By far the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. The Persian Gulf lies northeast and to the west is the Red Sea. Sometimes called the "Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina, the holiest cities of Islam, Saudi Arabia is a staunchly Arab, Islamic country. As with its Muslim women, a veil conceals the true face of this fascinating country. Many believe it to be a romantic but backward country that's mostly populated by nomadic Bedouins, but this is a misconception - Saudi Arabia is a richly complex country. In addition to colourful Bedouins it features major cities that are generally very modern, with world-class amenities and plenty of cafes, restaurants and shopping opportunities ranging from lively souks to modern department stores. Although for religious reasons there is no nightlife, Saudi Arabia does feature desert oases, sweeping Empty Quarter vistas, dramatic mountain peaks and numerous sparkling beaches in addition to its urban attractions. Visitors on discount travel to Saudi Arabia should be aware that Islamic laws are strictly enforced, but Saudi Arabia is in many ways a magic kingdom that is beginning to lift its national veil, revealing its exotic secrets to non-Muslim travellers.
Saudi Arabia is a perfect destination for travellers that crave striking natural scenery, ancient history and colourful cultural traditions. You too can enjoy this exotic destination: Direct Flights books cheap flights to Saudi Arabia and has several complete Saudi Arabia discount travel packages that also include cheap accommodation in Saudi Arabia.
The Empty Quarter (the Rub al-Khali), a sand desert that's bigger than France, is the home of huge sculptured sand dunes that seemingly go on forever and ancient caravan stops at oases. Jeddah, the most cosmopolitan city in the country, is a cultural melting pot on the Red Sea coast that features colourful souks and shops, lovely coral buildings and spectacular, unspoilt coral reefs. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital city is one of the fastest growing cities in the world but also a city filled with contradictions: its citizens are hurried along to prayer in the traditional manner amidst stunning modern high-rise skyscrapers and fine hotels that rise out of the desert.
Madain Saleh, an ancient pre-Islamic city in the north, is among the most impressive sites in the Middle East and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The oasis at Najran, a hidden gem close to Yemen that's surrounded by mountains, features fortress-like homes along the wadi and a mud-brick fort. Taif, with a mild climate due to its elevation, becomes the Kingdom’s capital during the summer months, and features wide, tree-lined streets, pink palaces, graceful gardens and a large colourful souk. Asir National Park offers some of Saudi Arabia's most spectacular scenery and wildlife. Portions of the park are in the desert, but towering mountains also plunge down onto the Red Sea coastal plain. And by all means, if you can, take in the annual King's Camel Race during the national Heritage and Cultural Festival at Jenadriyah - it's one of the world's largest and most important camel races. Direct Flights will set up all your discount travel arrangements, whether you'll be flying out of Germany, Australia, the United States or anywhere else in the world.
From colourful camel markets and souks to sweeping desert panoramas, mountain vistas and sparkling beaches, from desert oases to modern cities and everything in between, Saudi Arabia has it all. The majority of flights to Saudi Arabia arrive at Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah or Dammam, and Direct Flights is always ready to book your cheap holidays to Saudi Arabia: a mysterious and magical kingdom.