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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in 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.
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!
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.
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