The Travel Agent’s Guide to Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia has welcomed millions of people since it officially opened to tourism in 2019, but many, especially Travel Advisor, believe that the country has grown enough to be able to confidently sell trips to new destinations. I don’t know enough about the country.

Travel advisors looking to learn more about Saudi Arabia need look no further than our guide to the world’s fastest growing new destination.


As the 12th largest country in the world, it welcomes its people, has thousands of years of history that stretches back thousands of years, and offers amazing archaeological sites and historic monuments to discover. As part of the country’s relatively new tourism plan, new tourism developments such as the renowned Red Sea Development Project, which focuses on sustainability on a scale never before seen in the industry, will help to enhance its rich cultural and natural heritage. We focus on preserving and enhancing beauty.

One of the reasons for this new future-oriented tourism plan is that the country is relatively young. With the majority of the country’s population being young, we hope to grow the tourism industry and welcome more travelers to experience the true Saudi culture, history and more.

Introduction to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia can be visited without travel restrictions. Unmarried couples and single female travelers are also welcome. Female travelers are not expected to wear head coverings while in Saudi Arabia, but the country does require women to wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees in moderation.

The country requires visitors to apply for a tourist visa, which must be completed online on or before arrival. Easy to complete and relatively inexpensive.

Upon arrival, English speakers can easily find their way around. Many signs and menus are in English, and many residents are at least partially fluent in English.

The best time to visit the country is from October to April. Cool days and low humidity are common in most countries during this time. It is also during this time that major cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah and Diriyah enter their ‘season’, offering a range of festivals, musical events and other social and cultural activities for families, young people and others.

The Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia is full of shipwrecks and brilliant coral reefs. (Photo via Saudi Arabia Tourism Board)

To visit Saudi Arabia, travelers can choose direct flights from Los Angeles, Dallas, or New York City to Jeddah and Riyadh via the country’s national carrier, Saudia, or other airlines such as Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. You can choose your company.

Travelers can also easily move around the country with rental cars, domestic air travel, or trains connecting to major cities. Driving in Saudi Arabia is safe and easy with well-developed infrastructure and English signage.

Saudi Arabia’s most popular destinations

Saudi Arabia has several major cities that serve as hubs for international travel, as well as one very special destination that offers something completely different. The largest cities are Jeddah, Riyadh, Diriyah and Madina, while the immersive desert destination of AlUla offers a more luxurious and immersive wellness-centric aspect of the country, where travelers can relax and explore the wonders of nature. perfect for exploring.

Jeddah is a city close to the Red Sea and has a lot of history, including the old town, Al Balad and water-based activities that travelers can enjoy. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing or diving to see the ocean’s incredible reefs, no traveler visits this ancient port town without experiencing some sort of sea adventure.

Riyadh is the country’s largest city and offers a wealth of activities for tourists, from museums to historic sites to art galleries. Visit from October to spring to enjoy the Riyadh season. Riyadh season is rich in entertainment with large festivals and cultural gatherings. Nature experiences include camping in Tumama National Park and visits to the scenic End of the World.

Medina (also known as Medina) is the Islamic center of Saudi Arabia and is linked to Mecca by an efficient rail network. Many of the mosques and religious sites are only open to Muslims, but that shouldn’t deter travelers of other religions from experiencing the city, where they can explore the nearby Mount Uhud and Medina Museum.

Finally, AlUla, a completely unique destination for luxury travelers. This desert landscape is brimming with adventure and history, and travelers can choose from sustainable glamping accommodations, ancient sites dating back thousands of years like Petra’s sister city of Hegra, stargazing, and more. adventure experience can be found. It can be easily done away from artificial lighting in major cities.

Hegra, AlUla, Saudi Arabia
Aerial view of Hegra in AlUla. (Photo credit: Saudi Tourism Authority)

Visit Saudi Arabia in the travel industry

Visit Saudi, the country’s official DMO, already offers FAM travel to travel advisors and plans to launch a new specialized course in the first half of 2023. We currently have partnerships with leading consortia including Internova, Signature, Ensemble, Virtuoso and more. .

Twenty tour operators are also already offering tours in the country, and this number should increase as 2023 progresses.

There are also two ways to visit Saudi Arabia by cruise. They often visit other destinations such as Jeddah and Egypt via the Red Sea, or they can also visit Dubai, Qatar and other major destinations in the region via the Persian Gulf. .

Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Marriott International, Nujuma, Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Luxury Resort in Saudi Arabia
Nujuma rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve. (Photo via Marriott International)

What next for Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia is now planning to expand its travel offerings across travel operators, the hotel and resort industry, and is also planning a notable new project called the Red Sea Development.

The development, which will partially open in 2023, is expected to offer 16 different resorts spread across 90 islands, attracting 1 million visitors each year to Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and the Raffles Red Sea. , enjoys luxury resorts such as Six Senses Luxury Dunes. Some of them are scheduled to open within the next year.

For more information about Saudi Arabia, visit the official Visit Saudi website.

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