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Book a flight to Abha with Qatar Airways

Book a flight to Abha with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover that this is not your typical desert hideaway and is imbued with its own distinct personality.

If you want to escape the urban summer heat while in Saudi Arabia, then head for Abha. This often-overlooked gem in the southwestern region of Asir continues to attract a growing legion of visitors and business travellers alike.

Whereas much of Saudi Arabia is desert, Abha is a glittering city that sits 2,200 metres above sea level. It is considerably cooler than the rest of the Kingdom, making it a true oasis with a stunning mountain backdrop and vibrant flora. Cool, white structures influenced by classical Arabian designs decorate its skyline.

Abha highlights

From Saudi Arabia's tallest peak, Jebel Soudah, to the Green Mountain, Abha is the Arab world at its most exotic .

  • Tourist attractions

    Take a tripTravel to Abha and you’ll find a city soaked with character, with remnants of its past tucked away down winding alleys and narrow streets. Southwest of the Grand Mosque is the town square, where antiquated yet well-preserved structures offer a glimpse of a bygone era. Beware that if you want to take photographs of the Town Hall, then you must ask permission first.

    A couple of hours’ drive from the city centre is the hanging village of Habala. Built during the Ottoman period, it was originally only accessible by hanging ropes (hence the name). Today, a thrilling cable car ride takes you to this unique attraction.

    In the middle of Abha is the Green Mountain, which is actually a hill that offers a glorious panoramic view of the city. At the top, relax in the restaurant with shisha and traditional mint tea, as you sit back and admire the sunset.

    To find out more about the region and its history during your trip to Abha, take a trip to Bin Hamssan Cultural Village, which offers a fascinating glimpse of local life.

  • Leisure activities

    To make the most of your visit trip to Abha, it’s advisable to have – or at least consult – a tour guide. This mountainous area is perfect for hiking and trekking. However, you should watch out for the baboons, which are wild and should not be approached. You can also take a hot-air balloon cruise over the region, for an awe-inspiring experience.

    If you’re relatively fit, Jebel Soudah is well worth a climb. This breathtaking mountain is Saudi Arabia’s tallest peak, at 2,910 metres.

    The Al Soudah cable car ride takes you to Rijal Al Ma’a mud-brick village, where you can explore more of the area’s history at a museum. While you’re there, you can stroll through the valley while soaking up the sights of lush greenery and vivid flowers.

  • Food

    Indulge in traditional Middle Eastern cuisine during your visit to Abha. There are plenty of family-run restaurants serving a fabulous selection of mezze and meals, such as stuffed aubergine and chicken tajine.

    Vegetarian options are also plentiful, and the most common drink here is mint tea, a fresh and delicious alternative to the notoriously strong coffee.

    A selection of street vendors selling light snacks and local specialties is available, as well as some more generic fast-food restaurants. The premier-quality restaurants tend to be focused around the city centre.

  • Shopping

    If you travel to Abha and want to partake in some retail therapy, you’re in luck. For locally made arts and crafts, the Tuesday Market is hard to beat. Here you’ll find a wide selection of souvenirs, gifts and novelty items such as traditional camel-leather baby carriers and clay ovens.

    While branded shops and boutiques tend to be located at the heart of the city, you can buy traditional Asir children’s clothes from the museum, and silverware in the Khamis Souq.

Essential facts about Abha

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