Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
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Things to see in Saudi Arabia

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Landscapes

Saudi Arabia provides a limitless expanse of desert with a few modern cities emerging here and there near to small islands of green; imagine a territory bigger than the United Kingdom covered by arid plains and sand, and you will have a good idea of the country.

Towns

The major cities in Saudi Arabia are incredibly modern compared with the rest of the state. A powerful city known for its strong trade links, the capital Riyadh is an urban oasis right at the heart of the desert. Medina and Mecca play a major cultural, spiritual and religious role in the country. Jeddah, 45 mi from Mecca, is the second largest city in the state and the most important port along the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.