Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/saudi-arabia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
Arab News (www.arabnews.com) Up-to-the-minute news from a Saudi perspective.
Saudi Tourism (www.sauditourism.com.sa) Some useful information and pointers.
Saudi Arabian Information Resources (www.saudinf.com) History, culture, economics and helpful links.
What to Take
- Bags of patience for the Saudi bureaucracy
- High-factor suncream
- Good walking sandals
- Arabic phrase book
- International Driving Permit
- Light head scarf (less conspicuous than a sunhat)
- Reusable bottle with a filter: tap water is not safe to drink
- Abaya (robe-like dress) and scarf for women
What to Wear
Saudi Arabia has a conservative dress code. Men should wear bottoms that drop below the knee and tops that are elbow length, while women must wear abayas (robe-like dresses) and scarves in public.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
- Valid visa (check for entry/exit restrictions)
- Women: bring a scarf and an abaya (robe-like dress) in carry-on luggage
- If arriving for pilgrimage, ensure you have the relevant vaccines and certificates
- Arrange travel insurance
- If planning to drive, apply for an International Driving Permit