Welcome to Saudi Arabia
The birthplace and spiritual home of Islam, Saudi Arabia is as rich in attractions as it is in stirring symbolism. It is also one of the most difficult places on Earth to visit.For those who do get in, rock-hewn Madain Saleh is Arabia's greatest treasure. Other wonders abound, from the echoes of TE Lawrence along the Hejaz Railway to the mud-brick ruins of Dir'aiyah. Fascinating Riyadh is a showpiece for modern... Read More
Top experiences in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia activities
Liwa Oasis Desert Safari from Abu Dhabi
Begin your desert experience with a pickup from your centrally located Abu Dhabi hotel. Meet your expert driver-guide, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle, and then set off toward the southern edges of the UAE.As you travel, hear fascinating facts about the Liwa Oasis, a series of oases at the north of the Rub Al Khali or "Empty Quarter," the world’s largest desert of continuous sand. This immense desert extends from the southern UAE to southern Saudi Arabia, and into Oman and Yemen, and was once home to the tribes who went on to settle Abu Dhabi.Along the way, gaze out at the desert scenery and watch as the sand changes color from creamy yellow to dark orange. Then, after around two hours, arrive on the outer fringes of Liwa and marvel at the ocean of dunes that stretches endlessly before you.Follow the black-topped roads through the dunes and feel the thrill as your driver steers you off road onto the sands for a roughly 2-hour desert drive. Have your camera ready as you rumble past the incredible dunes, lush oases, desert settlements and camel farms. As you explore, your guide will point out places of interest and interesting indigenous flora. Keep a watch, too, for desert wildlife such as the nimble Arabian gazelle, rabbits and lizards, and hear how they forage for food and water in this arid expanse.After working up an appetite, stop at an oasis to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Savor goodies such as chicken pasta, fruit salad and muffins teamed with refreshing soda and water, and drink in the overwhelming silence and sense of emptiness around you as you eat.Explore further after lunch and then, when the time comes, head back to the bustle of Abu Dhabi. Your trip ends with a drop-off back at your hotel in the late afternoon.
Desert Safari with Overnight Camping from Doha
Be picked up from your accommodation in Doha at 2:00pm and get ready for a life-time experience. This trip will take you to the amazing sand dunes in the south and to the inland sea, which is the natural border to Saudi Arabia. Dune bashing is such a popular sports activity in Qatar. The tires on your vehicle will be deflated at Sealine Beach Resort before the adventure begins.Have a couple of photo stops before arriving at the camp at approximately 4:30pm. Upon arrival at the camp there will be free time for swimming, sun bathing, beach volley ball and sand boarding. A mixture of BBQ and Arabic dishes will be served at 630pm. Spend overnight at the camp.Enjoy sand boarding, a camel ride or simply just swimming. Watch the stars during night time, while listening to the music next to the bonfire.Breakfast will be served around 6.30am and a drive back to Sealine Beach Resort for the inflation of tires will commence at 7.30am. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Doha around 9.00am. Be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Camel Race Watching
Race Race Race "Ships of the desert" The name for thousands of years and anyone can understand they played a very important role in the life of the people in the desert. Camels were the chief means of transport and a symbol of wealth in olden days. Camels played a vital role in the life of Bedouins in Oman. The very existence of Bedu’s depended on camels and they never beat or ill-treat camels. They had real affection for camels and always camel’s welfare come first. In modern times, though camels are used to carry goods in the desert, it is also used for entertainment, celebrations during special festivals and for competitions. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos followed a policy of compromise between tradition and modernisation. He paid attention to the deep-rooted Omani tradition and heritage and at the same time introduced every means for development and modernisation. The Sultan has set up the Royal Camel Corps which provide necessary care and supervision of private camels. It also imparts necessary training and grooming programmes and popularise the sport of camel racing among camel owners. In selected Wilayats, camel racing is conducted for two days. According to the age of the camel, there will be twelve rounds of races on the first day and the actual competition takes place on the second day. It consists of five rounds of racing. There are many conditions to be fulfilled for the camel racing such as the camel should be of Omani origin, it should not be a cross-breed, the camel owner must be an Omani etc. Camel racing is almost similar to horse racing and is an authentic Arab sport among the Arabian Peninsula Arabs. Camel racing is a very popular sport in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Mongolia, Bahrain and Qatar. It is a sport where camels’ race at speeds of up to 65 kmph on tracks built particularly for this type of camel race. In each selected Wilayat, valuable prizes ranging from cash prizes to cars are awarded. No doubt these festivals boost Omani tourism. Camel races are generally held on Public holidays and during the annual National Day celebrations. Seeb, Salalah, the Interior and Batinah regions are the important places where camel races are conducted. Winning camels are sold for huge amounts of money. What has been a tradition in Oman has now become a highly competitive professional sport attracting thousands of fans all over the world.
Half Day Private Tour: Desert Delights from Manama
You English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel at 9am, and take you first to Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al-Fatih Fort. Built in 1812, the spectacular fort sits at a high vantage point overlooking the surrounding desert.Next you'll visit the first oil well where Bahrain's oil industry began more than 70 years ago. People are often surprised to learn that Bahrain was pumping oil years before Saudi Arabia began its own search for black gold. In fact, Standard Oil, of California, formed the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) in 1929, and Bahrain's first well was studded in October 1931, with oil found the following year at Jebel Dukhan, or Smokey Mountain. "Well Number 1," now a landmark tourist site in Bahrain, once produced 9,600 barrels a day. Next proceed to the Oil Museum which is next to the First Oil Well. The Oil Museum was officially inaugurated in 1992. It houses old drilling equipment, samples of rocks found underground, topographical maps and some information about the companies that had participated in the exploration for oil (Oil Museum is open only on Friday) . The last attraction for the day will be the tree of Life. An Acacia tree which survives itself for more than 400 years in the middle of the Bahrain desert without any water supply. Some believe this tree belongs to the Garden of Eden.After the tour you'll be taken back to your hotel, at around 1pm.
Bahrain Historical Private Half Day Tour
You will be met by your English speaking guide in your hotel lobby and proceed for the tour. The first stop of the day will be at the Ahmed Al Fateh Grand Mosque. This mosque is the largest mosque in the country which can accommodate 7,000 worshipers and has been crowned with the worlds largest fiberglass dome. The next visit will be the Bait Al Quran. It is one of the island's most attractive pieces of architecture and is the home to an immensely fair and valuable collection of Islamic manuscripts collected from all around the Islamic world. Moving on, the tour will proceed to Bahrain National Museum. One of the first museums in the Gulf, the Bahrain National Museum opened in 1988 and its the place to learn Bahrain's history, culture and traditions. Next, you will have brief stop by the Bahrain World Trade Center for a photo stop. The Bahrain World Trade Center is 240 m (787 ft) high and the twin tower complex located in Manama was built in 2008. It is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design. The last visit of the day will be the King Fahad Causeway. Opened in 1986, this remarkable 25km feat of engineering links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The causeway traverses Umm Al Nasan Island, which is a sanctuary for wildlife and at the halfway point there is a facility area, including a tower restaurant, which you can visit even if you don't travel the whole distance to Saudi Arabia. You will then be returned to your hotel in Manama.
Old and New Sites of Bahrain
Guests will be met by your English speaking guide in the hotel lobby at either 09.00 or 14.00 and proceed for a 4-hour sightseeing tour. First up visit the Bahrain Fort. Thought to be once the centre of power for the ancient Dilmun civilization, Qal'at Al Bahrain (Bahrain Fort) has UNESCO World Heritage status. The Bahrain Fort occupies a strategic military position where the navigation movement could be watched. Excavations have revealed ancient soldier's barracks, horse stables, an ammunition depot, a secret passageway, ceramic utensils and Islamic and Chinese currency coins. Next up you will go to the Bahrain Fort Museum. Open to the public since 2008, the site museum display area consists of 5 exhibition halls organized around a massive Wall. With 500 artefacts showcased, the long settlement history of the site is evoked to the unique backdrop of the wall, which recreates the different archaeological layers uncovered at the site.Moving on, you will visit the Royal Camel Farm. This farm was owned by His Highness Late Sheikh Mohamed Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the uncle of the King of Bahrain. There are more than 500 camels in this farm. Have your camera ready to pose with the camels, as they are very friendly. The final stop will be at King Fahad Causeway that opened in 1986. This remarkable 25km feat of engineering links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most expensive bridges in the world. The causeway traverses Umm Al Nasan Island, which is a sanctuary for wildlife, and at the halfway point there is a facility area, including a tower restaurant, which you can visit even if you don't travel the whole distance to Saudi Arabia.You will then be returned to your hotel in Manama.