Top 10 Hala Yalla App Groups & Communities You Must Join

Our top 10 Hala Yalla app groups you should join

We live, laugh, and learn together from the people in our communities. And communities come to our rescue in trying times like these. Hala Yalla app groups are here to do just that. 

As humans, we feel a strong need to belong. To one another, to our friends and families, to our culture and country. This is because belonging is primal, fundamental to our sense of happiness and well-being.

We’re dependable creatures and need to be part of something. Being in a group, belonging to a community, feeling part of a club, a team or a movement helps us to live better.

At Hala Yalla app groups, we give you a place to share, organize, host, join and do so much more with like-minded people. Read on to find the top 10 public groups you must be part of… 

 

  • Jeddah

One of the oldest cities in the Kingdom, Jeddah is the historic crossroads between ancient and new, traditional and modern. From its enormous Red Sea coastline to spacious architecture, Jeddah is fast-paced and a little rough around the edges.

If your heart belongs in this cultural gateway and you’d like to meet fellow Jeddah-lovers, join the group today!

 

  • All About KAEC

Bird-eye view of the advanced KAEC

Know everything about this next-gen city in KAEC’s group on Hala Yalla. Live a modern and healthy lifestyle, with immense business and development opportunities in King Abdullah Economic City. 

Expand to meet your business aspirations, take your career to new heights, or just visit for a weekend getaway – KAEC is Saudi’s future. 

Join the group today and stay up to date with all things KAEC!

 

  • All Things Apple

All the latest Apple products including MacBook Pro, iWatch, and iPhone X for all Apple-lovers

If you’re a true, ardent Apple fan whose faith in the brand is unshakable, then this is the perfect group for you. 

Obsess over the newest, greatest updates with other iOS lovers, fawn over recent gadgets and get support for all things Apple.

Join the group now!

 

  • Ecommerce Apps UX & Design – Saudi

Good UX design example for Ecommerce apps

Ecommerce apps are changing how you interact with your consumers, it’s a retail outlet in their pocket. When it comes to UX and design of these eCommerce apps, it’s important to understand user behavior and psychology that make your app stand out from the rest. 

Join some of the brightest UX minds to transform Ecommerce in Saudi by being a part of this group.

 

  • Hala Yalla Football Group

Footballers playing on the field

Football is played, broadcasted, and loved all over Saudi Arabia. It’s the Kingdom’s pulse that binds and connects people from all regions. A sport that brings folks together with feelings of belonging, loyalty, and passion. Everyone can be a part of a football community. 

Join the largest football group on Hala Yalla to host, organize, or be part of community matches as well as large-scale tournaments. Cheer for your favorite club as the field calls you, join Hala Yalla’s football group today!

 

  • Adrenaline Adventure Team

An adventurous person jumping between two cliffs

Explore the world outside your comfort zone, whether it’s mountain biking, desert safaris, snorkeling or any other adventurous sport. Nurture your wild spirit and join the group of adventurous explorers on Hala Yalla.

Here are the adventurous places in Saudi you can visit with your team!

  • Sports Group

An assortment of all sports gears placed circularly on a grassy field, including a tennis racket, football, baseball gloves, etc

Sports play a crucial role in building communities and connecting people in a society. As part of our nation’s Vision 2030 goals, we’d like to facilitate mass participation in sports and physical activities among people.

Join the sports group with enthusiastic members on Hala Yalla, find the best sporting activities around you and bond over your favorite games. 

 

  • Nutrition and Health

Essential fruits and vegetables placed in a beautiful heart shape on a wooden surface, teaching you to eat healthy is the nutrition group on Hala Yalla

Good nutrition has a direct effect on the overall wellbeing of a community. The combination of changes in food patterns and sedentary lifestyles among people in the Kingdom has contributed to various health hazards. 

Join the Health and Nutrition group on Hala Yalla to get the perfect support on your fitness journey.

Read more about the Top Benefits of Healthy Eating. 

 

  • Arab Hiking

An adventurer with a backpack heads towards the Saudi mountains in summer, learn more by joining the Arab Hiking group on Hala Yalla

Whether you have thousands of miles logged in the forest or you’re a newbie interested in learning more about the benefits of hiking, joining a hiking group will help you expand your horizons and get outdoors more often. 

Meet avid hikers in Arab Hiking’s group on Hala Yalla and scale the tallest peaks of our magnificent desert. Join the group today!

 

  • Dive Point Divers

A diver surrounded by hoards of fishes near the seabed, among the groups on Hala Yalla

Diving is a team sport. Even though you believe this activity is your solitary, personal chance to connect with the world below the surface, it can get a bit lonely down there, with only fishes for company. 

If you feel like you’re not getting in the water that often, or need your crew to expand, join Saudi’s top divers & explore the deepest parts of the ocean. Join the Dive Point Divers group on Hala Yalla today. 

There you have it! If you’re part of an existing thriving community, reach out to a wider audience through multiple community features on Hala Yalla Super App. 

Let’s come together, the time is now.

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5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in KSA

Learn about 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia

History leaves its mark in the form of architecture, culture, and the arts. Each of these forms asks for preservation. But one thing that still remains even after centuries is the place itself. 

Saudi Arabia is a relatively young country heir to really old history. Its history starts from the 1700s but history in Saudi Arabia dates back to 125,000 years.  

The places, architecture, Saudi heritage, and ruins of history are well preserved and well maintained so that the stories of the past could be passed on from one generation to the next in the intact form. 

There are many historic and pre-historic places in Saudi Arabia. UN acknowledges 5 of these places and lists in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

These 5 gems in Saudi Arabia are as follows:

Al- Hijr Archeological Site (Madain Saleh)

In 2008, Al- Hijr Archeological Site was the first Saudi place to make it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located in the Hejaz region, the Madain Saleh monumental tombs with decorated facades tell stories dating back to the 1st century BC. It features 111 tombs and water wells. 94 of the tombs have the inscriptions and cave drawings.

The ancient name of the site was Hegra. Nabataean Kingdom was the first inhabitants who lived from the 1st BC- 1st CE. 

In Madain Saleh.
In Madain Saleh

At- Turaif District (Ad Diriyah)

Right in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, Ad- Diriyah is the oldest city of modern Saudi Arabia. It was the first capital of the first Saudi dynasty (1744 to 1818). 

In 2010, the site was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the old Najdi architectural style buildings and forts, which is specific to this site only. The site also includes the remains of many ancient palaces on the outskirts of Riyadh- the current capital of Saudi Arabia. 

The site has mud-brick structures from the 15th century that are still intact. These places include Salwa Palace, Saad bin Saud Palace, and Imam Mohammad bin Saud Mosque.

Old building in Diriyah
Old building in Diriyah

Historic Jeddah

The city dates back to the pre-Islamic era as an important place across different civilizations. The gateway to Makkah, Historic Jeddah served as the major port, trade routes, and pilgrims. 

It lies on the eastern shore of the Red Sea, the history of these buildings dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Some notable buildings are Roshan tower houses and Ribats. 

The Old Jeddah Wall is the most distinctive structure in the Historic Jeddah. The wall was built to protect the city from external threats.

Historic Jeddah was added to the UNESCO list in 2014.

Old buildings in historic Jeddah
Old buildings in historic Jeddah

Rock art in the Hail Region

In the Hail province, two sites are archeological assets of the Kingdom.

The rock art of the Hail region is located at the Jebel Umm Sinman hill range. The site has large sandstones that have carvings and inscriptions on the faces of the rocks. There are human figures and animals drawing on the stones.

According to UNESCO, these drawings were made using stone hammers by the ancestors of today’s Arab population.

In 2015 this rock art became the fourth site from Saudi Arabia to make it to the list of World Heritage Sites. 

Rock carvings
Rock carvings

Al- Ahsa Oasis

Al- Ahsa Oasis is the largest oasis in the world for its 3 million trees. 

The oasis has a number of gardens, canals, springs, wells, and a drainage lake. In addition to these natural resources, the site also has historical buildings and archeological sites. 

It’s the largest governorate in east Saudi Arabia representing 20% of the Kingdom’s area. 

The strategic, geographical, and historical location of Al- Ahsa oasis made it one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2018. Also, this site serves as a connection between ancient and modern civilizations. 

Al-Ahsa Oasis.
Al-Ahsa Oasis

Sites on UNESCO World Heritage  Sites Tentative List:

A tentative list is the list of places that the state considers to nominate for the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

The places that are in the Saudi tentative list are:

1. Al-Faw Pre- Islamic City in Central Arabia

On the outskirts of the Empty Quarters, this site has strategic importance. It exists on the ancient trade route heading from south of the Arabian Peninsula to the Arabian Gulf.

2. Darb Zubayda

To visit the Islamic Holy Sites, people from all over the world came to Makkah through this route. Darb Zubayda was the most important ancient travel and trade route.

3. The Farasan Islands

The Farasan Islands consists of over 170 islands and islets of coral reefs. It’s 40- 90 km offshore the south-eastern coast of the Kingdom. 

4. Hejaz Railway

During Ottoman rule, Hejaz Railway was built for travel and trade.  It was built by Sultan Abdulhameed II in 1909. The purpose of the construction was to provide better transportation to the people visiting Islamic Holy Sites. A number of stations are located in the Kingdom but the most prominent stations are in Tabuk, Madain Saleh, and Madinah.

5. Bir Hima- a rock art site in Najran

Bir Hima is a rock art site in Southwest Saudi Arabia. The stone carving belongs to the stone age period (2500- 1000 BC). The area is known for ancient diverse rock art on the faces of the mountains and ancient writings in the Arabian Musnad script.  

In addition to the above-stated sites, ‘Uruq Bani Mu’arid Protected Area’, ‘Dumat Al-Jandal Historical Oasis in Al- Jawf Region’, ‘Egyptian Hajj Road’, ‘Rijal Almaa Heritage Village in Asir Region’ and ‘Syrian Hajj Road’ are also in the tentative list. Hopefully, these sites will become Saudi World heritage sites.

Saudi Arabia is a historical country with modern infrastructure and technology. It can offer you a fusion of the 21st century and the 1st millennium in one place. 

Visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and experience history with a twist of modernity.

While you visit, stay updated with the local community. Stay updated with Hala Yalla.

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Top 7 Natural landscapes in KSA that’ll Leave You in Awe

Top 7 God gifted Natural landscapes in Saudi Arabia

“What’s there to visit Saudi Arabia? There’s just desert.”

You might have heard this question quite a lot and thought to yourself, is it really true?

Well, It’s not!

The truth is, nature has blessed Saudi Arabia with unique natural landscapes, mountains, deserts, and sunny beaches.

Here’s a list of the top 7 natural landscapes in Saudi Arabia that you should visit.

Edge of the World

A natural wall that stands tall on the outskirts of Riyadh is a geological wonder that attracts many tourists throughout the year.

From the top of the cliff, you’ll enjoy an uninterrupted view of the horizon, hence the name!

Standing at the top you’ll notice desert in the distance, a few farms, and camels moving far below.  

The site is famous for off-roading and hiking.  It’s recommended to go in an SUV and stay attentive to the potholes and rocks on the way.

Edge of the world.

Half Moon Bay 

Located in the Al-Khobar city, half-moon bay on the Persian Gulf is the perfect spot for a nice sunny day.

The beach is a popular recreation spot for families. It has palm trees, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and a play area for kids.

Relax on the white sand or take a dip in the sea. You can also go scuba diving in the Persian Gulf. 

Half moon beach
Half-moon beach

Red Sand Dunes

1 hour away from the hustle-bustle of the city, red sand dunes are a peaceful spot. 

The red sand of the desert invites you to enjoy the winter evenings. You can rent motorbikes and enjoy the desert safari.

Red Sand Dunes is also famous by the name ‘the hidden valley’. As mountains and cliffs hide it from the city.

Red sand dunes
Red sand dunes

Jabal Qara

The Jabal Qara caves are located a few kilometers away from the main city of Hofuf.

The mountains in which the caves are located stand 75 meters high, with a flow of air inside. No matter how hot the weather may be outside, the inside of the caves remains cold.

These natural caves have a highly distinctive shape as they were formed by subaerial weathering rather than dissolution.

These caves are also associated with the popular folk tale in Arabian nights- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Jabal Qara caves
Jabal Qara caves

The Farasan Islands

The Farasan Islands in Jizan is a spot that you should visit. It’ll be a refreshing and serene tour that you’ll rejoice all your life.

It’s the archipelago of 84 islands located about 50 km offshore Jizan in the Red Sea. Ferries and local small boats are used on this route to carry tourists.

The crystal-clear Azure water is rich in underwater wildlife and carols reefs.

The mangrove forests, Ottoman fort, Beit Refai, and Qassar heritage Village are few other places to visit on Farasan islands beside beaches. Most of these places are located on the main Farasan island, but you can take a tour of other smaller islands as well. 

benches at the beach
benches at the beach

Elephant Rock

In the middle of Al-Ula plains, there stands a cliff that is as tall as a three-story building. The cliff has a unique shape of the body of an elephant and a slimmer trunk.

This site is becoming the latest tourist attraction. 

If you look around in the plains you’ll notice that elephant rock isn’t the only rock that’ll leave you with invoke your imagination!

Elephant rock
Elephant rock

Al-Ahsa Oasis

60km inland from the coast of the Persian Gulf, Al-Ahsa is the largest self-contained oasis in the world. 

The oasis is home to over 2.5 million date palms. In 2018, this place became a World Heritage site.

In the Oasis there are gardens, canals, springs, wells, drainage lakes, as well as historical buildings and archeological sites.

Al-Ahsa Oasis.
Al-Ahsa Oasis

Take a tour at these places and stay updated with Hala Yalla. Download the app to book a tour of natural landscapes and other places you like.

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Top 10 Travel shows to binge while you can’t travel

The global situation ushering people indoors has definitely thwarted a lot of travel plans. But you can have an equally amazing globe-trotting experience from the comfort of your home.

Yep, you read that right. When platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime provide unlimited binge-worthy fun, it’s gonna take some real effort to get bored at home. 

We’ve compiled a list of top 10 travel, food, and overall adventurous shows for those seeking a touch of wanderlust during the quarantine. Read on!

 

 

  • Parts Unknown

 

Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown

No ‘best travel shows’ list can ever be complete without mentioning this legend. At first, it may seem like a show all about food since it’s host Anthony Bourdain is a former celebrity chef. Soon you’ll realize how different cultures are tied together by the love for food.

He visits cities all over the USA, Europe, and even goes as far as Congo and Libya to explore his love for people, their lifestyles, histories, and of course – good food. 

Bourdain created 12 seasons of the show before he tragically passed away in 2018. The last season was aired posthumously without his legendary voiceovers. 

There’s enough to learn and discover in each of his episodes, so if you’re truly looking for something to binge on – start here!

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQgOKK62GBU

 

  • Planet Earth

 

Planet Earth's cover image

A groundbreaking natural docu-series created by BBC One both seasons of Planet Earth are one of the most extensive and extraordinary shows about our planet. 

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series was filmed over four years across 64 different countries. Covering oceans to the deserts to the polar ice caps and wildlife in all these regions.

The first season was aired in 2006, and owing to its massive popularity, 10 years later in 2016, Planet Eart II was released. Sir David returned to narrate the second season that ventured into jungles, islands, and wild mountains.

A second sequel, Planet Earth III is currently announced and planned to air in 2022.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aETNYyrqNYE

 

  • Street Food: Asia

 

Street Food Title Image

Highlighting street food vendors in almost 9 cities all over Asia, Street Food is your no-frill, on-the-ground, as local as you can imagine food show. From the creators of Chef’s Table, it’s the new addition to Netflix’s growing originals’ list.

Combining mouth-watering food with travel, each 30-minute episode ventures deep into the history, culture, and struggles of vendors and the stories behind their businesses. 

Experience hawker stalls in Thailand, food carts in India and get to know the world beyond from the comfort of your home.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI_LjETc_Ak

 

  • Ugly Delicious

 

Ugly Delicious title image

Chef David Chang is trotting the globe in hunt of the purest and most authentic forms of food. Rather than just being about food, the series focuses more on the culture behind food in these cities.

Each episode highlights one dish or concept and explores how it’s evolved in different regions. Chang picks up one popular food, like tacos, and traces its history with some famous personality always accompanying him. 

Ugly Delicious is available on Netflix.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN_XItALHmM

 

  • Chef’s Table

 

Food is truly viewed as art at Netflix’s original docuseries, Chef’s Table. World-renowned chefs share their deeply personal histories and unique styles within the food industry. The Emmy-winning show is about as close as you can get to eating at a restaurant without physically being there.

This is not just a cooking show. It’s about the chefs who’ve carved their own roads to reach where they are now. Step into their shoes and see food from an artists’ perspective as they create super complicated dishes.

A glimpse behind one of the most sought after dining experiences in the world, from your living room!

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKqj85oo2wI

 

  • Dark Tourist

 

Most tourists, adventurers, and thrill-seekers visit popular attractions like beaches, islands, bustling cities, and museums while on vacation. There are also quite many who visit less-known places associated with ancient cult activities. This is dark tourism. 

And journalist David Farrier is doing just that in his docuseries Dark Tourist. It’s the most infamous and recent trend in travel. Farrier visits wicked, dangerous places like chemical disaster sites, to museums housing controversial artifacts in his 6-episode season. 

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vV1xaLCONw

 

  • Departures

 

Two best friends from Canada heave their backpacks to venture the world in their semi vlogging series. It involves road trips to remote places, street food, and discussions on random things.

Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach end up exploring vast areas of the world, looking for unique and thrilling experiences. They show you how fun and low-budget travel can really be. So you can make some impromptu arrangements when you’re out of quarantine. 

Departures seems totally unscripted and improvised showing us the real, raw face of traveling. 

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nq8UYqKwYc

 

  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father

 

A father and son duo set out to explore places and strengthen their bond. Watching it will bring back memories of traveling with your parents – only with more comedy and mishaps.

British comedian Jack Whitehall takes his senior father, Michael to an adventurous trip across Southeast Asia in the first season. They both learn a thing from each other by taking part in unique experiences. 

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4PihmWMaSI

 

  • Somebody Feed Phil

 

This Netflix original follows Phil Rosenthal, the creator of hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond on his food adventures to Bangkok, Mexico, New Orleans, and more.

He takes viewers on a goodwill tour of culinary exploration with his affectionate and sometimes over-enthusiastic personality. You can virtually travel with Phil and experience authentic cuisines.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv29Sjt7LnA

 

  •  The Kindness Diaries

 

In the Kindness Diaries, former broker Leon Logothetis travels around the world on a vintage motorcycle. It might seem like a weird concept at first. But wait till you hear the twist. For the entirety of his trips, he must rely solely on the kindness of strangers for food, shelter, and fuel.

The acts of kindness offered by strangers are heartwarming and humbling to watch. Leon doesn’t accept any money on his travels but listens to endless endearing stories the strangers offer him. 

Kindness 2 and 3 followed after the success and popularity of the first season,. 

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN51oWwwbqg

So who says you gotta travel far to learn and experience things? You can do it right from the comfort of your home, by binging on these amazing travel shows.

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Places to Visit After the Lockdown is over

Celebrate freedom after lockdown at these places

In the lockdown, what else are we doing than hope for a better future? Daydreaming the time when this all will be over and we’ll be free to roam in the places we like.

Here is a list of some beautiful places in Saudi Arabia that we can visit after months of lockdown.

Edge of the world

Ever wondered what the edge of the world would look like? Go see yourself after the lockdown is over. Edge of the world in Riyadh awaits your arrival. 

It’s a natural wall that stands tall outside Riyadh. It’s a geological wonder that attracts many tourists and locals.

The site is famous for off-roading and hiking. When you reach the top of the cliff, you’ll enjoy an uninterrupted view of the horizon, hence the name!

From atop you’ll notice desert in the distance, a few farms, and camels moving far below.

It’s recommended to go in an SUV and stay attentive to the potholes and rocks on the way.

Two men standing at the edge of the world.
Two men standing at the edge of the world

Red Sand Dunes

Red Sand Dunes is located 1 hour away from the hustle-bustle of the city. On the outskirts of Riyadh, this beautiful land will give you a chance to breathe in the fresh air that you missed during the lockdown.

The red sand of the desert invites you to enjoy the early summer evenings. You can rent motorbikes and enjoy the desert safari.

The area is hidden by high mountains, which gives it its other name ‘ the Hidden Valley’.

Red sand dunes.
Red Sand Dunes

Heritage Village in Ashikar

If you want to take a look at the cultural and traditional heritage of Saudi Arabia, then Ashikar has a lot to offer.

Ashikar is a historical, cultural village located 200 km northwest of the Saudi capital. The old mud buildings are the biggest attraction for the locals and the tourists. There are restaurants that serve traditional delicious food in a cultural ambiance.

This village is turning into one of the Kingdom’s most treasured architectural gems. It’s becoming popular with tourists and locals alike.

Aerial view of the village
Aerial view of the village

Ad- Diriyah

Diriyah is an ancient city that happens to be the origin of the Saudi royal family. It also served as the capital of the first Saudi dynasty from 1744 to 1818.

The ruins of the historic city lay on the outskirts of Riyadh and consist mostly of mud-brick structures that overlook the new city of Turaif. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. 

Visit historical Ad- Diriyah to learn about the historical heritage and architecture of the Kingdom.

Mud building in Ad Diriyah
Mud buildings surround Ad Diriyah

Doos karting

Doos Karting is the first indoor karting where drivers share their passion for karting. You deserve his treat of addictive fun after weeks of boredom.

Once the lockdown is over, rush to Doos Karting to make new records!

Cars in doos karting
Cars in doos karting

You can book a time slot of your choice through the Hala Yalla app. 

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Mysterious and Unique Places in Saudi Arabia

List of Beautiful Places in Saudi Arabia

“Take chances, explore and find new adventures because no matter where you end up, it will always be exactly how it was meant to be, trust me, it will be worth it and you will feel it, and if you don’t, then your journey isn’t over yet

                                                                    – Enaya-

The contrasting images of the modern city and the cultural heritage & architecture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will take you on an incredible journey into the majestic ancient era. The magical azure waters of the Red Sea call out to the soul and effortlessly your mind aligns with the rhythm of the universe. There is an air of mystery in the golden sands of the deserts, the enchanting winds whisper to you the stories of a magnificent past. You can witness unbelievable mountain sceneries and spectacular heritage villages. Why Saudi Arabia? Well, It’s not just culture, it’s a lifestyle. It’s not just traditions, it’s value. I try and write so that I can encompass, even if just a speck of the glorious features of the kingdom and I try to justify its beauty, but all boundaries simply cease to exist. I am left with a never-ending desire to capture and present the Arabian wonders and all I can say is that there is always more than meets the eye!

Al-Bahah (city) & Baljureshi

Just imagine! Taking in a breath of fresh and cold air in the midst of peaceful silence where it’s only you and the melody of nature, would Arabia ever be the first thought to cross your mind? To walk in the midst of clouds is a dream for many, it’s real for those who visit here!

Along the impressively high cliffs of the Sarawat mountains, Al-Bahah and Baljureshi will offer stunning viewpoints on the cliffs of Al-Bahah Province, historical and traditional sites, and satisfying green parks. The city of Al-Bahah will welcome you to a marvelous sight of its finely detailed and picturesque old villages. Although these traditional buildings are now unoccupied, the local residents are proud to see that the visitors are keen on acknowledging skilled carpentry and their glorious ancestral past.

Al Bahah
evening in Al Bahah
  • Al-Bahah Souk: If you are lucky, you will get the chance to see the largest traditional market that is set-up in the city

This souk distinguishes itself as most vendors are locals from the Tihama coastline. All the goods and crafts sold in the souk have been developed by local suppliers and include items such as basil, household items, textiles, livestock and so much more

  • Al-Bahah Museum for Antiquities and National Heritage: This is most definitely a very intriguing place. Located in the city, the museum, which was established by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH), highlights the cultural and historical dimensions and covers the long history of Al-Bahah province

Baljureshi presents one of Al-Bahahah’s most intense views. In fact, from the park located on the base of the majestic rock formation of Jabel Heznah, the panoramic view of the scarp that separates the Mountains of Sawarat from the Tihama plain is simply breathtaking. If you are adventurous in your approach, a climb till the top of the majestic Jabel Heznah will be the perfect activity for you at the end of which you will be rewarded by the highest viewpoint of the entire province.

  • Jabal Mussala Ibrahim – Sheda: Does Arabia = heat, dust, desert and sand dunes? You will be surprised! The Jabal Mussala Ibrahim presents from a distance its resplendent silhouette with its sharp granite peak pointing to the sky, the view is nothing less than monumental. When you get close, a small road leads you to the hidden treasure that the place actually holds: a village perched halfway to the top, called Sheda. There are other charming sights on your way to this village in the sky, not an exaggeration! It happens to be 1600 meters above sea level! You will experience a dramatic change in the weather, especially during summers, as it will get much cooler as you arrive closer to this destination.
Jabal Mussala Ibrahim
Jabal Mussala Ibrahim
  • Zee Al-Ayn historical village: This enchanting historical village will take you by surprise. The striking contrast of the white structure against the darker shades of the Sarawat mountain backgrounds is a delightful sight and a nearby natural spring that provides water to a lush oasis surrounding the bottom of the hill completes this iconic view. This historical village is an interesting example of traditional human settlements that were well suited to their climate and to their social and financial statuses.

Al-Jawf Province

  • The Dumat Al-Jandal: This oasis is located in the heart of Al-Jawf province. Visit the local palm grove provides tourists with an enjoyable and tranquil experience; green fields and plants are distributed with apparent anarchy that reveals the area’s natural lushness. Palm trees provide the most exquisite dates. A definite place to visit for an exclusive and tranquil experience.
  • Nefud Al-Kebir: A characteristic feature of the Nefud Al-Kebir is its sand’s plethora of colors ranging from not only the regular beige to red, but also from yellow to white on its edges. Another interesting feature is the shape of the hilly yet scalable dunes. However, the most fascinating part is that it hosts some of the world’s most brilliant rock art. This place has to be on your list!
Nefud Al-Kebir rock art
Nefud Al-Kebir rock art
  • Rajajil is a mysterious ancient site located on a sandstone terrace, south of Sakakah. The conundrum of the site’s standing stones has attracted widespread interpretations and among them, tales of fear and superstition also go around. Archeological excavations have revealed that Rajajil is actually a burial site. It is possible to identify more than 50 burial sites, ranging from single trench tombs to structures of funerary chambers. A place that will definitely enlighten your historic spirit.
  • Za’abal Castle: Za’abal castle sits on a mountaintop in the northwest corner of Saudi Arabia. It is a mud and stone castle situated on top of a functioning well system, which has been operating throughout the city of Sakakah for years. The castle is believed to have been built about 200 years ago, consisting of a wall guarded with four watchtowers and a water reservoir. Archeological evidence, however, shows that there have been several structures on this site since the first century AD. This impressive location, at the highest point in the region, offers it a spectacular view of the city.
Za’abal Castle
Za’abal Castle

Aseer Province

  • Abha is the largest city at a high altitude. It is about 2,200 meters above sea level, BUT the skies fall here! Among the most attractive features is the display of tremendous traditional architecture. Jabal Al-Akhdar- The Green Mountain provides one of the best views of the entire city and its surrounding mountains, as far as the tip of the mighty Sarawat Ranges. The Al-Basta district is one of the oldest villages in the Abha valley where you will find beautiful and vibrant conventional architecture and enjoy its quaint streets.
  • The Ottomans constructed many landmarks in the region, including the Al-Basta Bridge and the Shamsan Fort which overlooks the northern part of Abha at the beginning of the 16th century (BC). The fort is a 91 meter long and 25-meter wide rectangle with three towers and a gate on the southwest wall. Several rooms and services open onto the inner courtyard of the castle.
  • Dhahran Al-Janub’s old village is a beautiful testament to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ancient traditional mud-brick buildings. There are still panels along the old street with inscriptions that surround you in an aura of the past, and even though the village is no longer populated, tourists can still experience the atmosphere that enlivened these streets not so long ago.
Dhahran Al-Janub's old village
Dhahran Al-Janub’s old village
  • The road leading from Abha to Jabal Sawdah, which is the highest point in the kingdom, runs through Moshebah’s hilly landscapes. These sights smash all prejudices about Saudi Arabia as the scenery here is all about mountains and greenery, the absolute opposite of typical sand dune landscapes.
  • The first picture that comes to your mind with regard to Saudi architecture is the artistic and dynamic Rijal Alma’s buildings. The landscape surrounding Rijal Alma ‘ is made up of steep hills overlooking a sinuous path that once carried spices and incense fruits into the Arabian Peninsula’s interior and a valley running towards the Tihama plain. It offers stunning sights and is a must-visit destination. 
Rijal Alma's buildings.
Rijal Alma’s buildings.

Hail Province

  • White Volcanoes (The lava fields of the Harrat Khaybar): This is also referred to as the volcanic wonder of Arabia. The jewel of the Harrat Khaybar lies at the center, where there is a very rare type of volcano made of silica-rich magma which gives it a white color. The two largest volcanoes are the Jabal Abiadh and the Jabal Bayda, whose grandiose majesty is stunning. 
  • Shuwaymis: This world-famous site contains some of the earliest and most impressive carvings and rock art of the Arabian Peninsula. The sequence that emerges from an evaluation of the hunting scenes divides rock art into an exclusive hunting period, a herding period and a later period of camel depictions. This is a fascinating place to be.
Rock art in Hail
Rock art in Hail

Jizan Province

  • Farasan Islands: It consists of 84 islands made up of coral reefs located approximately 40 kilometers offshore from the town of Jizan. With its beaches, its crystal clear waters, and its rich land and underwater wildlife. The uninhabited islands serve as breeding grounds for a large number of birds. Farasan waters also host many kinds of dugongs, sea turtles, lobsters, manta rays, lionfish, eels, etc. It is particularly famous for its parrot-fish (hareed). The land reserve has a very special feature with the Farasan Islands Gazelle, whose graceful silhouettes can be seen shyly in the bushes of the main island.
  • Wadi Lajab: Wadi Lajab’s most impressive attribute is that it provides fresh water more frequently than any other wadi in Saudi Arabia. The stream flowing at the bottom of the canyon creates mid-sized waterfalls and multiple ponds which are deep enough for visitors to enjoy a dip!
Wadi Lajab
Wadi Lajab
  • Fayfa is Jizan Province’s diamond in the sky. It provides spectacular and breathtaking views over the lush green mountains with its peaks reaching about 2,600 meters above sea level. Another beautiful feature of Fayfa mountains is the terraces that were built over the centuries in order to allow agriculture to develop in this humid and fertile but steep land.

Madinah Province

  • Wadi Jinn: The interesting part about this mysterious place is that be it a vehicle (left at neutral) or plain simple water poured onto the ground, it all moves in the uphill direction instead of the usual down the slope movement. People over the course of time have come up with all sorts of theories with the superstitious one being that the valley is occupied by supernatural beings while a scientific theory suggests that it might just be some magnetic field reaction. What do you believe?
Wadi Jinn
Wadi Jinn
  • Lion Tombs of Dedan: Some remains of these brilliant kingdoms have been excavated, including an astonishing necropolis whose tombs were dug on both sides of Jabal Dedan, which overlooks the city to the east. These tombs are square-shaped holes, cut off at different heights from the side of the mountain, with cavities about two meters deep. These lion sculptures, which are an outstanding example of the Mesopotamian influence, are proud iconic figures. An interesting fact, not for the faint of heart, is that remains of bones, shrouds and pieces of coffin wood have been found in these graves.
  • Jabal Al Rukkab: Jabal Al-Rukkab’s most impressive rock formations are three incredibly high natural pillars standing in the middle of a wide wadi and at the bottom of a huge sandbank offering a perfect view of an out-of-this-world scenery. The rocks ‘ silhouette is rather striking and the locals have nicknamed them as “the three dancers.”
Jabal Al-Rukkab's rock formations
Jabal Al-Rukkab’s rock formations

Makkah Province

  • Al Wahbah Crater: The Al Wahbah Crater is located in the middle of a barren desert, but the reason that it is an amazing natural wonder is that it has a huge source of salt contained at its base. The giant crater was presumed to have formed due to an ancient meteor collision, but ultimately it was discovered to have resulted due to volcanic activity.
  • Taif (Rose festival): Taif is famous for its roses. Its most attractive rose is an oil-rich 30-petal damask rose, the perfume of which has a robust, spicy, and dizzyingly complex scent. Every year in the months of March-April Taif’s Rose Festival is hosted at King Faisal Park in Qadeera. A flowering tapestry arranged like a carpet, by the Taif Municipality spread over 750 m2, comprising more than 15,000 species of all-color blooming roses, is one of the major highlights of the festival. The festival hosts several pavilions for traditional food items, art and craft, folk dances, and cultural competitions for kids.
Rose festival in Taif
Rose festival in Taif
  • Jeddah: Jeddah presents a quite different image via the seaport city which has an extensive history of exchanges with the world. Having the natural virtue of its location along the Red Sea coast and vibrant coral reefs and the white sand beaches, it has earned its nickname “bride of the red sea.” Obhur on the north of Jeddah is renowned for its resorts with private beaches and dive center. Red Sea marvels are celebrated in the Fakieh Aquarium, where more than 200 species are displayed, including Sharks, Groupies, Napoleon Wrasse, Sea Horses, etc.

One of the most famous attractions here is the fish market located on the west of the Corniche and offers at least 50 species of freshly caught sea creatures from the Red Sea, ranging from hammerhead sharks to groupers, shrimps, parrotfish, and squids. Besides the seafront is the beating heart of the city.

Ancient Jeddah people used to build their homes with coral stones collected from the coastal reef along the shores of the Red Sea, while purified clay from the depths of the two Al-Mangabi and Al-Arbaean lakes were used to cement coral stones. The clay was also used to protect the soils and roofs and lower coral walls. There is also some very old traditional architecture in Balad.

Al Rahma Mosque
Al Rahma Mosque
  • The Haunted House of Jeddah: Jeddah’s haunted house sits on the North Corniche hundred meters or so from the seafront. Among the communities in Jeddah, it is well known and people avoid going close to this house. People around say it’s a magnet for the youth (shabab). Approximately 16 people have entered this house and have never returned, confirms a news report. The outside world has no idea as to where they have gone, there is no trace of them still today.

Najran Province

Najran city is famous for its two palaces, Emarah and Al-Aan, which are inevitable landmarks and brilliant examples of the province’s traditional architecture. The old streets of  Najran traditional villages like Abu As-Su’ud is a delightful experience that will take you back in time. Another artistic feature of Najran’s traditional houses is the sleek crenellations on the top of the walls, which gives the silhouette of these rectangular buildings a strong impression of lightness. It is truly an aesthetically pleasing sight.

Najran province
Najran province

Qassim Province

The province of Qassim is home to some of the most symbolic attributes of the Arabian cultural heritage, not only with its iconic date festival but also with many other festivities, rural villages, and museums that have kept Arab customs and lifestyles intact.

  • Al- Shinanah Tower: This is an extraordinary architectural feature that can be found in the southwest of Al-Rass in the province of Qassim. The slender silhouette of the watchtower is located on the top of a small hill where the desert begins. This classic 27-meter-high tower is a brilliant example of Qassim’s classic architectural heritage, which has been preserved to this day. 
Al- Shinanah Tower
Al- Shinanah Tower
  • Uyun Al-Jiwa: Uyun Al-Jiwa’s name refers to the governorate as well as its main city. The term translates literally into “the pond valley” and is derived from the water ponds that used to surround the area. Classical Arab poetry attests to the reputation of loyalty, honesty, and hard work of the people of Uyun Al-Jiwa and the historical importance of the oasis.

Riyadh Province

  • Ushaiger heritage village: Ushaiger, which literally means “blonde”, is a heritage village located 200 kilometers northwest of Riyadh in the heart of the Najd. Although it’s built of red rock, locals say that the Arabic word for red was also used for blonde in the past.
Ushaiger heritage village
Ushaiger heritage village
  • Al Ghat Heritage village (One of the largest traditional villages of Saudi Arabia): The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has an incredibly rich architectural heritage with dozens of styles across the country. It is situated 250 kilometers from the capital city of Riyadh and adjacent to the province of Qassim, Al-Ghat is one of the most well preserved traditional villages in Saudi Arabia.
  • Musayqirah rock is one of the very rare known sites in the province of Riyadh where water-buffalo carvings can be found, attesting to the Arab Peninsula’s previous humid climate. They are on the eastern side of the main rock. Particularly notable is the large panel on the western side of Musayqirah given a large number of carvings and a variety of representations it carries. Ostriches, ibexes, dogs, lions, camels as well as hunters, warriors, a human skeleton, horsemen, and even Thamudic inscriptions have been found. A very interesting sight and should definitely make it to your list!
Musayqirah rock art
Musayqirah rock art
  • Edge of the world: The Edge of the World is part of the Tuwaiq Escarpments, which runs through the central region. The splendid view of the cliffs and the endless panoramic view of the plains below make it an enthralling tourist attraction. As the cliffs face westward, they also give spectacular sunset views over the Saudi Arabian desert to tourists who camp there overnight.

Tabuk Province

  • Jabal Al Lawz: Jabal Al-Lawz, which in Arabic means the almond mount, is one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s most mystical ranges with its height at 2,549 meters above sea level, rendering it the tallest mountain in the province of Tabuk. This is the only place in Saudi Arabia where snow falls almost every year. As shocking as it is, owing to its many mountains reaching heights of over 2 500 meters, Saudi Arabia does witness regular snowfalls. It is believed that Mount Sinai is also located in this region where Prophet Musa (as) received the word of Allah.
Jabal Al Lawz
Jabal Al Lawz
  • Al Shaq: Al-Shaq means the tear (or rip) since it seems that the tectonic forces have literally torn the earth apart. This is why this place is also known as the Great Canyon of Saudi Arabia. Elegant sandstone formations can be seen everywhere in that area. This is a very captivating place and you should definitely make time for this one!
  • Mahajah: Natural arches that are present in many parts of the country are among its enigmatic characteristics, however, Mahajah hosts the most remarkable ones. Wind and rain erosion sculpted a formation of sandstone into three striking arches, the highest reaching up to 40 meters. There is a natural rock wall, more than 160 meters long, adorned with thousands of carvings depicting life-size camels, horsemen, goats, buffaloes, geometric figures, and even a boat!

Owing to its hard, rocky terrain, it is a very remote area with soft sand fields that dictate slow progress. It’s also full of dead ends, so it’s just for experienced drivers! It is strongly recommended that you go with a guide who knows the way!

Natural arches in Mahajah
Natural arches in Mahajah
  • Ras Al-Mashee – Safinat Haql: The Gulf of Aqabah offers stunning views along its magnificent stretch of 170 kilometers from Ras Al-Sheikh Hameed in the south to the city of Aqabah in the north. Turquoise waters on both sides are home to vivid marine life, variegated corals, and white sandy beaches at the foot of astounding mountains. An unintended manmade characteristic lies on the coral reef near the beach-a shipwreck, part of the hull jutting out of the water. The shipwreck of ‘Georgios G’, known as’ Safinat Haql’ which stands for ‘boat of Haql’ by the locals. It remains unclear what caused its unfortunate fate.
  • Tayeb Ism (The valley of Musa {as}): This is a destination that will most definitely take you by surprise. While approaching the road that runs along the azure waters and white beaches, the first thing to grab your attention is the reverence of the 600-meter-high granite massif, whose indentations fall into the Gulf of Aqabah. The visitors will see another enticing wonder from the bridge, a stream of crystal clear water that runs through the gravel throughout the year. As a result, the wadi hosts numerous palm trees and reeds that create small valleys overlooked by the canyon’s vertiginous sides.

Another interesting fact is that Madyan is the land where, after fleeing from Egypt, Prophet Musa (as) spent ten years in voluntary exile. It is also believed that they reached the land of Madyan at Tayeb Al-Ism when he brought the people out of Egypt through the Red Sea, which is the reason why it is also called the Valley of Musa.

Tayeb Ism
Tayeb Ism
  • Wadi Qaraqir (Wadi Dissah):  The first distinctive feature of this wadi is its dimensions: the side cliffs are already higher than 100 meters at the eastern end of the canyon, but at the western entrance the distance between the wadi’s base and the highest cliffs reaches as high as 500 meters! It is there that one can enjoy the most breathtaking landscape of this magical place, from the huge granite peaks, standing on both sides of the canyon.

A mystical aura escapes through the sands which reflect the hue of the sun and brings forth destinations that smash stereotypes of Arabia simply being a desert landscape! This list of mysterious, unique, and interesting places will definitely broaden the horizon of your imagination.  Saudi Arabia – truly a magical place, a diamond in the rough!

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Visit these 7 Saudi beaches to enjoy the sand and sun!

Who says KSA is just a desert area? Learn about beautiful Saudi beaches here.

Sound of the waves with the wind caressing your cheeks. What could be a better combination than this?

To enjoy this duo of wind and sand, visit Saudi Arabia and experience the serenity of its beaches.

Saudi Arabia is surrounded by three bodies of water i.e., the Gulf of Aqaba, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea. Naturally, there are more beaches than we think!

On the coastal line of more than 2500 km, there are many private and public beaches that you can visit to enjoy with your friends and family.

Feel the sky above, sand below, and peace within with these top 7 beaches in KSA.

1. Al Fanateer beaches

Located in Al Jubail, Al Fanateer Beach is popular among tourists and locals alike.

Walk on the beach to feel the white sand under your bare feet or sit with your family and friends in green lawns. The beach also has a children’s playground. 

There’s a mall nearby that provides dining areas and a shopping area for pre and post-beach trips.

Stroll on the paved walking paths shaded by palm trees, beach and sail the boat to enjoy the sea.

Al Fanateer Cornish
Al Fanateer Cornish

2. Durrat Al Arus

Located in “Dahaban” -the old village of Jeddah-  Durrat Al Arus is an artificial island constructed in 1996. This beach started the trend of private beach resorts in Saudi Arabia.

The beach has 1000 villas, a diving school, a golf course, and a theme park. Tourists can rent the villas and relax.

The island has a world of its own. There are mosques, commercial centers, coffee shops, golf club, equestrian club theme park, and a yacht marina. It has high privacy residential units equipped with mobile networks, satellite TV, hospitals and everything you’ll need.

Since the villas are very popular, they are booked ahead of time. If you’re planning to go, be sure to get an advance booking.

Durrat Al Arus.
Durrat Al Arus.

3. Silver Sands

In the bright daylight, spend your lazy day on the silver sands. Take a sunbathe on the sunbeds and ward off all your tiredness. 

The beach offers fun activities such as open water swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling, and a small island.

The island is privately owned, which means there is an entrance fee. The island is strictly for families, the single male entry is not allowed. 

Silver sands
Silver sands

4. Farasan Beaches 

Farasan Al Kabir is the largest island in the Farasan Islands. Located some 50 km away from the Jizan, the islands are rich in underwater wildlife.

The beach is famous for diving. Dive in the crystal blue azure water to discover the coral reefs and different sea species. 

Besides diving, you can also relax on the sand or stroll on the beach while waves massage your feet. Or, you can ride a ferry and make memories for a lifetime. 

Farasan Al Kabir Beach.
Farasan Al Kabir Beach.

5. Half Moon Beach 

If you’re looking for a perfect family picnic spot in Al Khobar, Half Moon Beach is the place for you.

Naturally shaped like a half-moon, the beach has nice and clean sand. Enjoy car drifting, horse riding and swimming in the sea. 

The facility of seating, mosques, and shower areas is also provided for the beach lovers.

Pack your picnic baskets and visit half-moon beach.

Half Moon Beach.
Family enjoying at Half Moon Beach.

6. Haql beach

On the Gulf of Aqaba, lies the Haql beach in the province of Tabuk. 

A shipwreck is left on the mercy of nature on the beach, which gives the beach its other name ‘the Shipwreck beach’. 

The beach exists in its most natural form. You’ll be left with nature alone to enjoy the sound of waves and wind. On the beach, you’ll be mesmerized by the view of Sinai mountains over the far end. 

Haql beach.
Clear blue water at Haql beach.

7. OIA  Beach

Inspired by Greek islands, the OIA beach is a white stoned hotel featuring the minimalist vibe. 

Located 12 km away from the Jeddah highway, the beach hotel has 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. The villas have terraces from where you can enjoy the heavenly view of the seashore.

There are a casual Greek themed white painted walls, lounge and restaurants, International cuisines, sushi cafes, pools, gym, kids clubs, and a female-only indoor pool. Water sports such as sailing, kayaking, and a floating water park are also available for adventure lovers.

OIA  Beach.
OIA Beach resort.

Every beach has its unique smell and feel. Experience the feel of Saudi beaches, feel the combination of three S, ‘sun, sea, and sand’ on the Saudi beaches. 

There are also a number of undiscovered coastal areas. Discover these fun places and fun events with Hala Yalla. Download the app now on Android or iOS