Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, and all that it's #HomeTo

Sarah Fitzpatrick

7 Sep 2023

Home to a population of 36 million people, Saudi Arabia can be found in Southwestern Asia. It is bordered by several countries including UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen and Oman. Saudi Arabia is known worldwide for its heritage, breathtaking landscapes and global economic influence.

Keep reading to learn more interesting facts about Saudi Arabia.

#HomeTo Mecca - the the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad

Known in the Islamic world as the holiest city, Mecca is central to the Muslim religion's history and beliefs. It is home to the Kabba which is an iconic landmark in Saudi Arabia. The Kabba is the most sacred site in Islam as it is considered the house of Allah. Every year, Muslims around the world travel to Mecca to do the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. Mecca is also home to the Grand Mosque which is an architectural marvel and one of the largest mosques in the world. The city of Mecca attracts millions of visitors every year. This makes it a big contributor to the economy as well as a location which is at the heart of the culture in Saudi Arabia.

#HomeTo Raghadan Forest Park - The Arab World’s most famous forest

Located in the Al-Baha region in Saudi Arabia, Raghadan Forest Park is one of the most popular attractions in this area. It is set near the beautiful Asir Mountains, meaning visitors are surrounded by stunning mountain views and natural greenery. This beautiful location is also home to various species of wildlife and birds which also makes the area popular for activities such as birdwatching. Raghadan Forest Park is also a top family attraction in Saudi Arabia. The area offers suitable walking trails, picnic areas and a playground. As well as this, the forest park can occasionally host cultural events and festivals.

#HomeTo Enchanting Arabian Desert Landscapes

The Arabian Desert covers most of the country of Saudi Arabia. This gives the country an endless amount of incredible landmarks. These include ancient rock formations and huge sand dunes. Most of the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) is located in Saudi Arabia. Rub’ al Khali is 1,000 kilometres long and 500 kilometres wide. It is famous worldwide for its extreme climate as daytime temperatures can reach over 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperatures can then drop significantly at night time while rain is very scarce making it one of the driest places on earth.

#HomeTo Incredible Modern Architecture

In recent years, Saudia Arabia’s cities have transformed into hubs of commerce and culture. Riyadh and Jeddah are two notable Saudi Arabian cities which boast skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls and impressive infrastructure.

#HomeTo a Delicious Cuisine

Saudi Arabia is a country which is very proud of it’s cuisine. Some of the country’s most famous dishes include:

  • Kabsa: This is the national dish of Saudi Arabia. It’s a rice dish usually made with spiced rice, meat (often chicken or lamb), and a mix of spices.

  • Mandi: Similar to Kabsa, this is a dish where the meat and rice are cooked together in a flavorful broth.

  • Shawarma: Shawarma is a popular street food consisting of thinly sliced marinated beef or chicken wrapped in flatbread.

  • Mutabbaq: A  pastry filled with ingredients like minced meat, vegetables, or cheese.

  • Jareesh: Made from crushed and fermented wheat, often served with meat or chicken.

  • Samboosa (Samosa): Fried pastry pockets filled with ingredients like spiced meat or vegetables.

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