7 beautiful places in Saudi Arabia you didn’t know existed

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We already know Saudi Arabia is one of the most gorgeous destinations in the world. Complete with unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, tropical paradise destinations and so much more, there are so many things happening right here at our back door. Here are some beautiful places in Saudi Arabia you simply need to see.

Al Bahah

Al Bahah is a gorgeous city in southwestern Saudi Arabia. The city is known for its enjoyable climate, and it’s surrounded by more than 40 forests, including Raghdan, Al-Zaraeb and Baidan. Al Bahah is often called the “Pearl of Resorts” by locals for its scenic views, high mountains, and Tehama coastal area of the province.

When the city temperatures soar, Al Baha is most beautiful in the spring and summer, making it the perfect spot to getaway this season. Thanks to its moderate climate and cool breeze through May to August, visitors can look forward to days spent basking in nature at Al Baha’s many verdant parks, gorgeous gardens and dense forests. In the summer, a layer of thick fog regularly blankets the mountains side of the city, keeping the heat at bay and inviting visitors to enjoy the fruitful lands that produce an array of fruit and vegetable crops.

Al Soudah


Located in the Asir region of Saudi Arabia, the mountainous area of Al Soudah is roughly  3,015 metres above sea level and so gear up for picturesque views, long road trips, and more.

Farasan Islands

One of Saudi Arabia’s best kept secrets are the Farasan Islands. Located 40 km off the coast of Jizan in the Red Sea, the small group of coral islands is an year-around tourist location, the climate is summery during April to October and is followed short cooler one from November to March. If you’re looking for a beach getaway, this is likely where you’ll get it.

Rijal Almaa

If you haven’t heard of Rijal Almaa, Saudi Arabia’s very own cutesy gingerbread village, then you absolutely need to see it. Making it on to UN’s Best Tourism Villages in the world list, the nearly 900 years old is located 45 minutes away from Abha in the Asir region. If you’re lucky you can even catch one of the famous celebrations and festivals.


Thuwal is a gorgeous coastal  village in Jeddah Governorate, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia. Perfectly poised along the coast of Red Sea in the Hejaz region, the village is located  30 kilometres south of King Abdullah Economic City and 80 kilometres north of Jeddah. There are so many activities for families and solo travelers to enjoy including taking strolls between the palm trees walking path or jog on the sand beach, and of course swimming in the pristine waters too.

Umm Al-Oud Island

Slowly creeping up the radar, Umm Al-Oud Island is one of the most breathtaking islands. The gorgeous island lies in the Red Sea, specifically in Ras Mohaisen, in the Makkah Region. Complete with white sand beaches, a variety of trees, and colorful coral reefs, it’s safe to this is one beach getaway to have on your list.



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Known as the Maldives of Saudi Arabia, Umluj is one of the most picturesque locations in the Kingdom. It’s a Saudi Arabian island located in the Red Sea. Known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and coral reefs, Umluj is defintely high on our must-visit list.

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