From the sapphire twinkle of the Red Sea to the soaring sand dunes of Rub‘ al Khali, Saudi Arabia is a country of colourful contrasts. Fly to Saudi Arabia with Qatar Airways and you can shop in 21st Century comfort at one of the high-end shopping malls or haggle for bargains in a bustling bazaar.
History buffs will find themselves entranced by the desert-dusted ruins of AlUla Heritage Village, while those who prefer modern surroundings will relish the splendour and sophistication of Riyadh. And let’s not forget that, with over 2000km of coastline, there are some world-class beaches with powder-soft sands.
If you’ve decided to travel to Saudi Arabia with Qatar Airways and you’re bringing the whole family, you’ll find plenty for the younger members to get to grips with. Family is the foundation of Arabic society, and you can easily spend a day at some of the country’s theme parks. If it’s thrills and spills you’re after, the Al Shallal Theme Park is packed with knuckle-whitening rides. Al Jubail’s Aqua Park will give the kids plenty of opportunity to cool off and burn up some energy.
Known as ‘The Land of the Two Holy Mosques,’ Saudi is home to two of the most sacred places in Islam: Medina’s Al-Masjid an-Nabawi mosque, and Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram. Both are incomparably beautiful and are the sites of pilgrimage for Muslims across the world.
To really ramp things up a notch, go on a dune-bashing trip. Using 4x4 SUVs, you can pit your driving skills against spectacular sand dunes, such as those found in the Al Nufud Al Kabir dunefield – many of which loom over 700m in height. Alternatively, take a camel trek with the Bedu nomads and spend a night under the stars, listening to the silence of the sands.
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