Situated in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has a lot of things to offer. Despite the tension in neighboring countries, this Islamic land is on its way to progress by utilizing its natural resources like minerals and oils. Saudi Arabia is the largest state in the Middle East covering 80% of the Arabian Peninsula and it is bordered by Islamic countries namely Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. It follows the traditional way of politics through exercising monarchy. This is a manifestation of how culture has been preserved through time. But Saudi Arabia is not only about deserts, camels and Kings. It houses a wide array of tourist spots where one will definitely enjoy staying for a vacation. Popular cities in Saudi Arabia are Riyadh, Mecca and Jeddah, all play a vital role in the practice of Islam all over the world.
Al Wahbah Crater
Located 254 kilometers from Taif, this crater sits with a 2 kilometer diameter and estimated to be around 500 meters deep wherein the bottom of the crater is said to covered with minerals. Samples show traces white sodium phosphate crystal deposits sitting in the bottom of the crater. Many believe that the crater was a product of a meteorite activity but geologists are convinced that this crater was formed by volcanic activity. Camping sites can be found south of the crater which can provide you with amazing views of this natural wonder. Truly, this breathtaking scenery would make your stay worthwhile.
As this Arab nation is surrounded with fine sand and possessing a relatively high temperature, it is just but wonderful to see oases that would help you feel rejuvenated. The Al-Hasa Oasis is located 60 kilometers towards the inland from the Persian Gulf. It is known to be the largest oasis in all of Saudi Arabia. Isn’t that fantastic? History tells that the Al-Hasa Oasis was a resting point of merchants traversing east of Saudi Arabia, then to countries like India and Persia. Covering approximately 12,000 hectares and surrounded by lush palm trees, one quick dip in this seemingly startling natural wonder should be on the travelling list!
Jabal Qarah Hills
If you are up to an adventure, then the Jabal Qarah Hills will surely provide you one. Trekking this hill is not an easy task; you need to fight the hot weather and the steep ascent of 225 meters above sea level. As you reach the peak, you will be captivated with the huge white walls out of sediments of limestone and sandstones. There are caves inside, too. But it takes guts to go down a few feet and once you reach the bottom, only a beam of light can enter. Don’t worry, there are railings and stairs for public use. For shutterbugs who are waiting for the perfect landscape subject, the Jabal Qarah Hills will surely provide you one.
Saudi Arabia sits just beside the Red Sea, it is bordered by a large mountain range globally known as the Hijaz. Unlike in other mountains and deserts, the sands of Hijaz are darker and are known to be more volcanic than others. The Hijaz is rich in biblical stories and Muslims believe that the Great End includes a huge fire that would break out in the mountains of Hijaz.
Rub’ al Khali
Also known as the Empty Quarter, the Rub’ al Khali is considered to be one of the largest deserts in the world. This desert is rich in oil, which is one of the reasons why Saudi Arabia plays a crucial role in the global oil trade. Despite the absence of water, the desert still is a home of a few species of arachnids and rodents. Within the middle of the dessert are lake beds made of hardened calcium carbonate and gypsum.