a must-visit destination for the discerning traveler. This comes at a time when the country is undergoing a rapid economic transformation, with tourism one of the key sectors in which the Kingdom is investing – including the building of a Red Sea resort which will encompass 50 islands on the country’s pristine west coast, and an extra 30,000 hotel rooms coming on line this year alone.
Saudi Arabia has a wealth of historic sites from the Nabatean era tombs of Madain Saleh in the north, to Historical Dirriyah, the capital of the First Saudi State on the edge of Riyadh – two of the nation’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first migrations of early mankind out of Africa were to Arabia, and ever since the Stone Age successive civilizations have made their homes here, leaving their mark on the landscape with a trove of archeological sites, historic monuments, and a wealth ancient rock art.
Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in world history is illustrated by its five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dirriyah, Old Jeddah, Madain Saleh, Hail petroglyphs and Al-Ahsa Oasis.
The Saudi people are renowned for their generosity and hospitality – traits that have been embedded since ancient times, when travelers encountering a desert encampment could expect the generosity of his host. That spirit of hospitality is central to Saudi society and guides the Kingdom’s tourism industry. Wherever you go in the Kingdom – from the modern metropolitan hotels to remote desert camps – you will be treated with the utmost courtesy, given every assistance and welcomed with open arms.