If you intend to go on holiday in Saudi Arabia you will discover some of the great delights of the Middle East. The metropolitan city of Jeddah is filled with souqs and coral houses, once the home of wealthy merchants. It is located on the Red Sea and close enough for you to pay a visit to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. The Empty Quarter, will amaze you with sand dunes the size of small buildings and the mountain resorts of Abha and Taif are popular destinations to go hiking.
You can get flights to Saudi Arabia which take you directly into Jeddah. Airport carriers Saudi Arabia Airlines and British Airways from London Heathrow Airport and a direct flight will take you around six hours. You can also get indirect flights with Saudi Arabia Airlines to a number of other destinations in the country including Riyadh, Abha, Dhahran and Madinah. If you want to fly from other destinations across the UK you can also get indirect flights to Jeddah and many other locations with airlines such as Air France, Gulf Air, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.
The best form of transport from the Jeddah King Abudl Aziz airport is via a taxi. The same goes from getting to the town centre from Riyadh and Taif s airports. If you are planning on travelling long distances over the country, buses are your best option. However, within cities the most reliable form of transport is by taxi.
You will need to do your research to find cheap hotels in Saudi Arabia. However, smaller hotels do offer discounted rates, you just need to find them. You will find luxurious hotels are in abundance if you are looking to splash out and stay in style.
You don't have to spend a fortune on food whilst on holiday in Saudi Arabia. You can pick up the delicious Middle Eastern delight of shwarma (doner Kebab) in small restaurants across the country. Another cheap bite is Egyptian stew made from mashed fava beans and falafel, tabbouleh and hummus are also readily available. If you are lucky and manage to wangle an invite to eat in a Saudi Arabian home, you will taste the countries food in its most traditional form.
There are strict laws in Saudi Arabia including a ban on alcohol (but it can be found discreetly in some resorts). Make sure you are informed before you enter the country to ensure you don'get into any unnecessary trouble.
Flight prices don'really vary from season to season, but the best time to visit the country is between the months of November and February. In the summer months the temperatures can rise to 40 degrees Celsius with high humidity.
Updated 5th March 2014
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