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Saudi Arabia: 5 breathtaking landscapes

From breathtaking landscapes to archaeological treasures, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom bursting with beauty. Nature is abundant, offering an extraordinary variety from mountain ranges to paradise islands. Not to mention a cultural heritage dating back thousands of years. Here are 5 breathtaking landscapes in Saudi Arabia.

1 – Al-Ula Valley

 

 

The 7,000-year-old Al-Ula Valley is a breathtaking place where you can be surprised to play explorer. This dreamy oasis is particularly suited to this, with its necropolises, unusual rock formations and canyons. In the north of the valley, in the archaeological site of Madâin Sâlih, the solitary Qasr al-Farid tomb reigns supreme. A spectacular 16-metre high building, carved into the rock and listed with the entire site as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

 

2 – Asir National Park

 

 

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A real bubble of oxygen, the Asir National Park extends around its eponymous mountain range. The ideal place to observe animals in their natural environment. The wildlife is very varied and you can see gazelles, wolves, baboons, etc. The latter move in groups on the mountains of Taif and Abha during the rainy season. A breathtaking Saudi experience!

3 – The village of Al Muftaha

Small, picturesque villages shape the landscape of Saudi Arabia. Just like Al Muftaha, in the city of Abha. An ancient village that lives to the rhythm of its bohemian culture. Here, art has pride of place and is expressed in galleries, museums and on the walls of houses. A village rich in colour that revolves around a mosque covered in calligraphy.

4 – The Farasan Islands

 

 

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Did you know that off the coast of the city of Jizan, 40 km away, are the Farasan Islands? An archipelago of more than 80 islands and islets, bathed by the waters of the Red Sea. Only three of them are inhabited all year round: Zoufaf, Sadjid and Farasan. The latter, the largest, is home to a wide variety of fish and stunning coral reefs that are a delight for divers. Under control, the island has been declared a protected area by the Saudi authorities.

 

5 – The Rub’al-Khali desert

 

 

Known as the “Empty Quarter“, the Rub’al-Khali Desert stretches for 1200 km from east to west, spilling over into the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Its nickname is not insignificant, as it covers half of Saudi Arabia and is the largest sand desert in the world! Because of its rather hostile natural conditions, this gigantic desert was only explored late, around the 1930s. The most accessible areas are now inhabited by a few tribes living from cattle.