Discover the magical Northern Region of Saudi
If you are the type of traveler seeking a one-of-a-kind experience far from the buzz of urban cities, the Northern Borders Province is just the thing for you. This remote province in Saudi's north is an 'off the beaten track' destination ideal for tourists looking to experience desert life. Seasoned travelers know it is often the undiscovered places that provide the best experiences and the Northern Borders Province is a true hidden gem.
Regarded as the capital of the northern region of Saudi, Arar is one of its largest cities and is located near the Saudi-Iraq border. The city has plains, plateaus, and green pastures, making it one of the best places in the world to grow plants and herbs as well as an incredible spot for fishing and sand surfing. It is also distinguished by snowfall during the winter season, which is unusual in comparison to other cities and holds a large number of monuments and historical buildings depicting the region’s influence throughout the ages.
Tabuk covers an area of 780 sq. km and serves as the northern gateway to the Arabian Peninsula. It is affected by the Mediterranean climate, which is why one of its most famous landmarks, Jabal Al Lawz, is capped with snow in winter. It also holds the stunning Wadi Al Disah meaning "valley of palm trees", it is sandwiched by looming high mountains and is undoubtedly one of the country's most beautiful natural wonders. Fresh water springs rise out of the valley into the surrounding desert while date palms, fresh basil, citrus, and mango trees decorate the landscape.
Known for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs, Sakaka is located in the northwestern corner of the Kingdom, overlooking Jordan, Tabuk, and Hail. It is well-known for its many historic monuments, the most notable of which are: Zaabal Castle, Sisera Well, Al Rajajil, Marid Castle, and more, which have made it a great spot for tourists.
Al Ula is one of Saudi's most well-known destinations for a reason. The stunning northwest region of the Kingdom is dotted with golden rock formations, lush citrus farms, and the ruins of several ancient kingdoms. Located deep in the desert in northwest Saudi, it is home to one of the Kingdom's finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hegra, its most well-known landmark, contains clusters of 2,000-year-old Nabatean tombs reminiscent of Jordan's Petra, but without the crowds. The legacy of 7,000 years of human civilization, stunning natural rock formations and canyons, a plethora of adventure sports options, and cutting-edge art installations make AlUla a bucket-list-topping global destination.
Nestled within Jabal Shammar to the north and Jabal Salma to the south is the city of Hail, which is considered the capital of Saudi Arabia's north-central region as well as a popular stop on the pilgrimage to Makkah. It is also known for hosting global events, such as the Desert Festival, which celebrates the region’s culture, and the Hail International Rally, in which rally cars, quads, and motorcycles race through the Nafud Desert, as well as Hail, Beqaa, Al Ghazala, and the village of Umm Al Qulban. Set your sights on Hail if you're looking for a dose of history, culture, and adventure.
A treasure of untapped adventure possibilities, Saudi’s Northern Province deserves a trip solely dedicated to exploring all its awe-inspiring nooks and crannies. See it this year with Sana Tourism, your ultimate companion in touring the Kingdom. Reach out here to get started!