Saudi Arabia today
    • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia constitutes the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000 km2 it is the largest sovereign state in the Middle East, the second-largest in the Arab world (after Algeria), the fifth-largest in Asia, and the 12th-largest in the world. As of October 2018, the Saudi economy was the largest in the Middle East and the 18th largest in the world, with the country’s rich and growing tourism sector a key economic driver.

​​​​​​Saudi Arabia is both an economic powerhouse and a country proud of its Arabic and Islamic heritage, natural beauty and its pivotal role in the modern world. From early times Saudi Arabia has played an important role in the Middle East, acting as a bridge between the East and the West. This is a role Saudi Arabia is still playing today, as it welcomes visitors from around the world to enjoy its rapidly growing modern cities and traditional mud-built towns, its monuments and beaches, islands, mountains and deserts. 

 Modern cities

Saudi Arabia is blessed with many modern, thriving cities offering well-established infrastructure and a full range of tourism services and attractions, providing convenient bases for exploring the Kingdom’s riches. On the west coast is Jeddah which for hundreds of years has been the gateway to the holy sites of Makkah and Medinah, and whose old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In contrast to the old-time charms of Jeddah is the modernity of Riyadh, a booming, sprawling city dominated by spectacular buildings such as Kingdom Tower, the King Fahd National Library and the Norman Foster-designed Al Faisaliah building, making Riyadh a true testament to modern architecture.

 Political dimension

Saudi Arabia is an Islamic Arab country that enjoys a leading global position among the Islamic and friendly countries with which the Kingdom is linked by close political relations that result from its positions toward regional and international issues. This has made Saudi Arabia the most politically stable country in the world and the focus of attention for those who wish to discover it. 

 A bright future

A member of the G20 group of leading world economies, Saudi Arabia has embarked on a series of mega projects that are diversifying the economy and transforming the country into a tolerant, modern society built on Islamic principles and Arabic heritage. With tourism seen as a strategic economic driver, Saudi Arabia has never been more open and prepared to welcome visitors from around the world.


The Saudi people are extremely welcoming and hospitable. It is a country proud of its Bedouin traditions of courtesy and generosity, both of which are values that define the Kingdom’s burgeoning tourism sector. Modern tourism facilities are available in all major cities, and with many Saudis speaking English, it’s easy to be understood.

 Tourist destinations

Saudi Arabia’s wide range of natural attractions, rich history and modern attractions offer everything from beach holidays to desert safaris, museum tours to desert hikes, urban exploring to spa retreats, with a modern, expanding hotel sector catering for all tastes and budgets.

 UNESCO sites

Saudi Arabia has five accredited UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mada’in Saleh, the Atturaif quarter of Addiriyah, Historic Jeddah, Ha’il rock art sites, and Al-Ahsa Oasis​. ​

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