Saudi Arabia’s 6 cultural wonders

Imagine being one of the first international visitors to catch a glimpse of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saudi Arabia, home to six of these cultural wonders, is possibly the only place in the world where you can do that.

Imbued with a rich culture, a strong heritage and unique hospitality, there are thousands of years of history to discover in this country with landscapes between ancient cities, lush oases and archeological riches. From mud brick citadels to ancient tombs, the historical wonders of Saudi Arabia are enormous and unique.

1. Al-Ahsa Oasis

If you think of Saudi Arabia, you probably imagine desert stretches ocher color, with towering dunes as far as the eye can see. But the great deserts generally contain enormous oases: theyAl-Ahsa oasis is the largest in the world.

Located three and a half hours drive east of Riyadh, the oasis is surrounded by 2.5 million date palms producing Khalas dates, a sweet and sticky variety the region is known for. The green landscape is dotted with historic buildings and the limestone mountains of Al Qara. They are home to natural caves and Douga’s craft pottery, where the old skills of working with clay are passed down from generation to generation.

Former residence of King Abdulaziz, the first King of Saudi Arabia, Al-Ahsa also has unique cultural sites. You can visit Abdulaziz’s former bedroom at home Al Mullah and take a look at her wardrobe, visit Ibrahim Palace built in XVIand century of the Ottomans, or buy a souvenir of souq (local market).

Saudi Arabia’s 6 cultural wonders

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