Saudi Arabia

Now is the time to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation with simmering potential and sharpened ambition on the very cusp of taking the world stage by storm. Dating back to pre-Islamic Arabia, this Arab country has and continues to dominate the Arabian peninsula in wealth, size, and cultural influence. The Kingdom was founded in 1932 by King Abdulaziz when he united the four historical regions into a single state, beginning with Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the Al Saud. When petroleum was discovered in 1938,  Saudi Arabia became the world’s second largest oil producer and a major world economy. It is also where the world’s second largest religion, Islam, was born. Within this country, religious doctrines dictate the social norms and day to day activities: each day begins with the call to dawn prayers, and worshippers pray four more times throughout the day and into the evening. Recreational activities are often a family affair and segregation of the sexes is commonplace. Though Saudi Arabia has long been a major religious destination with millions visiting Islam’s two holy cities of Mecca and Medina annually, the kingdom recently opened its doors to the rest of the world, promoting leisure travel as part of a strategy to diversify its economy. With several tourism-focused projects and high-end developments already in the pipeline, Saudi Arabia is poised to become the next world-class destination. It juxtaposes ancient souqs and modern skyscrapers in Riyadh, ruins of the ancient Nabatean civilization with upcoming luxury resorts blended into Al Ula’s desert-scape, and Jeddah’s historical landmarks with cutting-edge modern museums. Off the beaten track towns perched in the mountains, out in the desert on ancient trade routes, and along the coasts are raw and awaiting discovery. 

Saudi Arabia Regions

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Seasonality & Festivals

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When to Go
When to Go

Weather in Saudi Arabia

Asia’s diverse weather patterns and seasonal events means you’ll need an expert to help guide you.

  • The best times to visit Saudi Arabia are between November and February when the weather is mild and most comfortable though the Kingdom can be visited year-round based on ideal climate conditions which vary across the regions.
  • The main climate differences can be felt between the coastal areas and the interiors. Riyadh experiences temperate weather, with warm days and frigid nights, low humidity and extreme summers. The coastal areas around the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf can remain warm and humid all year.
  • Summers are intense, dry with no rain, and with moderate humidity. From May onwards, temperatures soar in the high 80’s and peak in August.
  • Winter peaks between December and January, with January being the coldest month. Average temperatures during this season are comfortable in the low 70’s during the day but in certain regions, can drop to low 30’s by night.
  • Most rainfall occurs between November and April, over winter. Jeddah can experience tropical thunderstorms and balmy days, with highs reaching mid-80s Fahrenheit.
  • Spring and Autumn are short and sweet, switching quickly between hot and cold with minimal rain. During spring, after the winter shows, the Kingdom’s vegetation comes to life so this is the best time to explore the flora and fauna in the hills.

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