Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! To be honest, this country is not the best travel destination if you’re a tourist. In fact, I don’t think the Kingdom issues travel visas to people who would wish to come here for purposes outside of business and employment. Or at least not for now; not until the completion of the Jeddah Tower and the proposed luxury beach resort. Having said that, if you happen to be here for legal reasons, you might as well enjoy what this part of the Middle East has to offer; the beauty beyond the mundane.
Saudi Arabia has a total of 2,640 kilometers of coastline. It is bounded by the Persian Gulf to the east and the Red Sea to the west. The two holy cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina, are located in the country. Unsurprisingly, non-Muslims are not allowed to set foot on these holy grounds. The cost of a liter of drinking water is more expensive than gasoline of the same amount. And the largest camel market in the world happens in the country.
But there is more to Saudi Arabia than sand dunes and seaports. A vast greenery and verdant foliage lie at the mountainous southwestern region and other parts of the country.
I have been living and working here in Saudi Arabia since 2011, here are the stories so far.