The largest country in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a Kingdom that spans the majority of the Arabian Peninsula. Dominated by the ‘Rubʿ al-Khali’ desert (The Empty Quarter), Saudi Arabia -to most people’s amazement- has quite a diverse terrain that includes coastlines, woodland, valleys, mountain ranges, plains, Plateaus, forests, and grasslands. And, unlike popular belief, the Kingdom’s climate does not sport a Temperature of 43 degrees Celsius throughout the year! Summers are quite hot, especially in the Coastal cities and midland but winters in the north and central region can see Temperatures drop below freezing with -YES- the occasional snow falls in a few of the northern cities.
Visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time never fails to astonish. The expectation versus the reality leaves every visitor in awe! And flyadeal would like to help you plan your Saudi Adventure so you can live the most beautiful of experiences and leave with incredible stories to tell and wonderful life-long memories to relive.
flyadeal currently operates only one international route between the Kingdom’s Capital Riyadh and the Emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. So, until we get on with opening more international routes; once you land in the Kingdom you can fly between popular destinations in Saudi Arabia within our domestic network which includes 12 cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Madinah, Abha, Taif, Tabuk, Bisha, Al Baha, Jazan, Qassim, and Hail.
Selected by UNESCO in 2020 as the cultural capital of the Arab world, you will hardly believe this bustling city is built on a desert plateau!
The capital, Riyadh’s name translates as 'The Gardens' and the city is home to some of Kingdom’s most astonishingly beautiful natural and historical sites. With a fascinating history to match, its landmarks, historical centers and numerous art galleries make Riyadh a dream destination for cultural enthusiasts everywhere.
When should I visit Riyadh?
The capital blooms in winter season. With average temperature varying between 9o C to 20.2 o C, winter in Riyadh allows for a wide range of activities you would NOT want to miss!
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Known locally as the ‘Bride of the Red Sea’, Jeddah is the largest coastal city and the most popular destination in Saudi Arabia. It is also referred to as the ‘Gateway to the two Holy Mosques’ because it is the entry point for pilgrims to the Islamic holy cities Makkah and Medina.
The buzzing energy of Jeddah can be felt on arrival. With its unofficial motto ‘Jeddah Ghair’ (Jeddah’s different), it is hard not to guess why! The cosmopolitan city is full of activities to do but central to it all is the Red Sea – a haven for beach junkies. If you love water sports such as snorkelling, diving, jet skiing, boating or simply beaching around. Jeddah is your city!
What is the main attraction in Jeddah?
The Red Sea! If you are a sea-lover Jeddah is the city to visit. With its array of water sports, scuba diving excursions, fishing trips, and limitless beaches, you are guaranteed sun kissed tans, adventure, and recuperation.
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Dammam, the capital of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province constitutes the core of the Greater Dammam area, which encompasses the cities of Dammam, Dhahran and Khobar. Locals of Saudi Arabia simply call the greater Dammam area ‘Al Sharqiya’ in reference to all three cities as the distance between each city and the other is minute. You can drive down 16 km from Dammam to Dhahran while it takes you another 9 km drive to reach Khobar!
‘Al Sharqiya’ (Eastern Province) with its 3 cities present visitors with a list of things to do and experience. From beaches, shopping, dining, camping to cultural centers, there is something for everyone.
As a bonus, you can head out to King Fahd Causeway from Khobar and within an hour -or less- find yourself in a completely different country - the neighbouring Kingdom of Bahrain.
Where should I stay in Dammam?
The beauty of ‘Al Sharqiya’ (Eastern Province) is the proximity of its 3 cities allowing you the option to stay in whichever city you find your fancy! However, if you want:
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Officially ‘Al Madinah Al Munawwarah’ (The Enlightened City), Madinah which comprises Al Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque) is the second holiest city in Islam.
Medina is home to several distinguished Islamic sites and landmarks. These include but not limited to:
- Al Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque
- Masjid Quba'a. Built with 62 domes, it is the oldest Mosque in Islamic history
- Masjid al-Qiblatayn, where Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon Him received the command from Allah to change the Qiblah (direction Muslims face during prayer), from Jerusalem to Makkah
- The Baqi' Cemetery where most of the Prophet’s Companions and wives are buried
- Mount Uhud where ‘Battle of Uhud’ one of the most famous battles in Islamic history took place
Al-'Ula, a city located in Madinah Region 300 km north of Madinah city, is home to fascinating pre-islamic archaeological sites such as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, called Hegra (also known as Al-Hijr, or Mada'in Saleh). The pristine city has been a focus of the Kingdom in the past few years turning it into one of Saudi Arabia’s most popular winter destinations. Winter events and festivals attract visitors to experience the city’s wealth of natural wonders with beauty that will render you speechless.
Why should I visit Madinah?
Bliss! No two people who have visited Madinah would disagree that the feelings of peace and serenity is felt as you enter the city. People yearn to go back Every. Single. Time!
For Muslims, the visit is usually for spiritual reasons as it is the second holiest city in Islam with plenty of Islamic sites and landmarks. Yet, Al-'Ula, is NOT to be missed and a must visit if you come to Saudi Arabia for the first time during winter season. If you don’t believe us, check this out!
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Abha, the capital of Asir Region is located in south-western Saudi Arabia. Situated in Asir Mountains more than 2,000 meters above sea level, Abha's mild climate makes it a popular summer destination.
Adventure seekers can bet on Abha for breath-taking views and spectacular experiences. The picturesque Jabal Al Souda with its nearby village of Al Souda and the villages of Al Habala and Rijal Almaa present you with stunning scenery. All of which can be enjoyed via cable car rides. Or you can drive 120 km north of Abha to explore the city of Tanomah by way of unique outdoor excursions. Whatever your style of adventure, you can probably find it in Abha!
When is the best time to visit Abha?
Abha is one of those cities where the weather is always pleasant. The average temperature for the entire year is 25O C nevertheless, the best weather is during the months of April, August, and November.
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Located at an elevation of 1,879 meters in the slopes of the Hejaz Mountains, Taif enjoys a moderate climate during summer and has been called the unofficial summer capital of Saudi Arabia.
Known locally as ‘Madinat Al-Wurud’ (the City of Roses) due to its famous cultivation of ‘Ta'if rose’ (Rosa × damascene), Taif is an agricultural land with fruit orchards and rose farms. However, the city also features natural and historic landmarks, museums, and key festivals such as Souq Okaz cultural festival and the Crown Prince Camel Festival.
Whether you want to relax and bask in the fragrant scent of the city’s rose farms while enjoying the succulent fresh fruit you can get from local fruit markets. Or enjoy cultural experiences with the city’s unique festivals. Taif is one popular destination that can truly brighten your senses.
What should I do in Taif if I’m only going for a day trip?
Al Gadhi Rose Factory. Open during harvest season, from March until end of April, the factory is one of the oldest and biggest rose factories in Taif. Not only will you overwhelmed by the aroma of the fragrant Ta'if rose encompassing the city during Spring season, but you will get to learn the process of distilling rose petals to create rose water and rose oil. You can also buy small bottles rose oil or rose water for you to enjoy.
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The capital city of the Tabuk Region in north-western Saudi Arabia, Tabuk has been a focal point in the past few years with the planning of Neom City an acronym for ‘New Future,’ a cross-border futuristic megacity in the Tabuk Province.
Home to the remains of the main station of the Hejaz Railway line, Tabuk has long been a resting place for Egyptian and Jordanian pilgrims making their way to the Holy city of Mekkah. The region is a mix of pristine beaches and rich history with unique artifacts and archaeological sites.
Whether you are a history buff, a beach lover, or an adventurer, Tabuk offers you exceptional experiences you can rarely find elsewhere.
Where would I go in Tabuk for an exceptional experience?
Tabuk region in its entirety is quite stunning, offering an abundance of exceptional experiences. Nonetheless, if there is one place that offers the most striking natural sights you will see in Saudi Arabia, it’s Wadi Al Disah (The Valley of Palm Trees - Al Disah literally translates as ‘A forest full of trees’). Surrounded by massive sandstone columns and cliffs, the valley -as the name suggests- boasts heaps of luscious palm trees engulfed by tall grasses and several oases of pools making this valley perfect for exploration. Be sure to visit between the months of November and March if you are planning on camping to enjoy the warm days and cool nights. You do not want to miss the sunset light reflecting off the sandstone cliff or the stary nights… They are sights to remember!
Also known as ‘Qal`at Bishah’ (Bisha Fortress), the town enjoys a mild climate in summer and winter. It is an agricultural town in the south-western Saudi Arabian Asir Region with hundreds of villages and tens of smaller settlement spread on both sides of the Bisha Valley - the longest valley in the Arabian Peninsula.
Bisha is not as popular as other Saudi destinations but has plenty of traditional Souks to explore and unique sites to visit, such as:
- King Fahad Dam, one of the tallest dams in the country
- ‘Jabal Alsayra Al-Baida’a’ (The White Mountain)
- Shaybanah Park with its vast green spaces is perfect for picnics and includes many walking, jogging, biking and exercise trails
- Tarj Valley in the province of Bisha is considered one of the largest in the Arabian Peninsula. Rich in historical monuments, ancient villages, and a museum that includes many ancient archaeological artifacts. It is one of the most wonderful areas in Bisha to visit.
- The village of Tabalah, also known as the ‘City of Antiquities’ includes many archaeological and historical sites including the gold mine, Dhul-Khalasa idol, the archaeological area of Al-Abla’a, the Elephant Road, and Sha’alan Bin Saleh Palace.
Why have I never heard of Bisha’s unique sites?
Bisha is one of those hidden gems in Saudi Arabia! As an agricultural town with a population of just over 200,000, it is no wonder there is a lack of information about this beautiful town. If you want to get away from city life and enjoy the great outdoors, Bisha is a great option.
The capital of Al Baha Region, Al Baha is a city in the west in Hejaz Region. Known as ‘Ḥadiqat al-Ḥijaz’ (Garden of the Hejaz), Al Baha is Blessed with a yearlong pleasant climate making it a locally popular destination in Saudi Arabia for picnics, camping and hiking.
Visiting Al Baha for the first time feels like visiting a completely different Saudi Arabia. The city, surrounded by over 40 forests including the popular Raghadan, al Zaraeb and Baidan forests, is also home to wildlife areas, valleys, mountains, and plenty of historical and archaeological sites.
When should I visit Al Baha?
Although the city is blessed with a yearlong pleasant climate, the months between November and March see the most agreeable temperatures falling between low 9o C and high 27 o C. Keep in mind January is the busiest month for tourists visit Al Baha, followed by November and December. Thus, if you want to save on hotel costs you might want to book your hotel early.
A port city and the capital of Jizan Region, situated on the coast of the Red Sea in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia has a hot climate all year round. However, the climate is more moderate during the winter season making a trip to this beautiful city a must.
The city’s diverse terrain of forests, beaches, mountains and the protected, pristine ‘Farasan Islands’ allows for diverse experiences. You can hike the mountains, trek through the forests, dive around the archipelago of islands or simply explore the city’s heritage. Whatever you fancy, we can bet you will find in Jazan!
What is the most unique place in Jazan?
Farasan Islands! Protected by the Saudi government, the untouched archipelago of islands and coral islets have a plethora of magnificent sites to see and explore. You may want to kayak through the Mangrove Forests or snorkel around the coral islets and be mesmerized by the vibrant marine life. You may also stroll the Farasan Kabir island to visit the oldest standing structure - a sole Ottoman Fort, enjoy the intricate carvings on the gypsum walls of the historic Beit Refai (Refai House) which belonged to a well-known pearl merchant, Munawar Al Refai, and go see one of the oldest inhabited areas of the archipelago the Qassar Heritage Village.
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Al-Qassim Province is in the central region of Saudi Arabia northwest of the country’s capital, Riyadh. Al-Qassim province is dubbed the ‘Food Basket’ of Saudi Arabia as it heavily exports Wheat and Dates. The province is one of the largest producers of dates in the Middle East accommodating more than 8 million Palm Trees. And, its’ capital city, Buraydah hosts the largest date festival in the world every September.
You can explore the region with cultural and heritage trips, go desert camping, spend a full day at King Abdullah National Park or simply visit the Camel Market. The region has plentiful of sites to see and activities to do.
Where can I go in Qassim for a very local experience?
Buckle up for the adrenaline pumping Dune Bashing! A favourite past time for young locals. The city of Buraidah, the capital of Al-Qassim Region, attracts youth gatherings with its desert climate to practice the hobby of dune bashing, where they can climb the golden sandy dunes of the Nafud al-Naqa’a area, located east of Qassim.
The city of Buraidah also includes several areas that are famous among the city's youth for dune bashing, including the area of Umm Hassana, Ahmed, Al-Buraikah, Laghaf, and Al-Rabiyah.
For those who prefer a more relaxed local experience, head to Qassim during winter season. The season known as Kashta (Camping Season), will find you experiencing the pleasure of camping inside traditional Arabic tents where you get to indulge in a full day of activities that lasts late into the night. You will be served scrumptious traditional food, local delicacies, and rounds of tea and Arabic coffee, all while sitting around a crackling fire-pit that keeps you warm from the chilly air.
Located in north-western Saudi Arabia and the capital and largest city of Ha'il Region. Ha’il, is a dynamite of activities waiting to surprise you! From exploring castles in the heart of the city to taking part in international festivals such as the ‘Desert Festival’ and the ‘Hail International Rally’. The array of activities is almost endless and include:
- Jubbah is an hour’s drive from the city of Ha’il and is home to some of the most famous Neolithic rock art in the Middle East.
- About 250 km south of Ha’il you can find a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of Jabal Umm Sinman, Jabal Al Manjor and Jabal Raat with a variety of inscriptions and petroglyphs dating back almost ten thousand years.
- The Nafud Desert to the north offers an abundance of desert activities including dune bashing and sand surfing.
- Hike the peaks of Aja and Salma in the Shammar Mountain area and discover the story behind their names.
- The northwest slope of the Aja peak houses the ruins of the palace of Hatim Al Tai, the sixth-century ruling prince and poet of the Tayy tribe of Arabia whose reputation of generosity earned him a spot in history with the proverbial phrases ‘the most generous of Arabs’ and ‘more generous than Hatim’ and being featured in the famous stories ‘One Thousand and One Nights’.
Whether you are seeking adventure, culture, or history. Hail has something to delight you.
Why should I add Hail to my travel bucket list?
Whether you are into culture, history, or adventure; Hail has it all! BUT, if you want an extra dose of excitement, head to Hail on the 29th of December 2021 to catch ‘The Dakar’ Rally. The Dakar kicks-off in Hail on December 30th with 2 days of scrutineering, followed by the prologue and start podium on the January 1st and the start first stage on the 2nd of January 2022.
If you are a rally enthusiast, you can follow the whole route by booking a cheap flight on flyadeal from Hail to Riyadh to catch the rest day in Riyadh on the 8th of January. Stay a few days in Riyadh to explore the city before booking another cheap flight from Riyadh to Jeddah on flyadeal airlines where you can catch the finish and the finish podium on the 14th of January. While in Jeddah, you can travel around to enjoy the multitude of activities the city offers.
Booking on flyadeal is straightforward. All you need to do is visit flyadeal.com, choose your route, and search for your flight!