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Top Choice Historic Site in Al Ula

Old Al Ula

Old Al Ula is one of the most picturesque old towns on the Arabian Peninsula. The mud-brick town of about 800 structures stands on the reputed site of the biblical city of Dedan, mentioned in Isaiah (21:13) as home …
Top Choice Castle in Tabuk

Tabuk Castle

Dating to 1559, Tabuk Castle was refurbished in 1950 and underwent full restoration in 1992. It's now a museum, with thorough signage and a room reserved for video presentations. The castle features a ground-floor m…
Top Choice Souq in Jeddah

Souq Al Alawi

This souq runs off Al Dahab St and is the most extensive in the Kingdom. The market stalls cut into the heart of the old city and buzz with the activity of traders and pilgrims. Search long enough and you will find …
Top Choice Aquarium in Jeddah

Fakieh Aquarium

This aquarium offers a wide range of fish species, including sharks, as well as turtles and other marine life. Ladies'-only night is Wednesday. The complex also features an ice-skating rink and an arcade for the chi…
Top Choice Historic Site in Tabuk

Hejaz Railway Station

This outpost of the early-20th-century Hejaz Railway is in the heart of the city, with 13 recently refurbished Hejazi-inspired buildings stretching over 80,000 sq metres. The station includes a workshop, a handicraf…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Riyadh

Najd Village

Serving Saudi food in a Saudi setting (designed like a central-region village), this place is almost unique in the Kingdom. It’s the perfect place to sample kasba (meat with rice) or the Najd-region speciality, hash…
Top Choice Mountain in Al Ula

Jebel Khuraibah

The fortress and three peaks of Jebel Khuraibah once formed part of the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lihyan. Rock-cut tombs squat at the foot of the peaks, the most impressive being the ‘Lion Tomb’ – named for …
Top Choice Museum in Jeddah

Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilisation

This privately owned four-floor collection ranges from pre-Islamic artefacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to stunning furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dress. Replicas of home interi…
Top Choice Seafood in Al-Khobar

Al-Sanbok

Al-Sanbok is particularly famous for its fish and seafood, supplied by its own fishing boats. The cuisine is ‘international’ in style, and is delicious - the tom yum kung soup (SR22) is legendary. Much patronised by…
Top Choice Turkish in Jeddah

Yildizlar

With appealing decor and a comfortable atmosphere, Yildizar is a local institution serving a splendid mix of Turkish and Lebanese food. Dishes range from grilled quail and boneless pigeon to caviar, fabulous fish di…