Saudi Arabia Things to Do

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Things to Do as a Family

Saudi Arabia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with majestic skyscrapers. You can find these landmarks in Riyadh and other cities in the country, giving out a beautiful view. If you are visiting Saudi Arabia as a travel destination, you can do many things there with your family and kids

So, we will discuss the activities you can do as a family in Saudi Arabia.

Have an Adventure by Completing a Mission at Novus

Adventure is the soul of the journey. So if you want to have an adventure with your kids, Novus is the best place that offers such entertainment. Novus is present in Jeddah, another famous tourist city in Saudi Arabia. The goal of this game is to unlock the room by finding the clues. You can think of this as a real-life puzzle involving entertaining tricks.

The first thing you will do is select the theme of the room. Novus offers various themes that you can choose. Usually, kids prefer the theme that attracts them the most. Then you will use your superpower to complete the mission. Each player will have a superpower they can use throughout the game. You have to play this game in groups of two to eight people. So you can involve your whole family in this adventure.

Visit the National Museum

You can teach your kids about the value of culture by taking them to a museum. If you want to know about the culture of any place museum is the best place. Saudi Arabia has the National Museum that educates people about the country's history and culture. It represents the Islamic faith that the country is built on and its citizens' practice.

The national museum of Saudi Arabia focuses on Islam. It has eight art galleries and two mosques. The museum also has the Arabian kingdom and the pre-Islamic era. If your kids are fascinated with history, they will have a stellar time at this place. The museum offers all representations in English and Arabic, so understanding the history would be convenient. You can learn so many things about Saudi culture through this museum.

Enjoy Ice Skating at Royal Mall

No holiday is complete without some adventure. So you can have an Ice Skating adventure in Saudi Arabia, mainly if you visit with your family. If you are a tourist from a foreign country, you will find the temperature of Saudi Arabia hot and humid. Thus, such a fun activity will be good for a change from other mainstream activities.

They will freak out if you have kids with you due to the country's excessive heat and hot climate. So to cool their heads, take them for ice skating, which is fun, adventurous, and exciting. There are many beautiful places for ice skating in Saudi Arabia. For instance, you can visit the Royal Mall to find the best ice-skating rink in Saudi Arabia.

Visit the Al-Shallal Theme Park

Most kids love amusement parks. They can play games and make new friends in a park. Jeddah Al-Shallal theme park is the best enjoyment spot for a family with kids. As parents, you can sit under a tree and have the ideal time with each other while monitoring your kids.

This theme park has so many thrilling rides; it also has a small ice-skating rink. Amazon ride and roller coaster rides are also part of this park. Many locals visit the park for picnics or evening strolls to enjoy quality time with their families. As a tourist, your kids will enjoy it.

Enjoy Dolphin Show at Fakieh Aquarium

Fishes are a source of happiness for many people. Dolphin is the most adorable and loving aquatic animal people love seeing. Kids enjoy swimming with dolphins where they have the time of their life. You can even hold a dolphin in your hand in the instructor's presence. 

The Fakieh Aquarium is the only place for marine life. They have the creatures which live in the Red Sea. Your kids will love to see the Dolphin show in this aquarium. Many visitors with their families come to this place to have an ideal time where the kids get to see dolphins dance.

See Sand Dunes on Safari

Sharm Yanbu is a place where you can experience dunes. It is one of the most famous places for a tour in Saudi Arabia. The coastal strips of the desert make the experience of travelling more exciting and beautiful. And if you are going with your family, the excitement is doubled.

You can opt for a staycation in the desert where you will sleep in tents and enjoy an adventurous time. This place also offers desert camps, outdoor sports, and hiking. Through this activity, your kids will enjoy the experience of the desert, which is unique from all the other activities.

Stare the Beauty at King Fahd Fountain

Many people in the world enjoy the sight of water. King Fahd Fountain is the ideal place for such people since it is the tallest fountain in the world. The water rises to 800 feet and makes unique patterns with different lights.

This fountain is a treat to watch. It is so tall that you can see this fountain from many places in Jeddah. At night it shows many colours, making the view beautiful for visitors. Children are usually left in awe as they see a beautiful water and light show. Many locals take a stroll at night to enjoy such scenery.

Go for Island Hopping Around Umluj

Island is a beautiful place to visit. You can take a boat tour and explore the Red Sea. You can have a family day out at island hopping. Jabal Hassan has a beautiful island that is worth visiting with your kids.

Your kids can enjoy water adventures through boat rides. Umluj is a place that represents beauty. So you can take beautiful pictures or purchase different souvenirs to take back as memories. Your kids will have lots of fun at this place.

Have a Sense of Serenity at Kaaba

No vacation in Saudi Arabia is complete without visiting the Holy Kaaba. It represents the faith and religion of Muslims. If you visit Saudi Arabia, you must show your kids the sense of serenity of this place. If you want to have a pilgrimage tour with your family, then Kaaba is the ideal place.

Kaaba holds great importance for Muslims. It shows spirituality and a sense of serenity. If your kids love knowing about Islam, the religion of peace, this place is a must-visit for them. You will feel internal peace and spirituality at this place.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Saudi Arabia

History and art lovers can visit some interesting places in Saudi Arabia. This country has some of the most attractive tourist places, such as galleries, malls, and museums in Saudi Arabia.

So first, we will discuss the top 10 places you must visit in Saudi Arabia.

1.     King Abdul-Aziz Historical Centre (National Museum)- Riyadh

One of the top historical attractions in Saudi Arabia is King Abdul-Aziz Historical Centre. The place is also called National Museum in Riyadh. It has an area of almost 1.5 km, which looks like a Palace. The place is rich with its architectural beauty. On your visit, you must explore the eight exhibition halls of the National Museum in Riyadh.

All the exhibition halls are beautiful, well-lighted, and airy. These halls are well-known for presenting the rich history and heritage of Saudi Arabia. Other than halls, this historical centre has a library, green fields, conference hall, park, mosque, and fountain. All these spots enhance the beauty of this historical place.

The place is free for children, but adults must pay SAR 10 as an entry fee. The timings of the place are different for the whole week. The location is open Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm. Add this place to your visit to Saudi Arabia and get great information and interaction about the country.

2.     Umm Al-Qamari Island

Another attractive spot in Saudi Arabia is its islands. Umm Al Qamari Island brings you spectacular beauty, luxury, and a relaxing time to enjoy your holidays in Saudi Arabia. If you are a nature lover, it is a peaceful and beautiful place where you can spend some relaxing time during your visit.

Many migratory birds visit the Islands and add more wilderness to their heavenly beauty. You can find birds such as white egret heron, eagle, and African collared lunar in the migratory birds. Moreover, they ensure the safety of the wildlife species and provide them with a good Inhabitat. The national centre for the development of wildlife has kept this area under supervision.

Umm Al Qamari Island has diverse beauty, from stony surfaces to eye-catching floral sceneries that attract many tourists. The place is in Al-Qunfudhah, southwest of the Red Sea. The location is open around the clock for tourists. The best time to visit this place is between November and February. If you want to visit Saudi Arabia, don't forget to enjoy this natural reserve.

3.     Qasr al-Farid-Hegra

Qasr al-Farid-Hegra is the most visited historical place in Saudi Arabia. It is also known as The Lonely Castle, standing alone in the desert. The Castle was originally a tomb included in the Nabatean site of the Hegra region. It was built in the first century CE and had an impressive ancient structure.

Qasr al-Farid was built with the inspiration of Nabatean techniques. Due to its complex architecture, it was never completed. You can find the incomplete piece of tomb an attractive thing to view. Although it is not a whole, it still has an ancient architectural glimpse. The tall facade of this tomb now looks like a ruined castle and is a popular tourist attraction.

In 2008, UNESCO declared Qasr al-Farid-Hegra a World Heritage site. This tomb is the best visiting place for an art and history lover. This tourist place is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. You can visit the place without fees but must issue a permit before the entrance.

4.     Al Nakheel Mall by Arabian- Riyadh

It is not possible to visit a place and miss shopping there. So when you visit Saudi Arabia, don't forget to visit Al Nakheel Mall by Arabian. It is one of the top shopping spots in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The mall has a wide variety of fashion brands, an exclusive collection of multiple items, and many other shopping accessories.

The mall has an architectural structure and royal luxuries that increase the beauty and attraction of this place. International brands such as Kipling, ZARA, Lefties, Karaca, and Bershka have exclusive collections at the Al Nakheel Mall. Estimation shows that more than 200,000 people weekly visit this mall.

Other than shopping, if you visit Saudi Arabia on New Year's day, you can enjoy a good time on New Year's Eve at Al Nakheel Mall. The mall provides impressive dining offers at its cafes and restaurants. Al Nakheel Mall is one of the best spots for families with diverse options. The mall is open on Saturday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 11 pm, and Friday from 2 am to 11 pm.

5.     Al Rahma Mosque- Jeddah

Saudi Arabia is a land of rich culture, heritage, and spiritual places. On your visit to Saudi Arabia, you cannot miss exploring the beautiful attractions and spiritual feelings. One of the top spiritual places in Saudi Arabia is the Al Rahma Mosque. Many tourists visit the mosque on their tour to Saudi Arabia.

You will find the Al Rahma mosque as a representation of ancient aura and beauty. The mosque has a turquoise-shaped dome that looks beautiful from a distance. It has a unique architectural design and engraved art that attracts tourists worldwide. People from far and near visit the mosque to experience its spiritual vibes.

The mosque is located in Jeddah; the water of the Red Sea surrounds it. The surrounding white silts of the mosque are covered with the river water, and it seems they are floating on the water. For this reason, the Al Rahma mosque is a floating mosque. The mosque remains open all day, and you can visit the mosque anytime.

6.     Deerah Souq- Riyadh

Riyadh is called the shopping hub of Saudi Arabia and an attractive tourist place. Another best shopping spot in Saudi Arabia is Deerah Souq- Riyadh. This market is primarily known for its antique gold items. You can find traditional Arabian jewellery with unique designs, traditional clothes, furniture, carpets, and handicrafts at Deerah Souq-Riyadh.

Deerah Souq is on Thumairi Street and is also named after the street as Al-Thumairi Souq. This shopping market is one of the oldest traditional markets in Saudi Arabia. Tourists must visit this place to get an understanding of the history and culture of Saudi Arabia.

The market is open all day, and you don't need to pay entry fees to visit the place. Add Deerah Souq to the list of places you will see in Saudi Arabia. Visit and explore this shopping market with your family. Shop around the market for different impressive items and admire the art crafted by local craftsmen.

7.     Dammam Corniche- Dammam

Another ideal place to visit in Saudi Arabia is the Dammam Corniche. It is a perfect place to spend an evening at the seaside and enjoy the beauty of the sea. Along the shore of the Corniche, you will find a long line of cafes, restaurants, and other small spots for dining. All these create a beautiful view all along the long shore.

Other than tourists, many local families spend their leisure time at the Dammam Corniche. For adventure lovers, Dammam Corniche has cruises and boat rides. You can add more adventure to your visit by visiting Marjan Island from Dammam Corniche. Or you can enjoy the beauty of the Persian Gulf from the Dammam Corniche.

Dammam Corniche bears a length from Aziziah Beach to Tarot Island. You can spend your evening at the Corniche and capture the picturesque scenes of the sunset. The place does not charge fees, and you can visit the place anytime.

8.     Asir National Park

Another attractive place to visit in Saudi Arabia is the Asir National Park. This is the first national park in Saudi Arabia that numerous tourists visit for its incredible wildlife. More than 300 rare wilds and indigenous species live in the park.

Asir National Park is 10,522 feet above sea level. It was opened to the public in 1980, and since then, it has been one of the best places to visit, particularly for nature lovers. Nature ensures its beauty at the Asir National Park at its best. The lush green grounds, magnificent scenes, and a wide spread of floral beauty make Asir National park unique.

On your visit to Saudi Arabia, you must visit the beautiful landscape, exceptional aura, and dense wilderness of the park. You can see the park at any part of the year. The weather of this place remains pleasant all the year so that you can enjoy this unique place anytime.

9.     Al-Masjid An-Nabawi-Medina

Saudi Arabia is a place full of mesmerizing moments and spiritual vibes. Medina is considered the city of God as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) left Mecca and chose Medina for a lifetime. In Medina, the top place to visit is the Al-Masjid An-Nabawi. This mosque is a place full of divinity and blessings.

Medina is the most religious and culturally essential place in Saudi Arabia. On your tour to Saudi Arabia, you must visit the mosque and mesmerize yourself with this place's spiritual connectivity. Visit this sacred mosque with your family and friends at any time of the year. The mosque is open to everyone without any fees or charges.

Medina has different charm and beauty compared to other cities in Saudi Arabia. On your trip, you can explore various historical instances and religious marvels. Millions of devotees seek blessings from God and visit this place annually. This place is full of restaurants and shopping markets. You can spend quality time with your family in Medina.

10.  Al Nakheel Beach- Al Jubail

Al Nakheel Beach is another mesmerizing place to visit on your tour to Saudi Arabia. This place holds an exceptional beauty and attraction that tourists worldwide must visit. Tourists enjoy their relaxing time by watching the clear blue water with the beautiful combination of lush green palm trees.

Al Nakheel Beach is one of the top beaches in Saudi Arabia. The beach is also called Palm Beach after the presence of many beautiful palm trees on the beach. The beauty of seawater, white sands, and trees makes up fantastic scenery where you will find yourself lost.

The beach is divided into three parts; an area full of palm trees, a place for volleyball, and a beach area for basking in the sun. You can relax under the shades of palm trees and enjoy playing volleyball with your kids and friends. Moreover, there is a nearby mosque for Muslim tourists to offer their prayers. Visit the beach with your loved ones and capture the exceptional beauty with your camera and eyes.

Top 10 Places to Eat Out

No holiday is complete without trying out the country's exceptional food. Saudi Arabia is no different as it offers unique tourist points, including restaurants and food stalls. You can enjoy international cuisines and domestic and local dishes that will attack your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Here, we will discuss the top 10 places to eat with your family in Saudi Arabia.

1.     Elements

The best dining spot for international cuisines in Saudi Arabia is Elements. The restaurant offers luxuries and facilities such as comfortable sitting arrangements, a good environment, a fancy menu card, unique interior design, and diversity in food options. Many tourists visit this place with their friends and families on their tours to Saudi Arabia.

At Elements, you can receive multiple options for the four-time meals. Also, you can enjoy the live cooking of meals by the professional chefs of the restaurant. The restaurant is also famous for its seafood and delights. It is at King Fahd Branch Rd, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh. Make your tour of Saudi Arabia a wonderful one by spending quality time dining in Elements.

2.     The Globe

The Globe is the ideal dining spot for the food experience of French, Arabic, and European cuisines. The restaurant is in the capital city of Saudi Arabia at King Fahd Branch Rd, Al Faisaliah Tower. From the three-story height of about 240 meters, the restaurant offers beautiful scenic views of the city. You can enjoy Cuban Cigars in the cigar lounge of the restaurant.

The restaurant comprises various food items, a classy interior look, friendly and hospitable staff, and luxurious sitting arrangements. The restaurant offers a fantastic traditional tea experience on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only. Add the Global restaurant to the dining places you will visit in Saudi Arabia.

3.     Taste of India

Another dining spot to visit and eat in Saudi Arabia is the Taste of India. The restaurant offers delicious food dishes with original Indian flavours. You will find a luxurious sitting arrangement, beautiful interior, tasty food, and hospitable staff at the restaurant. On your tour to Saudi Arabia, you can only experience the rich tastes of Indian cuisines at the Taste of India restaurant.

Must spend quality time with your family and friends at the Taste of India restaurant and enjoy rich Indian spices and flavours. The restaurant is at 52 Al Olaya, Riyadh. Tourists must try Indian foods, including tandoori, chaat, north Indian cuisines, and especially Biryanis, on their visit to Riyadh.

4.     Lusin Restaurant

Another fantastic dining place to visit in Saudi Arabia is the Lusin restaurant. The restaurant is well-known for providing rich and original flavours of Armenian foods in the capital city of Saudi Arabia. You can experience a beautiful interior, nice and comfy sitting placement, soothing Armenian music, and delicious food at Lusin restaurant. Tourists must visit this place with their families and friends to get a real taste of Armenian foods

 You can enjoy a memorable evening at Lusin restaurant as it provides a charming and mesmerizing environment with dim lighting and beautiful views. The unique dishes of this place include kebabs, manti, saborak, tabbouleh, and many others. The restaurant is at Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Centria Mall Olaya Street intersection with Riyadh.

5.     Mirage Restaurant

To experience Chinese flavours on your trip to Saudi Arabia, you must visit the Mirage Restaurant. The place offers beautiful interiors with lavish decorations such as a huge aquarium and a pond. Tourists can enjoy many tasty Chinese foods, including special soups and noodles, while sitting around the pond.

Add Mirage Restaurant to your visit to Riyadh and enjoy rich Chinese flavours with your friends and loved ones. The restaurant has recently added Taiwanese food dishes to its menu card, so you don't have to go elsewhere for Taiwanese food. You can also enjoy making your favourite food in the restaurant's open kitchen. The place is at Takhassusi St, Ar Rahmaniyyah, Riyadh 11564, Saudi Arabia.

6.     Al Nakheel

Another best dining place for enjoying delicious Arabic and North African cuisines is the Al Nakheel restaurant. Along with tasty food, the restaurant offers a lavish interior, comfortable sitting placement, hospitable staff members, and a cosy environment. Due to the Arabian-style crockery, decorations, dining items, and presentation, you can find this place as an exclusive representation of Arabian culture and style.

The restaurant is on the top story of Al Khozama Center, Al Kurnaysh Rd, Jeddah. You can watch the scenic views of the beautiful city while enjoying tasty Arabian and North African foods. This dining place offers multiple food options to enjoy different meals all day. Must visit Al Nakheel restaurant for the best dining experiences from the heights of Al Khozama Center.

7.     Spazio

Another restaurant offering different flavours in the land of Saudi Arabia is Spazio restaurant. This dining place is famous for its rich flavoured Italian, French, and Japanese dishes. The restaurant's menu card holds numerous cuisines and offers delicious flavours to enrich your taste buds. Other than tasty food, you will find a Sushi bar decorated with the art style, a lovely interior, and an adventurous walking on the sky bridge of the tower.

Spazio is at the second tallest building in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom Tower، Al Urubah Rd, 77Th Floor، Riyadh. Enjoy the rich flavours of Japanese food, making this restaurant the best dining place for Japanese food. You can enjoy a new experience of beautiful scenic views and mesmerizing glimpses of the sunset from the tower's heights. Must visit Spazio for dining and capturing stunning views on your trip to Saudi Arabia.

8.     Fairuz Garden

The best dining place for Lebanese cuisines is the Fairuz Garden in the capital of Saudi Arabia. The restaurant provides luxurious sitting placement, a cosy environment with dim lights, charming interiors, and large fountains to its guests. Many tourists visit this place to satisfy their food cravings with delicious Lebanese food such as Fatoush, Hummus, Kibbeh, Tabouleh, and Baba Ghanoush.

For its fancy ambiance and other lavish luxuries, the Fairuz Garden is considered one of the top fancy restaurants in Saudi Arabia. The place has indoor and outdoor sitting placements, so you can enjoy your food while experiencing the mesmerizing scenes from the height of Kingdom Tower. Fairuz Garden is at King Fahd Rd, Riyadh. Must visit this amazing dining place with your friends and family on your tour to Saudi Arabia.

9.     Eataly

The Eataly restaurant in Riyadh is one of the best dining places for unique food experiences of Italian cuisines. This place offers fantastic Italian flavours to the food dishes. Guests and locals enjoy the food items and hospitable environment of the restaurant. The combination of Eat and Italy coins the name of this dining place.

You can enjoy food items like pasta, fried items, pizzas, fish, meat, and vegetable dishes at Eataly. The restaurant offers multiple food options to enjoy at different meal times. Eataly is at Al-Malik a Nasir, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh. Don't forget to try the kid's menu that is low in oil and spices. Must visit this place with your kids and family.

10.  Assaraya Turkish Restaurant

For the best Turkish cuisines, Assaraya is the top restaurant in Riyadh to visit on your tour of Saudi Arabia. You can spend a memorable time at the restaurant while enjoying the cosy environment, pleasant interior, and comfortable seating placement with your favourite Turkish cuisines.

The restaurant's Deluxe ambiance offers guests family deals so that you can enjoy quality time with your family and friends by availing of the deals. The restaurant is Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh. For enjoying all meals of the day, you can satisfy your cravings at the restaurant with rich flavours.

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