Best time to visit Saudi Arabia
All was sun-parched; the furious heat from above was drying up the sap and juice of the land
Top quote: Richard Francis Burton travelling through Arabia in the 1850s
Not in summer. Saudi Arabia is a winter destination. The country has an arid desert climate, and it’s best to go when it’s cool enough to be out seeing the archaeological sites, where there’s very little shade. The official tourist season runs from October to March, however the best months to visit are between November and February when the weather is coldest. The average daily high in Riyadh is still 28°C in November, but it drops to 22°C in December. It’s cooler in the mountains, and the south of the country even experiences the effects of the Indian Ocean monsoon.
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So, you want to visit Saudi Arabia. Expect this to get a reaction. For centuries, the largest state in the Middle East has been difficult to see – and stomach.
Don’t underestimate the size of Saudi Arabia. It’s the biggest country in the Middle East and the 13th largest in the world, and its key sights are spread out across the desert.
Make no mistake, Saudi Arabia is very, very new to tourism. The world might be in a rush to visit, but coming here shouldn’t be a snap decision.