8 Most Picturesque Places In Saudi Arabia That Capture The Country’s Beauty

From the windswept dunes of the Empty Quarter to the clear waters of the Red Sea, each corner of Saudi Arabia offers a unique glimpse into its diverse beauty

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Most Picturesque Places In Saudi Arabia That Capture The Country’s Beauty

In the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia is home to natural wonders and cultural marvels waiting to be discovered. From the windswept dunes of the Empty Quarter to the clear waters of the Red Sea, each corner of Saudi Arabia offers a unique glimpse into its diverse beauty. Join us on a journey through the eight most picturesque places in Saudi Arabia that showcase the country’s stunning landscapes and rich heritage.

1. Diriyah

Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is celebrated for its vibrant cultural history and traditional mud-brick architecture. Once the home of the Saudi royal family, its ruins are divided into districts like Turaif, Ghusaibah, and Bujairi, each offering unique attractions. Today, it blends heritage with modern amenities, hosting events like the Diriyah ePrix and preserving its historical significance through restored palaces and museums.

2. Hegra


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AlUla’s ancient city of Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, dates before the 1st millennium BC. It features more than 110 well-preserved Nabataean burial tombs carved into desert rock, each providing insights into the lives of the elite. The site also showcases ancient engineering marvels like wells, stone-lined water channels, and Roman-influenced defensive walls, gates, and towers.

3. Edge Of The World

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The Edge of the World (Jebel Fihrayn), near Riyadh, is a striking geological formation at the end of the Tuwaik Mountain range. Popular for hiking and mountain climbing, it offers stunning views from its 1,131 m high cliff. Accessible by four-wheel drive, it provides uninterrupted vistas of the arid landscape and ancient caravan routes once travelled by wild camels.

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4. Al Balad

Jeddah’s Al Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014, is one of the picturesque places in Saudi Arabia. It features narrow alleys winding between ancient coral-stone houses, a bustling Souq Al Alawi, and restored mansions like Nasseef House hosting art exhibitions. Galleries, workshops, and trendy cafes are revitalizing this seventh-century district for a vibrant future.

5. Al Rahmah Mosque (Floating Mosque)

Al Rahmah Mosque (Floating Mosque)
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Masjid Al Rahma, the Floating Mosque in Jeddah, is a beloved attraction on the Red Sea coast. Its visited by millions annually. Built on pillars, this stunning white mosque combines classical and contemporary architecture. It  consist of a fully functional prayer space and essential facilities. Don’t miss the breathtaking views from Corniche Road, especially at sunrise or high tide, when the mosque appears to float on the water.

6. Rijal Almaa

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Rijal Almaa village, the capital of Rijal Almaa Province, has a rich history as a commercial hub. It connects travellers from Yemen and the Levant to Makkah and Madinah. It boasts around 60 natural-material palaces and is being rehabilitated by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities. The village is 45 km west of Abha, surrounded by Al-Souda Center to the east. Mahayel Asir province to the north, Al-Darb province to the south, and the Red Sea to the west.

7. Al Qarah Mountain

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Al Qarah Mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. It of boasts unique caves formed by water-soluble rock dissolution, collapse from abrasion, and earthquake fissures. Caves like Al Nashab offer stable temperatures. Local potters use them for workshops. With 28 passageways spanning 1.5 kilometres, caves such as Bu Saleh, Al Eid, An Naqa, Al Mua’adhamah, and Al Maheub are famous for guided tours, attracting visitors to this remarkable historical site.

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8. Umluj


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Umluj, a city in the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia overlooking the Red Sea, is renowned for its beaches, islands, and marine life. Popular among tourists for aquatic activities. It boasts palm-lined coasts and numerous heritage sites highlighting its historical significance and natural beauty.

From the ancient ruins of Diriyah to the stunning tombs of Hegra, each place tells a compelling story of history and picturesque architectural marvel. From the Edge of the World to Al Qarah Mountain’s unique caves, Saudi Arabia promises an unforgettable adventure. Saudi Arabia promises a memorable adventure for travelers exploring ancient civilizations and modern amenities alike.

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