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Travel highlights Saudi Arabia

travel highlights saudi arabia

Al Masjid Al Haram

The biggest mosque in the world, Al Masjid Al Haram is able to host a million worshippers and covers an area of 356,800 sq metres. Here you find the Holy Kaaba, covered in black and gold cloth, around which Muslims can be found circumnavigating night and day (known as tawaf).

Masmak Fortress
This fortress was built in approx. 1865 and represents an empire. The fortress is surrounded by sand. In 1902 a spear was hurled at the main entrance door with such force that the head is still lodged in the doorway.

Jubbah Rock Carvings
This is a pre-Islamic site and open-air art gallery. Covering an area measuring 39 sq km are some of the most impressive rock carvingsyou can imagine, dating from around 5500 BC. 

National Museum
One of the finest museums in the Middle East. The galleries cover Arabian prehistory, history, culture and art.

Prophet’s Mosque
A very large mosque, it is one of only two mosques in the world that can accommodate a million people and is very important to to Muslims all over the world. It is said to have been built by the Prophet himself in AD 622.

Empty Quarter

The Empty Quarter covers almost 655,000 sq km. The Bedouin simply call it 'the sands', and its dunes, which can reach up to 300m high and are known to move up to 30m a year. There is a surprising amount of wildlife.