Experience the waterfront at this coastal resort, one of the best things to do in Jeddah. Take a promenade that stretches along 30km of pristine coastline. You could explore an array of restaurants, mosques (Al Rahma Mosque), parks, resorts, and more. The XJED Music Festival is a good time to be in Jeddah. Check out the Durrat Al-Arus private beach or head out to Silver Sands Beach for watersports activities. Red Sea Mall, Mall of Arabia, Andalus, and Boulevard shopping malls are some of the things to do in Jeddah as well.
Looking for traditional clothes, perfumes, jewelry, crockery, and other artifacts, then head to the Al Balad Souk, Jeddah’s open-air market. It is one of the oldest and most popular souks, a popular Saudi Arabia attraction as well. Buy souvenirs such as rare coffee beans, carpets, electronics, rugs, and more. Gabel Street Souk is another alternative market to experience in the city. Explore the intricately designed houses in Jeddah’s old town built using corals and take a walk as you retrace the history of the great kingdom. Don’t forget to bargain a good deal for yourself at the array of shops for a good buy.
Visiting the Center Point Skyscraper is a popular thing to do in Riyadh which is a 99 story, 302.3 m tall skyscraper completed in 2002. The beautiful arched skyscraper also has an observatory from where you can get a chance to witness spectacular sunset views. The building with modern architecture is also called ‘the necklace of the city’ due to St. Louis Arch. Try fine dining experiences at the Four Seasons Hotel that occupies the 30th to 48th floor. The 77th floor is home to the world’s tallest mosque. Or, you could also opt for shopping on the second floor called ‘The Ladies Kingdom’.
This escarpment northwest of Riyadh offers endless views, so look for interesting rock formations or angles that show the sheer drop to really illustrate how the area lives up to its name. The abundant fossils in the area come to life at golden hour, presenting another interesting shot at sunset.
Book a tour to the islands off the coast of Al-Wajh and Umluj in the Red Sea. Hire a local boatman in the winter and head out to discover the dolphins. Indulge in diving, and snorkeling, and bring on your adventurous side. The locals are delightful with their hospitality and probably welcome you to a meal. However, please remember that the tourists are expected to dress modestly and bikinis are not allowed. Take along your diving gear and have a great time.
This is a famous Saudi tourism highlight, an archaeological site at the Mada’in Saleh with scattered rock formations. Mada’in Saleh is the most famous ruin with 2000-year-old Nabatean tombs. You could visit it in the winter during the Tantora Festival. Lots of restaurants spring up in the area, a great way to indulge in local cuisines as well. The ruins take you back to the history of the ancient Dadanian Kingdom’s metropolis, now a ghost town made of mud and stone.
Once you have explored every nook and cranny of this 400-year-old stone settlement, head down to the road in front of the village to catch it illuminated by the last bit of the day’s sun. You’ll see why it’s called the Marble Village as the pale slate pops against the dark mountains.
No matter what time of day you visit, the contrast between the blue lake and golden dunes is striking, but it comes alive at sunset. Climb up high for the best view, and be patient as the colors change the water, sand and sky. While Asfar Lake (also known as Yellow Lake) is the star of the show, keep an eye out for interesting dune formations or little details along the shoreline.
Plan ahead for sunset views here — high canyon walls mean that golden hour is earlier. Down on the ground, look for reflective pools to help show the rock formations. If you have the chance, venture up to higher ground to gain a perspective on just how magnificent Al Disah Valley is.
By the time the sun is setting, you’ll probably be heading back to the main island after a day of exploring the little islands. This is the perfect time to snap silhouettes of the many boats or even see dolphins. If you’re on the main island, the area around Beit Al Refai or one of the many beaches are ideal for taking in the sunset.
The reward for scrambling back up to the edge of Al Wahbah Crater is being able to watch the setting sun tint the white crater floor. Look for an angle where you can capture the last rays dropping below the crater’s edge.
The trouble with Al Soudah is that there are almost no bad views, which means it is very popular. Head up Jabal Sawda until you find a good vantage point, and settle in for a show. A zoom lens can help create dramatic images of the sun going down among the layers of peaks. Don’t get too distracted by the view, though — the baboons are always on the prowl for leftovers!
The area around Tarout Castle is a lovely place to watch the sun set over Tarout Island, especially the eye-catching mosque just below. Too much work to climb up? In the rainy season, the puddles are perfect for reflecting the castle and palm trees.
This unique park in King Abdullah Economic City is full of hedges artfully trimmed into a menagerie of animal shapes. If you have already filled your camera roll with sunset dunes and mountains, this might be the place to grab some sunset selfies with a leafy camel.
Jeddah is gearing up for the biggest party in Saudi! Let us take you there where you’ll find tantalising experiences, fun for the family and food not to miss. Running from May to June, the season will offer a packed schedule of 2,800 events reflecting Jeddah’s rich culture and heritage, as well as its growing status as a major regional tourist destination.
Riyadh is our nation’s capital. Nestled with history, culture and modern marvels. — explore the nation’s stage, where its bold future, Vision 2030, can be envisioned. The city’s fascinating, centuries-old history can be found within its atmospheric souqs, famous restaurants,compelling museums, and ancient architecture, but it’s also a modern metropolis, with glittering high-rises, shopper’s paradise for malls and authentic restaurants. The winter months are an ideal time to visit Riyadh.