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Saudi Arabia Holiday

This land of Bedouin hospitality, desert dunes and Red Sea beaches is largely unexplored by Westerners, but offers incredible experiences to adventurous travelers.

Though Saudi Arabia has not always been open to non-Muslim travelers, the nation has recently become more welcoming of Western tourism. Explore incredible desert and coastal landscapes, modern cities and archaeological sites. Get a sense of the country’s complex Arabic culture and Bedouin history.

Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, has a small core of historic buildings at Qasr Al-Hokm, but is otherwise a thoroughly modern city. The hot middle of the day is the best time to discover Islamic architecture, art and Saudi Arabia’s natural history in the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. Cool off in huge air-conditioned malls and enjoy shopping. Some malls have floors exclusively for women. Spend late afternoons exploring the souks where you can find bargain antiques, Arabic rugs, spices and jewelry.

Head to the coast to explore Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s bustling commercial port town, and stay in luxury oceanfront hotels. Walk along the Jeddah Corniche, the beautiful waterfront stretch of fountains, statues and green parkland. Watch the sun set over the Red Sea. Visit the historic houses of coral in Al Balad. Explore historic art and furniture exhibits in the 19th-century Naseef House.

Take a daytrip to the cooler mountain region of Taif. Rose and fruit farms line the hills. Nature reserves are a haven for wildlife such as monkeys. You’ll even find a small zoo at Al Radf Park. Drive to the Turkish Fort where Lawrence of Arabia is said to have once fought. See the nearby rock carvings at the site of a pre-Islamic souk.

Throughout Saudi Arabia you’ll find interesting towns, such as Najran, where homes and the town fortress are made of mud brick. Visit the date-growing region of Al Ahsa to see archaeological finds in the museums and historic buildings. However, some places in Saudi Arabia are still closed to non-Muslims such as Mecca, the holy site of the Islamic religion where the Prophet Muhammad was born. Some sites require that you are accompanied by a tour guide.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Saudi Arabia?

A: Many travellers like to use public transportation or ride-sharing services when they're holidaying in Riyadh or Jeddah. It's a terrific way of avoiding pricey parking fees and having to navigate through heavy city traffic. But if you're planning to head out of town and discover the region of Riyadh or elsewhere, you may want to consider booking a car. Get your scenic road trip off to a flying start by checking out our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Saudi Arabia.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Saudi Arabia?

A: Most foreign travellers to Saudi Arabia arrive into one of these popular airport terminals:

  • Jeddah (JED-King Abdulaziz Intl.): 5,021 international flights per month.
  • Riyadh (RUH-King Khaled Intl.): 3,149 international flights per month.
  • Dammam (DMM-King Fahd Intl.): 1,412 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Saudi Arabia?

A: Some of the most commonly booked types of accommodation in Saudi Arabia include apart-hotels, apartments and villas. You might also like to book one of the hotels. You'll find all of these types of properties when you book with Expedia.

Q: What does a Saudi Arabia holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: It's entirely your choice. Combine hotels, flights and cars, or simply pick one option. You can also add some top attractions and experiences to your travel itinerary. Whatever you're hoping for, we can help you plan a holiday in Saudi Arabia that's right for you.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Saudi Arabia?

A: You'll see the savings add up when you lock in a Saudi Arabia holiday package through Expedia. Combine your Flights, Hotels and Rental Cars and enjoy unbeatable discounts, such as up to 42% off select properties. You'll soon be looking at your dream holiday with a price tag that might just surprise you.

Q: What are the best things to do in Saudi Arabia?

A: To get the ball rolling, you could visit Al Batha Market and National Museum of Saudi Arabia. If you plan to be in Riyadh for an extra day or two, Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre is another traveller favourite.

If your travel agenda features Jeddah instead, Red Sea Mall, Gate to Makkah and King Faisal Specialist Hospital are all fantastic choices.

Finally, if Mecca is your only stop, be sure to swing by Kaaba, Great Mosque of Mecca and Abraj Al-Bait Towers.




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Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences AU$243
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Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences

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    The rooms were very nice. Service was awesome. Check in was excellent.

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    Novotel Riyadh Al Anoud

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      Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya AU$253
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      Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya

      Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya

      Olaya Road, Al Olaya District, Riyadh
         
        4.3 of 5
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        Friendly staff. Very helpful. Nice rooms that are comfortable. Breakfast was excellent- lots of food. Stayed during coronavirus time and staff made all precautions to ensure safety and clean rooms and areas.

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          Average. Spacious. B

          Coral Al-Ahsa Hotel
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          Coral Al-Ahsa Hotel

          Coral Al-Ahsa Hotel

             
            3.9 of 5
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            Hyatt Place Riyadh Al Sulaimania AU$151
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            Hyatt Place Riyadh Al Sulaimania

            Turki Ibn Abdullah Al Saud Street, Riyadh, Riyadh
               
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              Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa AU$649
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              Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa

              Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa

              Al Hamra District, Southern Corniche, PO Box 5863, Jeddah
                 
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                Q Suites Jeddah By EWA

                Prince Saud Al Faisal Street, Jeddah, Makkah
                   
                  3.4 of 5
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                  I actually booked this hotel overt an offer for my honeymoon, I was amazed by the great service provided, smooth check in, clean rooms, comfortable large rooms, wonderful location, and great value. I was so glad to chose this hotel as am pretty sure that I will come back here again Thank you

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