Discover The Unique Winter Wonders Of Saudi Arabia

Winter in Saudi Arabia

Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a beautiful land where diversity meets hospitality.

Winter in Saudi is a special time of the year. This year, Saudi has prepared a new experience for all, from the snow-top mountains of Tabuk to the lush green valleys of Al Baha and the pristine beaches of Umluj.

Saudi Arabia has many natural and historical landmarks and has been a cradle of many civilizations and cultures that existed in Arabian peninsula for thousands of years. Every part of Saudi offers a galore of different experiences leaving its visitors a mixture of curiosity and excitement.

Saudi Tourism Authority has recently announced the start of the winter season adventure campaign which will continue until the end of March, offering 300 touristic experiences in 17 destinations kingdom-wide.

There are lots of private sector establishments providing bespoke experiences in these destinations. The aim of this campaign is to encourage local tourism and promote its winter destinations to contribute to the economy.

The destinations are split into 5 categories

Historical destinations: AlUla, Diriyah, Al-Ahsa

Marine destinations: Yanbu, Umluj, Jazan, KAEC

City destinations: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Al Khobar

Cold destinations: Tabuk, Al-Jouf, Hail

Mountainside destinations: Taif, Al-Baha, Asir

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Scintillating Historical Destinations

Al-Ula

Al-Ula is an unseen wonder to the world. Al-Ula is a living ,open air museum, with rich ecological sites and beautiful mountain formations rarely seen in any other part of Saudi Arabia. It is one of the largest settlements of ancient civilizations in the world. Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO world heritage site and the largest preserved site of Nabataean civilization is situated here. Madakhil known as the grand canyon of Saudi Arabia , which is situated in AlUla is an attractive spot for adventure seekers because of its rugged terrain.

What to do in Al Ula: 

1. Visit Hegra

2. Adventure Hike at Madakhil

3. Dadan and Jabal Ikmah

4. Stargazing at the desert

5. Explore Alula farms

6. Al Ula archeological museum

7. Al Ula Old town

8. Maraya Concert Hall

Al Ahsa

The modern historical capital of Saudi Arabia, the date producing Oasis of Al-Ahsa is situated in the Eastern Province. The history of Al-Ahsa goes back more than 4,000 years BC. Al-Ahsa also has a deep history and rich civilization. Al-Ahsa inhibits more than 2.5 million date palm trees and recently in October they received Guinness World record as the world’s largest date palm oasis.

Where to go in Al Ahsa:

1. Alhasa palms

2. King Abdullah Park

3. Al Ahsa national Park

4. Jawatha city

5. Jabal Al Qarah

6. Souq Al Qaisariya

7. Ibrahim Palace

8. Al Ahsa Museum

Ad-Diriyah

Known as the home of kings and heroes, Ad-Diriyah is represented as the Historic Jewel of Saudi Arabia and it continues to offer a mesmerizing glimpse into traditional life in Saudi Arabia. It is only minutes away from the capital, Riyadh. Once the first capital of Saudi Arabia and enduring memorial of the past nations, Ad-Diriyah is an area of beauty. Al-Diriyah embraces the Al-Turaif neighborhood, which is one of the sites on the UNESCO World heritage list and it is home to one of the kingdom’s most ambitious Vision 2030 heritage developments. The site has been carefully preserved, to provide its visitors with the opportunity to recall the history of kings and heroes.

Where to go in Ad-Diriyah:

1. House of Al-Subaie

2. Diriyah Gate

3. Wadi Hanifa

4. Diriyah Museum

5. Al Bujairy Heritage Park

Silent Sightseeing for Nature Lovers Marine destinations

King Abdulaziz Economic City -KAEC

KAEC is around 120 kilometers north of Jeddah along the coast of the Red Sea is a modern city. From greenery to luxury this man-made city has a lot to offer. The quintessential KAEC boasts one of the most beautiful and serene beaches and activities include those both water and land adventures and it is rich with rich diversity of aquatic life. This is a perfect seaside where one can have barefoot walks along the blue turquoise water.The coral reefs and distinctive sea life is filled with nature and natural beauty.The natural lagoon in KAEC offers many aquatic activities which offers a unique experience for its visitors.

What to do in KAEC:

1. Royal Green Golf Course

2. Juman Park

3. Yam Beach

4. Green Arts Park

5. Esmeralda Sports Complex

6. Pure Beach

7. K-Max

8. Lagoon Escape

Yanbu

Yanbu is known as Pearl of the Red Sea and is a multi faceted city with pristine and picturesque beaches, serene shores and vivacious streets. Yanbu represents a well known marine destination for those who enjoy serene beaches and pure nature.The beaches have a lot of enjoyable activities to offer and it is home to scuba divers paradise as they have some amazing diving spots to choose from untouched coral reefs to old shipwrecks. Al Balad is an old yanbu town that is a must see which is rich with historical buildings.

Where to go in Yanbu:

1. Yanbu Al Bahr

2. Yanbu Al Nakheel

3. Yanbu Al Sinaiyah

4. Yanbu Historic Area

5. Yanbu Lake Park

6. Radwa Museum

7. Souq Al Layl

Umluj

Situated in the North west of Saudi Arabia next to the Red sea, Umluj is a small coastal town with exceptional beauty when you look around. Umluj is endearingly called as Maldives of Saudi Arabia for a reason- with beaches of pure white sand, clear, turquoise blue waters, abundant corals and pristine beaches. Umluj offers rich biodiversity and that makes it an amazing location for snorkeling and diving. It’s a perfect beach getaway for sea lovers. Umluj is a great place for any bird watching enthusiast. Diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea is considered the best in the world.

What to see/do in Umluj:

1. Hop Around Umluj

2. Ride boats for sea trip

3. Visit the Umluj castles

4. Old City

5. Al Mogawah caves

6. Moon Land

Jizan

Jizan is known as southern pearl which extends 200 km along the Red Sea coast. Jizan is located at the south of Saudi Arabia. Jizan is known for its clear crystal turquoise waters and amazing coral reefs. It has beautiful sand back beaches with endemic species of birds and corals. Farasan Islands is a protected archipelago consisting of 84 islands which is known for the pristine beaches, its crystal clear waters, coral reefs, diversity of its wild and colorful marine nature, in addition to the rare living creatures that inhabit it. A visit to Wadi lajab valley is mesmerizing which is characterized by its greenery which makes the sides of the mountains a beautiful garden.

Where to go in Jizan:

1. Farasan Islands

2. Wadi Lajab

3. Fayfa peak.

4. Qassar Heritage Village

5. Ottoman Fort

6. Heritage village of Jazan

7. Hot water Springs

8. Feefa Mountains

Bustling City destinations

Jeddah

The cosmopolitan coastal city of Jeddah is in the west of Saudi Arabia known as The Bride of Red Sea. The city that never sleeps won’t allow you to sleep from all the variety it offers. To discover Jeddah, you will have to sail its raging coasts, visit the luxurious Corniche, devour popular seafood delicacies, enjoy majestic palaces, and historical and archeological landmarks. Jeddah has a lot to offer; from art and culture, history and heritage to food and coffee. Don’t miss Al Balad the UNESCO heritage site.

What to See/ Do in Jeddah:

1. Historical Jeddah

2. Jeddah Waterfront

3. Fountain

4. Shopping

5. Visit Tayebat City

6. Fakieh Aquarium

7. Flag Pole

8. Obhur

Riyadh

The capital of Saudi Arabia is often called the city of gathering home beauty, charm and glory. Riyadh embraces a unique blend of culture and history, shopping and entertainment, business and leisure with never ending entertainment events throughout the year. Riyadh is a modern-day metropolis, complete with towering skyscrapers and a 99-floor sky bridge. The winter months are an ideal time to visit Riyadh when the temperature drops to 20s Celsius.

What to See/ Do in Riyadh:

1. Faisaliyah and Mamlaka Towers

2. Al Masmak Fortress

3. Edge of the world

4. Al Salam Park

5. Riyadh Front

6. Saudi National Museum

7. The Skybridge at Kingdom Tower

8. Ushaiqer Heritage Village.

Dammam and Al Khobar

The eastern province is a bustling metropolitan city which boasts endless views of the tranquil Arabian Gulf. It is known for its lush green parks, airy waterfronts and sandy beaches and it is highly enjoyable in the winter as temperature is in the lower 20 degrees Celsius during the day during winter. It is home to the kingdom’s first street-art exhibition, in Al Khobar’s Bayoonya district, and offers a range of cultural hubs and museums as well.

What to see/Do in Dammam and Al Khobar:

1. Prince Saud Bin Naif Park

2. Corniche

3. Muraikabat Mountain Park

4. Al Amer Art Gallery

5. AL Khobar traditional village

6. Saihat Park

7. Dareen Island

8. King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Itra)

Into the Stratosphere Mountainside destinations

Al Baha

Al Baha is known as the Garden of Hejaz because of its uniqueness of the city. Located in the southwest of Saudi Arabia, the beautiful mountainous area of Al Baha provides visitors with gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes and scenery. Al Baha has loaded with enchanting beauty with natural valleys, plains, mountains, waterfalls, forests and a coastal plain (Tihama). Shada Mountain located in Al Baha is a unique model in its geological formation and it carries the largest plant diversity in the region and rises 1700 meters above sea level.

What to See/ Do in Al Baha:

1. Dhee Ayn Village

2. Raghadan Forest Park

3. Al Baha Museum

4. Kherah Forest Park

5. Al khalb park

6. Alkhairah Waterfalls

7. Shada Mountain

8. Umm Al Dageeg Valley

Taif

The old summer retreat of people in the neighboring cities. Located in the mountains, Taif is a popular summer holiday spot around 2-hour drive from Jeddah. Ta’if is a fertile region known for its rose farms, as well as grapes, fig, pomegranates and honey production. There are plenty of things to see and do in Taif, including cable cars to the top of the mountain in Al Hada, Al Rudaf Park, a large natural park with interesting rock formations and a small zoo.

What to See/Do in Taif:

1. The old market

2. Wadi Sisad

3. AlHada Chair Car

4. Wadi Mehrim

5. Al Rudaf Park

6. Pre-Islamic souk

7. Jabal AlDakka

8. Rose Farms

Asir

Asir is a gift of fascinating nature, renowned for its mountain forests and towering peaks. The cool highland for all seasons, with its beauty and magic offers breathtaking views and thrilling adventures. The climate of Asir is best among the kingdom, as cold and rainy during all the seasons. Abha the capital city of Asir region is known as city of fog. Abha is located in Asir Governorate perched on the mountains of Sarawat. Asir is known for its diverse cultures and landscapes is situated above 2,270 m above sea level. Asir region has a lot to offer for its visitors from the view of rugged peak served by cable car to agricultural lowlands.

What to See/Do in Asir:

1. Cable Car

2. Al Sahab Park

3. Rijal Alma Museum and Village

4. Souq Althulata

5. Jabal Al Souda and Al Souda Park

6. Abha Dam and Park

7. Al Muftaha Village

8. Asir National Park

Mesmerizing Cold destinations

Tabuk

Situated at the north west of Saudi Arabia and close to the Jordan border , Tabuk is surrounded by nature’s giants and beautiful landscapes. It has beautiful beaches, islands and superb nature and natural surroundings. One of the famous valley Wadi Disah is a breathtaking valley full of amazing sculpted sandstone cliffs and pillars and beautiful lush palm trees. The historical monuments back to Thamud, Aramean and Nabataeans civilizations.

What to See/Do in Tabuk:

1. Catalina Seaplane Wreckage

2. Wadi Disah

3. Louz Mountain

4. Magna

5. NEOM

6. Al-Nasla Rock

7. Taayib Ism Valley

8. Tabuk Beaches

Al Jouf

Located in the north of Saudi Arabia, bordering Jordan, is known for its fertile soil and home of the original olive oil cultivation, with an estimated 13 million olive trees. Al Jouf offers tons of culture and history and a flavorful culinary scene to explore.It has the largest modern olive farm which produces 15,000 tons of olive per year which has been awarded Guinness world record.

What to See/ Do in Al Jouf:

1. Rajajil Historical Site

2. Zaabal Castle

3. Modern Olive Farm

4. Marid Castle

5. Hawwas Hot Water Spring

6. Jouf Museum

7. Kaf

8. The Lake

Hail

Located in the North Center region of Saudi Arabia, the city of Hail was once the capital of the Arabian Desert. Hail is a city filled with generosity and authentic hospitality is called the home of Hatem el Ta’ey. The Hail region is home to rock art now classified as a UNESCO World 8 Heritage Site. A trip to Hail will never be complete without visiting the Al Nufud desert. If you’re an adventure seeker along with a dose of history, culture, set your sights on Hail.

What to See/Do in Hail:

1. Jubbah Archaeological City

2. Al Qislah Palace

3. Hail Regional Museum

4. Al Nafud Desert

5. Barzan Castle and Traditional Market

6. A’arif Fort

7. Hail Souq

8. Faid Historical City

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