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About Saudi Arabia

The largest country in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is where gold adorns palaces and every year, millions of pilgrims make their sacred journey to visit. Saudi Arabia has a population of 31 million residents, and is abound with desert treasures and beauty. Attractions include the Grand Mosque (Mecca), Masjid an-Nabi (Medina) and Kingdom Centre Tower (Riyadh).

Get ready for an unforgettable experience, because cheap flights to Saudi Arabia are available for a limited period of time! Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh, is home to King Khalid International Airport (RUH), located on a 25-minute drive from the city centre. King Khalid International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Saudia, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg. The flight duration is approximately 11 hours and 10 minutes.

Why visit Saudi Arabia

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Culture

Arab culture is deep-rooted and rich in history and ancient customs. Sip a cup of mint tea on a street corner, trek across the dessert in a 4x4, or engage in some storytelling with the locals.

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Religious Pilgrimage

Every year, millions travel from across the globe to visit the sacred sites and complete their religious pilgrimage across the cities of Makkah and Medina.

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Shopping

Saudi Arabia is shopper’s paradise, and across the markets and high-end sores is where you’ll find everything from simple trinkets to designer wear. Make sure to practise your bartering skills too!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Saudi Riyal (SAR)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.29 SAR
Language Arabic
Hub Airport King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
Airline Saudia
Time Zone GMT+ 3
Travel Adaptor Type A /B / C/ G

Best time to visit Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is situated on the Arabian Peninsula, and is characterized by its desert climate and long, hot summers. The best time to visit would be between November and April, in the winter seasons of the year. Temperatures range between 15°C and 25°C during this time. Summer in Saudi Arabia is known to be extremely hot, with average day time temperatures averaging around 40°C, and more! Summer falls between May and September. The cities of Makkah and Medina are crowded all year, especially during the Islamic month of Ramadhan and the pilgrimage period, known as Hajj. The dates of these events change yearly so it would be advisable to check for them ahead of time, as the rates of flights and accommodation increase during this time.

Weather & Climate in Saudi Arabia

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 9°C 11°C 15°C 20°C 25°C 27°C 28°C 28°C 25°C 20°C 15°C 10°C
High °C 21°C 23°C 27°C 33°C 39°C 42°C 43°C 43°C 40°C 35°C 28°C 22°C
Rainfall (mm) 15 8 23 25 9 0 0 0 0 3 10 12

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the Middle East, with grand cities and intricate designs and architecture. Also, more than 90% of this vast land is desert, making it a surreal destination to visit, with hidden oases to be found.

The Kingdom Centre in Riyadh is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia and stands out against the night sky. It not only dwarfs its neighbouring buildings but also offers visitors a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. There are plenty of internationally known stores, and fine dining experiences.

The holy cities of Makkah and Medina are pilgrimage sites to all of the Islamic faith, as every year millions from across the world descend upon its streets and sacred landmarks.

The capital city of Riyadh is all modern and full of ornately designed buildings, the headquarters and heart of the business tycoons of this rich country.

In the mountainous region of the eastern slopes is where you will find the valley oasis of Taif. This popular holiday destination is a relief from the summer’s unbearable heat, and the Sarawaat Mountains make a wonderful day of hiking.

On the coast of the Red Sea, in the city of Jeddah is where you’ll find a masterfully-built piece of architecture, the Floating Mosque. Adorned with gold, it’s a popular stop for any visitor to the city.

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South Africans who wish to visit Saudi Arabia will need a visa to do so. To apply, you will need to complete an application form, supply two recent passport photographs, proof of flight tickets and various other documentations.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of Saudi Arabia:

Pretoria: 711 Duncan Street, Cnr Duncan & Lunnon Street, P.O. Box 13930, Pretoria, South Africa, Tel: +271 236 24230

The rules of conduct are taken very seriously in Saudi Arabia, and there is very little crime that is tolerated in the country. There are also very strict Islamic laws in place, and so things such as drinking alcohol, practicing other religions, non-modest dressing, public displays of affection and various other acts are considered illegal in public.

All women are required to wear loose, long dresses out in public.

Due to international conflict, it is advised to stay as far away from the Saudi-Yemen border as possible. It is always important to go for a general health check-up before a trip overseas. It is best to do this 4-6 weeks before your trip. For your trip to Saudi Arabia, it is strongly recommended to get vaccinations for the following: hepatitis A and typhoid.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 62.00
Domestic beer (0.5l draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 10.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 20.00 R 33.00 R 40.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 7.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 41
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