Six tourist spots in Saudi Arabia that are worth visiting

Six tourist spots in Saudi Arabia that are worth visiting
 

Tourists are now welcome in Saudi Arabia, but should you visit?

The conservative Islamic kingdom bans alcohol and detains domestic critics, and only recently allowed couples to share a room without proving they’re married – provided they’re foreign visitors.

But for those who are curious and willing to put up with a shortage of good hotels outside the main cities, it offers ancient ruins that rival Jordan’s and a rich and varied culture that defies stereotypes. Here are six spots to head for if you do make it.

1. The ruins of Al Ula

 

Al Ula is the best-known destination in Saudi Arabia for a reason. The stunning area in the kingdom’s northwest is scattered with golden rock formations, lush citrus farms and the remains of several ancient kingdoms.

The most famous ruins, Mada’in Saleh, contain clusters of 2,000-year-old Nabatean tombs. Think of Jordan’s Petra, minus the crowds.

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