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Here are 5 reasons to visit Saudi Arabia – A Brand New Destination on the Tourism Map

Saudi Arabia has always been known for the Holy cities of Makkah and Medina that Muslims around the world visit. However, beyond its religious appeal, there is so much more to this destination.

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The Mystical Madain Saleh

Saudi Arabia is one country that has a rich collection of historic attractions. If you are intrigued by what the yesteryears of this nation were made of, pay a visit to the exquisite Madain Saleh. This is without a doubt one of the most fascinating archaeological sites you would ever lay eyes on. In fact, the structures found here can be traced all the way back to the 1st century AD which was during the Nabatean Kingdom. You can take your time and walk around the place and relish in the many well-preserved structures and the best part is you don't even have to pay a dime. The Madain Saleh is located in the Al Madinah region within the Al Ula Sector and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The National Museum

A sneak peeks into historic Saudi Arabia and you are bound to fall in love with it. The only problem is everything is everywhere and Saudi Arabia is NOT a small country. If you are looking for the best of the yesteryears under one roof, then better head to the National Museum. The National Museum is situated in Riyadh, which is the capital of the country. The museum is home to a variety of different exhibits including ancient documents, furniture, weapons and more and some of them even date as far back as the Stone Age. The exhibits consisting of both audio and visual presentations are placed across 8 different halls and are well presented and some are even awe-inspiring. If you are intrigued by the museum and the many other attractions that Riyadh has in store best to stay at one of the luxury apartments in Riyadh. Among the names, you can consider is The Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh.

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Visit the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque in Mecca

Any Muslim travelling to Saudi Arabia must pay a visit to the sacred Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque, located in the city of Mecca which is the holiest of all places for those following the Islamic faith. The mosque is home to the Kaaba which is a sacred structure that was constructed more than 1000 years BC. The Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in the world and day or night this mosque is packed with worshippers. Apart from the basic 5 prayers, Muslims perform a series of rituals on a daily basis which is what the minor pilgrim is made of. The mosque particularly gets crowded during the Hajj season which falls on the month of Dhul Hijjah on the Hijri calendar.

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Farasan Island

This Oasis in the desert is picture perfect, to say the least. Located 50km off the coast of Jizan in the Red Sea, this is one place adorned with most stunning bodies of water making it feel like a piece of paradise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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King Fahd's Fountain

Man-made and majestic the King Fahd's Fountain prides itself on being the tallest fountain in the world. In fact, the fountain shoots water to a height of over 300 meters making it taller than the Eiffel Tower. In the evening the fountain is lit up in a magical manner making it one of the most spectacular sites in the city of Jeddah.