Tourism in Saudi Arabia is largely religious, but there is growth in the leisure tourism industry in recent years. Saudi Arabia is among the top 20 most visited countries in the world. Saudi Arabia is full of sacred places belonging to the Islamic religion and the capital of Islam. The countries that visited Saudi Arabia the most were from Bangladesh, followed by Bangladesh respectively; Pakistan, Indonesia, Yemen, India, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Sudan.
It is the center of the Muslims living in the world and is home to many sacred structures. Every year thousands of Muslims come to the country to fulfill the orders of the Islamic religion. Here are 10 reasons to visit Saudi Arabia.
1. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi
Al-Masjid an-Nabaw or The Prophet’s Mosque is a mosque built by the friends of Prophet Muhammad after the Hijra. This mosque has an important place in the Muslim world. Even Al-Haram is the second most sacred mosque after the Mosque, according to Muslims. The Kabri of the Prophet Muhammad is also in this mosque. Many Muslims visit here every year.
2. Quba Mosque
Today Quba Mosque, located in the Medina city borders of Saudi Arabia, is the first Islamic mosque built in Quba in 622 years. The painting in white and green tones, with 4 minarets and unique domes, impresses those who see.
3. Masjid al-Qiblatain
Masjid al-Qiblatain, located on the north-west of Medina, is a place that millions of Muslims visit every year. This mosque is known in Arabic as ‘Double Kabbalah Masjid’. It is 5 km away from Al-Masjid an-Nabaw.
4. Al-Haram Mosque
Al-Haram Mosque is located in Mecca of Saudi Arabia. It is a huge worship place where all the Muslims would like to go with longing. This space was originally built by Prophet Abraham. After Abraham, it has been passed through repairs many times and reached the present day. There are 16 verses in the Qur’an about this Mosque. All pilgrim candidates are also visiting this. The other important feature is the first mosque in the world.
5. Masmak Fort
Masmak Fort, located in Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh, was built in the 19th century for defense purposes. This castle has an important place in the history of Arabia. Because King Abdulaziz at the beginning of the 20th century is one of the symbols of the reception of the capital Riyadh. This castle was restored in 2008 and opened as a museum. There is also a mosque inside the castle.
6. Mada’in Saleh
Mada’in Saleh, located in the Medina region of Saudi Arabia, is a pre-Islamic site. There are many traces of state and civilization here. If you are wondering about Arabia’s pre-Islamic history, be sure to visit this region. This region is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2008. So we can say it is the first UNESCO World Heritage of Saudi Arabia.
7. Mount Uhud
Mount Uhud, at a height of 1,077 m, is the highest mountain in the Medina city of Saudi Arabia. This mountain has an important place in Islamic history. In 625, the Battle of Uhud took place between the non-Muslims of Mecca and the Muslims of Medina. The Prophet Muhammad placed the archers on this hill. Later, they forget that the prophet of archers thinks they have won victory and leave the mountain. The polytheists from behind shot Muslims. This war has ended in favor of the polytheists. Today, it has become an important tourism destination in Arabia. It is a place where visitors from Medina flock to.
8. Jabal al-Nour
Jabal al-Nour is a sacred mountain about 6 km north of Mecca. The Cave of Hira, believed to have been the Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation, received this name, which means light because it is located on this mountain.
9. Mount Arafat
Mount Arafat, 25 km south-east of Mecca, is a sacred mountain 454 meters high and witnesses important events. Prophet Abraham’s son Ishmael is the mountain he takes to sacrifice in the way of Allah. Again, Ishmael’s demon is the mountain he has built. This is why millions of Muslims go to annihilate the devil each year.
10. National Museum of Saudi Arabia
The National Museum of Saudi Arabia is in Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh. Architect Raymond Moriyama designed the building in 1999. This museum covers an area of 28 thousand square meters. Visit this museum to see and analyze the history and culture of the country soon.