A Week In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has long been in my sights as a unique and difficult country to visit, especially as a non-muslim. Having only heard stories of the mysterious country I had no idea what to expect.

The first challenge was gaining access aka getting a visa.

As Saudi Arabia does not have tourist visas, the only way to visit is to be invited by family or a business. I have no family there so that option was closed. Another was to apply to visit a conference which I’ve heard does work if you can find a relevant conference or exhibit related to your field. Fortunately I had a friend who has business dealings in Saudi and was able to secure an invitation letter.

With a letter in hand, I went to the Consulate in New York to process my visa. What should have been a simple application, payment, and pick up was turned out to be a frustrating and drawn out process using their antiquated online system of registration and payment.

Once my visa was obtained, I purchased tickets and planned out my week in Saudi.

Flying into Jeddah I would spent a couple of days before heading north to Al Ula near the incredible ruins of Madain Saleh. After spending a few days to explore, I would fly to Riyadh and spend my remaining time in the capital of the country.


For this trip I am also supported by the generous Park Hyatt Jeddah and Hyatt Regency Riyadh.

A crazy week for sure with airport drama, a bad accident, exploration, culture shock and pleasant surprises, follow along as I share my experience of a week in Saudi Arabia, country 192!


About David

Founder and writer at World-Adventurer.com, David is on a mission to travel to every country in the world and has less than 10 countries left! He loves new adventures, unique cultures, historic landmarks, and luxurious hotels. Follow along as David shares a journey of a lifetime!