Saudi Arabia has long been off limits to foreign tourists and travelers. Since a few months, however, it’s possible to visit the country on a tourist visa. I made use of this opportunity and traveled to Saudi Arabia for 2 weeks, including Riyadh, the Edge of the World, Jeddah, Medina, Al Ula, Umluj, and the Red Sea coast.
In this video I travel to Riyadh, the capital city in the center of the country. After visiting a mosque for Friday prayer and eating lunch with the locals, I tour to modern shopping malls, museums, traditional bazaars, a construction site with migrant workers, the famous Sky Bridge Kingdom Tower, and finally the Riyadh Season Festival, designed to promote tourism and culture. While I spent almost 3 days in Riyadh, I comprised the video to make it into one single day.
This is the first episode of a 6 part vlog style series about my journey through Saudi Arabia. For other episodes, please click here:
Episode 2 – Journey to the Edge of the World:
Episode 3 – Medina as Non Muslim:
Episode 4 – Umluj Islands in the Red Sea:
Episode 5 – Camel Racing in Saudi Arabia:
Episode 6 – Jeddah City Tour:
Saudi Arabia is mostly known in the ‘Western world’ for its petroleum export, the birthplace of Islam, and unfortunately also poor human rights record. But as I discover there is much more to this massive country than first meets the eye. In these series I hope to give a glimpse into what was once an almost ‘forbidden place’ for independent travelers, and is now open for visitors from around the world.
Note: I travel independently and take no money from sponsors. This journey through Saudi Arabia was paid for and organized entirely by myself.
Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media