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Known as the Forbidden Kingdom, Saudi Arabia had been off-limits to visitors until very recently. The region has therefore always been enchanting and mysterious for western travellers. As the country is slowly opening its doors to travellers, visitors are discovering a large number of surprises that can be found throughout Saudi Arabia.

The highlight of Saudi Arabia is Madain Saleh. Often called the Petra of Saudi Arabia, it is one of the most monumental and magical sites in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter is the world's largest sand sea and home to enormous sand dunes that provide unique vistas. The desert is also home to rare animals like the beautiful Arabian oryx.

Far south is Najran, a stop for ancient caravans with brick forts rising out of oases and palm plantations. On the coastline of the country lies Jeddah, a comparatively liberal destination in the kingdom. Jeddah is home to beautiful coral houses and ancient souqs that offer an overwhelming mix of colour, sights and sounds. Jeddah is also home to excellent cafes and restaurants.

The Red Sea is home to coral reefs that are known to be among the most spectacular and least spoilt in the world and therefore an excellent place for diving and snorkelling. There are also several other outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in Saudi Arabia like desert excursions and dune bashing. Scattered throughout the kingdom are plenty of beautiful beaches, zoos, public parks and amusement parks that offer a good range of activities for people of all age groups.

Tourist Offices - The Supreme Commission for Tourism, Riyadh: +966 (0)1 480 8855 or www.sct.gov.sa

 

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Entry Requirements for Saudi Arabia Holidays & Saudi Arabia Travel

All visitors require a visa to enter Saudi Arabia, and visas are only granted to those with sponsorship in the country. Tourist visas are granted only to selected groups on a limited basis. Everyone who enters the Kingdom should have a valid passport with at least six months validity in addition to the appropriate visa and a return ticket. Women entering the Kingdom alone must be met by a sponsor or male relative and have confirmed accommodation for the duration of their stay. Entry may be refused to any visitor arriving in an intoxicated state, men wearing shorts, women in tight clothing or with legs and arms exposed, and to couples displaying affection in public. There are special requirements for pilgrims undertaking the Haj or visiting holy sites.


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Saudi Arabia Holidays - Currency of Saudi Arabia

The Saudi currency is the Riyal (SAR), divided into 100 halala. Foreign currency can be changed at banks and exchange bureaux. Banking hours are generally Saturday to Wednesday from 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 8pm. All major credit cards are accepted at shops, hotels and restaurants in Saudi Arabia. Travellers cheques are also accepted and ATMs are widely available. There are no taxes in Saudi Arabia, so shopping is good value.

 

Saudi Arabia Telephone Access Codes and Communications

Saudi Arabia has a good telephone network. The country code is +966 and the outgoing international code 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)1 for Riyadh. Two mobile telephone service providers operate GSM 900 networks and there are Internet facilities in most cities. Email is accessible from hotels and Internet cafes.

 

Saudi Arabia Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

Travellers to Saudi Arabia do not have to pay duty on 600 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g tobacco; or perfume or cultured pearls for personal use. Duty is payable on cameras and other electronic goods, and refunds on these are available if the articles are re-exported within 90 days. Strictly prohibited are food products and carbonated water, animals and birds and palm trees or derivatives thereof. Other prohibited items include alcohol, firearms, drugs, pork products and natural pearls.

 

Saudi Arabia Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

Service charge is usually included in bills at hotels. Elsewhere a tip of 10% can be offered for services rendered. Taxi drivers can be given 10% of the fare.


 

 

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