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Saudi Arabia: 5 Landscapes You Won’t See Anywhere Else

Le village suspendu d'Al Habbala © Wajahat Mahmood

Le village suspendu d'Al Habbala © Wajahat Mahmood

Making up over 2 million square kilometers, Saudi Arabia, the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula, is a true geographical treasure.

Mostly desertic, thanks to the presence of the Arabian desert on a large portion of the country, the Saudi climate becomes less dry in regions such as the Asir, in the west, where the monsoons of the Indian ocean bring more precipitation. Saudi Arabia has one of the most unique and varied natural landscapes of the world:

Rub’ al-Khali desert

The canyons and dunes of the Rub’ al-Khali desert (literally, the Empty Quarter), which occupies most of the country. It’s the largest sand desert in the world.

Coucher de soleil sur le désert de Rub' Al-Khali © Javierblas
Sunset on Rub’ Al-Khali desert © Javierblas

Al Asir mountain chain

The Al Asir mountain chain, located in the west of the country, reaches 3,000 meters high. The region also lays claim to the historic village of Rijal Alma, celebrated for its mud-and-stone houses.

Le pic d'Al Sawda au dessus des hauteurs d'Al Asir © marviikad
Al Sawdah peak in Al Asir moutain chain © marviikad

The “hanging village” of Habbala

Overlooking the valley of Al Habbala, the “hanging village” of Habbala offers a breathtaking view. Its name means “rope”, since historically, the only way to enter the village was by climbing.

Le village suspendu d'Al Habbala © Wajahat Mahmood
The “hanging village” of Habbala © Wajahat Mahmood

Wadi Qaraqir

North in the province of Tabuk, the canyon Wadi Qaraqir spreads over more than 15 kilometers. The vegetation, which presses up thanks to the running water that coils through the canyon, creates a strong contrast against the ochre rocks.

Wadi Qaraqir © Saudi Tourism Authority

Farasan islands

Farasan islands are an archipelago in the Red Sea. They have all the trappings of a paradise island, with their fine sands, corals, and turquoise waters