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If there is a final frontier of tourism left, it's Saudi Arabia. The birthplace and spiritual home of Islam, Saudi Arabia is rich in attractions and stirring symbolism. For Muslims, the cities of Mecca and Medina, rich in Prophetic significance, have no equal, while the carved temples of Madain Saleh, known as the second Petra, and the sophisticated rock art at Jubbah are the Kingdom's greatest pre-Islamic treasures.
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This extraordinary hotel will be carved into the desert near AlUla
Nov 20, 2020 • 2 Min read
Famous French architect Jean Nouvel has unveiled the conceptual plans for a new cave hotel in the deserts of Saudi Arabia near AlUla.
Coachella Valley art exhibition heads from the California desert to Saudi Arabia
Nov 1, 2019 • 2 Min read
From 31 January to 7 March 2020, California-based Desert X is bringing its contemporary art exhibitions from the deserts of the Coachella Valley to the sands…
Hajj Diaries: returning home
Sep 24, 2019 • 6 Min read
In the final instalment of the Hajj Diaries, Tharik documents his return home to England after performing the Hajj.
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Hajj Diaries: the devil within
Sep 20, 2019 • 6 Min read
Lonely Planet writer Tharik Hussain takes us through the most daunting chapter of his Hajj experience yet, the jamarāt (ceremony of ‘stoning the devil’).
Hajj Diaries: the day of reckoning
Sep 6, 2019 • 5 Min read
The latest installment in Tharik Hussain's Hajj Diaries focuses on the intense experience of the day of reckoning.
Hajj Diaries: performing the Hajj
Aug 26, 2019 • 6 Min read
The eagerly awaited third instalment of Tharik's Hajj diaries sees his experience of performing the Hajj proper.
Hajj Diaries: my arrival in Saudi Arabia and the question of hardship
Aug 9, 2019 • 5 Min read
In the second instalment in Lonely Planet writer Tharik Hussain’s Hajj diaries, he guides us through his family’s experience as they leave England for…
Hajj Diaries: my invitation
Aug 6, 2019 • 4 Min read
In the first of a series of posts documenting his attendance of the Hajj in 2019, Lonely Planet writer Tharik Hussain documents his experience from the…
Wildlife & Nature
Botox still banned: Saudi Arabia's camel beauty contest is back
Feb 28, 2019 • 2 Min read
In pursuit of perfectly pouting lips and wrinkle-free noses, competitors at last year’s camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia made international headlines…
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