Rehlat: Saudi Arabia lesser known landscapes attract global leisure travelers

Published November 21st, 2022 - 09:30 GMT
Rehlat: Saudi Arabia lesser known landscapes attract global leisure travelers
The rise can be attributed partly to the Saudi 2030 Vision under which the government is invested in boosting tourism to the Kingdom.
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Though Saudi Arabia is known for being the biggest desert, its lesser known gems and landscapes are now being discovered by travelers from around the world.

Though Saudi Arabia is known for being the biggest desert, its lesser known gems and landscapes are now being discovered by travelers from around the world. Rehlat, one of the leading online travel booking platforms in the MENA region, has reported a 33% rise in bookings for the Kingdom on the platform since last year. 

The rise can be attributed partly to the Saudi 2030 Vision under which the government is invested in boosting tourism to the Kingdom. But the lion’s share of the popularity goes to the varied landscapes. As a result, the lesser known locations like Abha, Tabuk, and Jazan rank in the top 10 destinations preferred by leisure travelers, reports Rehlat. 

Desert Snowfall

If you, like many other people, never associate desert with snowfall, Tabuk in Saudi Arabia might just change your assumptions. Come January, this mountain town receives snowfall and quickly transforms into a white wonderland. This phenomenon is largely popular with the localities and the tourists who gather and instagram this breathtaking magical landscape. The almond trees on the peak of Jabal Al Lawz covered in snow make the best picnic spot where you can sip hot coffee and enjoy the whitewashed views. 

Underwater Treasures

The coastline of Saudi Arabia is a gorgeous arena that was hardly explored till recently. The intricate and unique coral reefs of Yanbu are quickly becoming popular amidst scuba divers and snorkelers from around the world. The boiler wreck, Ann Ann Wreck and Cable wreck in Jeddah are also popular and one may end up spotting guitar sharks, goatfishes, stingrays, and snappers. 

The Oases 

Saudi Arabia holds a Guinness World Record for the largest self-contained oasis in the world. This oasis is situated in Al Ahsa and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lush green gardens, date palms fields, wells, canals, and the yesteryear heritage structures make Al Ahsa an unique geocultural location. The surrounding Al Qarah mountain range also makes up for a challenging hike and finds many takers amidst trek enthusiast communities. For a quick rewind the bustling Souq Al Qaisariy with a myriad of shops and restaurants is a perfect pick. 

Lush Green Forests 

A trip to Asir will make one forget the ever synonymous deserts of Saudi Arabia. Spanning over 6500 square kilometers area, the national park of Asir is an important ecoregion of the Kingdom. It hosts mangroves and the coniferous acacia trees, thus including terrestrial areas as well as coastal areas. 

Asir also is popular for the many adventure avenues that it offers. From hiking, camping to paragliding and ziplining, you will find it all here to enjoy with a view that offers all shades of green. 

Mighty Mountains

The thrill of being at the edge of the world is exciting and worth exploring. The magnificent Jebel Fihrayn brings you an experience that is unparalleled. Besides, the Kingdom also has over 7500+ peaks, each one unique in its own sense. So, it is apt to say traverse the edge of the world, seek magnificent views and, most importantly, find joy in your journey!

About Rehlat: Founded in 2014, Rehlat is MENA’s fastest-growing OTA platform for Flight and Hotel bookings. It has transformed travel booking by leveraging its firsthand knowledge of the unique challenges faced in the region. The company's seamless platform, competitive prices, local currency support, money-saving features, and unparalleled offers, are a few channels that facilitate a seamless travel booking experience for every individual. To fulfill the motto, ‘Your Journey Understood,’ Rehlat’s ecosystem embodies the principles of stability, safety, and support. The persistent efforts to cater to customer needs have echoed in winning accolades including the ‘United Arab Emirates’ Leading Online Travel Agency in 2021’ award.

About Saudi: Saudi is the authentic home of Arabia, a year-round destination offering the world’s travelers an engaging combination of iconic cultural and heritage treasures and vibrant youthful energy. With six UNESCO World Heritage sites and extraordinary diversity, from sweeping deserts and rugged mountains to crystal seas, lush valleys and thriving modern cities, Saudi is the fastest growing must-visit destination for culture, leisure and entertainment. The Middle East’s emerging leisure hub, Saudi is host to some of the world’s most spectacular entertainment and sporting events as well as burgeoning dining and creative offers. All delivered with the unparalleled hospitality and warm welcome of the Saudi people. www.visitsaudi.com

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Rehlat

Founded in 2015, Rehlat is MENA’s fastest-growing OTA platform for Flight and Hotel bookings. It has transformed travel booking by leveraging its firsthand knowledge of the unique challenges faced in the region. The company's seamless platform, competitive prices, local currency support, money-saving features, and unparalleled offers, are a few channels that facilitate a seamless travel booking experience for every individual.

To fulfil the motto, ‘Your Journey Understood,’ Rehlat’s ecosystem embodies the principles of stability, safety, and support. The persistent efforts to cater to customer needs have echoed in winning accolades including the ‘United Arab Emirates’ Leading Online Travel Agency in 2021’ award.

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