9 Fun Things to Do Only in Saudi Arabia

Have you ever wondered about the fun and unique things you can only do in Saudi Arabia? The country is brimming with unusual activities that offer a thrilling adventure for every kind of curious traveler. Whether it’s the modern charm of the cities or the untamed allure of nature, Saudi Arabia is a destination that never ceases to amaze.

From the ancient ruins of Hegra in Al Ula to the lively culture of Jeddah’s old city, lesser-known sites throughout the Kingdom await you. Read on to awaken the adrenaline junkie, history buff, or culture enthusiast in you.

1) Thrills in the Sands: Desert Adventures at Al Ula

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If you’re seeking desert thrills, the sprawling expanse of Al Ula is your calling. This region offers a range of exhilarating desert sports, from dune bashing to sandboarding. After an action-packed day, unwind in the luxury and comfort of our Al Ula hotels, reflecting on your memorable desert escapade. Among the fun things to do in Saudi Arabia, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra presents another captivating experience. This archeological haven is home to ancient tombs, magnificent rock formations, and these Hegra tours provide a deeper look into these Nabatean ruins.

2) Camel Safaris in the Empty Quarter

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Enjoy the beauty of the Al Nafud Desert and the Empty Quarter on a timeless camel safari. Immerse yourself in this Arabic tradition and ride across the golden dunes atop a camel, taking in breathtaking views. There’s no activity quite as authentically Saudi Arabian – or quite as fun – as spending a day getting to know these gentle creatures in their natural habitat. Most camel excursions are led by Bedouin guides and provide tourists with coffee or an evening meal to fully enhance their experience. Our Saudi food tours are just another great way to get a glimpse into the country’s rich culture and traditions.

3) Water Sports at the Red Sea and Persian Gulf Coasts

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One of the best things to do in Saudi Arabia is to snorkel through the vivid Red Sea. The Persian Gulf Coasts aren’t far behind, offering many water sports and activities that promise endless excitement. Delve into the turquoise depths to discover a world teeming with colorful coral reefs and vibrant marine life, a sight to behold in Saudi’s underwater kingdom. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a novice, the enchanted waterscapes of this Middle Eastern marvel will undoubtedly leave you in awe.

4) Mountain Trekking Adventures in Riyadh and Al Kharj

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You can find more terrestrial adventures in Saudi Arabia. The country’s rugged terrains are a paradise for trekkers, providing a myriad of challenging trails. Embark on an exhilarating hike through the landscapes of Riyadh and Al Kharj, where the stunning vistas and the untouched natural beauty will surely take your breath away. After a day’s excursion, you can unwind in the comfort of the Riyadh hotel. To ensure a fulfilling experience, consider an insider-guided Riyadh Historical Day Tour, a unique and fun thing to do in Saudi Arabia.

5) Desert Camping & Stargazing in Al Ula

Man lighting up the desert - Al Ula Moon & Stargazing Day Tour

Enjoy the enchantment of the Arabian night with our Al Ula Moon & Stargazing Tour. Journey far from city lights, beneath a shimmering Milky Way sky. The iconic Al Ula observation arch sets the stage for this celestial spectacle, making it an ideal gateway to stargazing. As your expert guide leads the way, you’ll be captivated by the stellar dance of the moon and stars. Savor a Bedouin-style dinner in this serene desert setting, surrounded by countless twinkling lights. Book this spellbinding tour today and immerse yourself in a captivating blend of tradition, tranquility, and astronomical wonder.

6) Exploring Al Balad, Jeddah

Al Balad Old Town Private Tour from Jeddah

Step into a thrilling adventure with our Al Balad Old Town Private Tour from Jeddah. Our local expert will lead you through the vibrant, winding streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll be amazed by the old city’s unique architecture that features seashells and stones. Taste mouthwatering street food and explore intriguing local crafts in the heart of Al Balad. This fun-packed, personalized experience promises a perfect blend of history, culture, and delicious food. Get ready to have a memorable day when you visit the port city of Jeddah.

7) Must-Visit Floating Mosque in Jeddah

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Discover the captivating beauty of the must-visit Floating Mosque in Jeddah. This glamorous structure, also known as Al-Rahmah mosque, stands as one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Built in 1985, it boasts a unique design, with bases planted under the surface of the sea. The mosque’s bright white color and turquoise dome create a stunning visual spectacle, especially its beautiful inscriptions and breathtaking views of the sea. Don’t miss out on the chance to visit historical marvels with our Jeddah 4 Day Package Tour. Enjoy more Jeddah adventures like our La Plage Beach experience to get the most out of your stay.

8) Coming Soon: Six Flags Qiddiya – Larger than Disney World

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Experience exhilarating rides like no other at Six Flags Qiddiya. This groundbreaking theme park, set against the stunning backdrop of the Tuwaiq mountain range near Riyadh, will open its doors to visitors in the coming years. Spanning over 320,000 square meters, Six Flags Qiddiya will be larger than Walt Disney World and will feature six immersive lands with 28 rides and attractions. This project is part of the country’s ‘Vision 2030’ initiative and will welcome thrill-seekers from all over the globe. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Saudi Arabia.

9) More Saudi Culture: Shopping, Landmarks & Festivals

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Engage in some of the best retail therapy in the vibrant souks, where you can find unique souvenirs. Marvel at iconic landmarks, and immerse in local festivities around the country, like the Camel Festival. Upcoming projects, such as Trojena – which promises the unexpected delight of snowboarding in the Middle East – are a testament to the country’s innovative spirit. Neom, a “smart” region with cutting-edge technologies, promises to be a future attraction for millions of residents and visitors. Complement your cultural immersion with the insider private Taif tour, which lets you explore the breathtaking landscapes of Taif, an elevated region known for its cool climate and aromatic roses.

Ready to Uncover Saudi Arabia’s Adventure and Luxury?

Saudi Arabia is more than just deserts and camels. It’s a land of diversity, brimming with unique adventures that cater to every kind of traveler. Saudi Arabia promises a thrilling journey of discovery and adventure that you won’t find anywhere else. Check out our tours to dive deeper into the unique Saudi experiences.

Explore our comprehensive guide to visiting Saudi Arabia and see our article on the Hidden Gems in Saudi Arabia for a glimpse into the kingdom’s hidden treasures.

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