The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country of the Middle East and is sometimes referred to as “The Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina. The country's capital is Riyadh, which is situated in the very interior of the country. Unfortunately today there are only small parts that still remain from the original old town; the Masmark Fort and the Najdi Palaces. For cultural attractions within the city there is the National Museum, the Murabba Palace and the Museum of Antiquities and Folklore. Nearby lays the major Red Sea port of Jeddah which gives you an insight in the history and culture of the western part of the country.
If there is one attraction to see in Saudi Arabia, it must be the Mada'in Saleh, which is home to approximately one hundred and fourty magnificent Nabataean tombs that are spread out over a large open desert space.
The country is dotted with many oases, beaches and rivers and there are plenty of shopping facilities available from the small souk to the large and modern department stores.
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South East of Jeddah lays the official summer capital of Taif which is a popular traditional resort and is famous for its honey and grapes. Look out as well for the pink palaces that are located in between the stunning cliff-tops. Also the natural beauty of Abha encouraged the government to establish this region as a national park which enables everyone to holiday in this beautiful and outstanding location.
If you want to experience a cattle market then head for Hofuf which is at the centre of the great Al-Hasa oasis.
For naturalists witness the astonishing landscape of the Asir which is the only area in the country where you can see wild animals in their own natural landscape.
For history buffs, you can visit the oldest town on the peninsula on Tarut Island and admire the picturesque settlement of weavers and fishermen houses
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