Saudi Arabia in detail

Travel with Children

Although Saudis are family oriented, the country is not particularly friendly for travelling with children. There are almost no areas dedicated to baby changing, and most restaurants do not offer a children's menu, unless it is a fast-food joint. Also, in most places around the Kingdom, the pavements are not suited for pushchairs.

That is not to say Saudi Arabia is not a place for children – far from it. Children are welcome everywhere and many venues offer discounts for child entry. Almost every mall has a children's amusement or play area built into it, and increasingly waterfront paths up and down the country are integrating more play parks and child-friendly features, such as Jeddah's Corniche.

Specific sights suited to children include the Riyadh Zoo, which is home to a host of exotic animals and birds that will keep little ones entertained, as will the mini train they can ride. There's also Al Hukair Funland in Mecca, which has a host of gentle rides for little ones, but the standout children's entertainment venue has to be Ithra in Dammam, which has a children's museum and cinema and hosts numerous interactive workshops and events throughout the year, from telescope making with recycled materials to storytelling sessions.