Masjid al-Haram, the world's
largest mosque in Mecca.
A vast sea
of sand (and oil), Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam
and today is bounded by Jordan,
Iraq and Kuwait to the north, Qatar
to the east, the United
Arab Emirates and Oman
to the southeast, and by Yemen
to the south.
warnings issued by most Western governments in recent years, most
travel to Saudi Arabia has been advised against until further
Add to that
traditionally restrictive travel rules set by the Saudi government --
and a booked guided tour becomes a necessity for conveniently
seeing major attractions.
For now, a
virtual tour will have to suffice.
out top travel sites with expert knowledge of the country and
its culture, art & history, along with pictures, video clips
and photo presentations of what awaits in Saudi Arabia - at least
until it becomes stable enough for Westerners to visit safely.
More about Saudi Arabia tourism around the Web:
Saudi Arabia travel guide - Wikitravel entry with 'been there'
advice on what to see, recommended restaurants, overview of travel
restrictions and obtaining visas, how to stay safe and practical
travel & safety tips.
Arabia Travel Information - Here's the Lonely Planet guide with information
on top attractions including Mecca, Habalah and more with maps
& travel photos, related links.
- Learn more about the center of the Islamic world in stunning
photos and an engaging narrative on its history, with additional
notes on the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Jeddah.
Saleh - The 'must see' attraction of any visit to Saudi
Arabia, check out photos and background information on the more than
100 ancient tombs and dwellings carved into the sandstone mountainside.