5 most spectacular views in Saudi Arabia
02 Jun 2014 6 PM
Saudi Arabia – a kingdom of spectacular natural views and astonishing man-made structures. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, here’s a rundown of the five most spectacular views in Saudi Arabia.
Kingdom Centre Tower, Riyadh
The Arabian Peninsula is renowned for its incredible architecture and in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, you’ll find the Kingdom Centre Tower.
This stunning architectural landmark rises 65 stories above the city and is the second tallest skyscraper in the country. Inside it has offices, apartments and even a mall – and on the top floor you’ll find the SkyBridge. It’s 65 metres long and provides a spectacular view of Riyadh, an astounding 918 metres above sea level. This is one view you won’t want to miss.
Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya and you’ll be just 9 minutes away – you might even be lucky enough to see it from your hotel room!
The Ka’ba during the Hajj, Makkah
Each year during the Hajj millions of Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca from around the world to circle the Holy Ka’ba seven times – all at the same time. The Hajj is the largest gathering of Muslims in the world
– demonstrating the faith and solidarity of the Muslim people. And as part of the Five Pillars of Islam, able-bodied Muslims are required to make this pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
This sight is just as awe-inspiring whether you see it on film or with your own eyes. Stay at the Makkah Hilton Hotel and the Ka’ba will be on your doorstep – many rooms also offer a view of the Holy Haram from their window.
King’s Fahad Fountain, Jeddah
Next time you find yourself in Jeddah, don’t leave without visiting the King’s Fahad Fountain. Also known as the Jeddah Fountain, it’s the tallest fountain of its type in the world and shoots water 312 metres into the air above the Red Sea.
At night it’s illuminated using over 500 spotlights and is an impressive sight to see off the coast of Jeddah. The view is particularly stunning at sunset as the sky glows orange.Stay at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel and you’ll be just 20 minutes away
Makkah Gate, Jeddah
As you’re travelling from Jeddah to Mecca, it’s hard not to be mesmerised by the Makkah Gate – a huge gate across the road to Makkah topped with a giant model of the Holy Qu’ran.
Historically this was the gate out of the city that led to Makkah – nowadays it’s one of the city’s most iconic sights. However, visitors should remember that stopping on the road to admire the gate is illegal as it is over a motorway so they should take a quick look as they drive through.
Make your stay comfortable, luxurious and close to Jeddah’s top sights by staying at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel.
The Empty Quarter
The Empty Quarter – otherwise known as the Rub’ al-Khali desert – is one of the last untouched places on Earth and those lucky enough to witness this remote area for themselves will be awestruck by its natural beauty.
As one of the most extreme places on Earth, temperatures rise to 60˚C at midday here and drop to below O˚C at night.
The best way to view the desert is from above – where you can see it all and take in the whole beauty and desolation of one of the most isolated places on Earth. Make sure you bring your camera as you’ll want a souvenir of the incredible sand dunes that rise out of the sand like mountains.
This desert is so big that you could stay at a Hilton hotel in Saudi Arabia, the UAE or even Qatar to reach it – the choice is yours.
These are just five of Saudi Arabia’s most spectacular views – if you know of any more to rival them, let us know!