Saudi-Arabia – Culture, History, Pictures, and Sightseeting

This page profiles various cities of Saudi-Arabia, their history, culture, pictures and related information for knowledge, providing ideas for things to do and sightseeing.

Makkah, Saudi-Arabia

Makkah, Saudi-Arabia is the holiest and noblest place for worldwide Muslims.
Makkah, Saudi-Arabia is the holiest and noblest place for worldwide Muslims.

Learn more about Makkah here.

Madinah, Saudi-Arabia

Madinah, Saudi-Arabia
Madinah, Saudi-Arabia is the second holiest place for worldwide Muslims

Learn more about Madinah here.

Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia

Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi-Arabia
Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi-Arabia

Learn more about Riyadh here.

Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia

Jeddah is the second largest city of Saudi-Arabia
Jeddah is the second largest city of Saudi-Arabia

Learn more about Jeddah here.

Qassim, Saudi-Arabia

Qassim is one of the large cities of Saudi-Arabia
Qassim is one of the large cities of Saudi-Arabia

Learn more about Qassim here.

Al-Ahsa and Hofuf, Saudi-Arabia

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Hofuf is in the Al-Ahsa province of Saudi-Arabia

Learn more about Al-Ahsa and Hofuf here.

 

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Madina Al-Munawwara, Saudi-Arabia – Culture, History, and Things to Do

The city of Madina is the second holiest city for the Muslims. It is located on the western part of Saudi-Arabia, a few hundred kilometers north of the city of Makkah. Prophet Muhammad and his closest companions are buried in this city.

Madinah Mosque, Saudi Arabia
Madinah Mosque, Saudi Arabia

 

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Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia – Culture, Pictures, History, and People

Jeddah is the second largest of Saudi-Arabia (after Riyadh). The city is located on the western side of the country and is a landing port for the pilgrims visiting the holy places of Makkah and Madinah.

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Old Jeddah City and its buildings
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Old Jeddah City and its buildings
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The large water fountain of Jeddah on the Red Sea
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Al-Rahmah mosque in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia
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The large water fountain on the red sea

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Makkah, Saudi-Arabia – Culture, History, Pictures and Things to do

Makkah is the holiest city for all Muslims. In this city is the sacred and noblest mosque called the Haram Al-Shareef. Within the haram is the cube shaped ‘Kaaba’, which is the house of God (Allah). All Muslims worldwide face the Kaaba to offer their daily five prayers.

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The inside of the Haram Mosque in Makkah
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The cubed shaped Kaaba in Makkah
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One of the many gates of the haram mosque in Makkah
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A view of the Kaaba with devout Muslims circling in a ritual called ‘tawaf’
the golden colors of the inside of Makkah mosque
the golden colors of the inside of Makkah mosque
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The the inside of Makkah mosque with worshipers engaged in prayers

 

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Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia – History, Culture, Pictures, and Things to do

Riyadh is not only Saudi-Arabia’s largest and capital city, it is also the largest city of the Middle East and Gulf countries. One can find plenty of history, culture, and other things to do in this large city. Below are some of the sites that you can visit while you are in Riyadh.

The Annual Janadriyah Cultural Festival

The Annual Janadriyah Cultural Festival of Saudi-Arabia
The Annual Janadriyah Cultural Festival of Saudi-Arabia

Get more details on the Janadriyah Festival here

Riyadh Skyline

Kingdom tower
With many tall buildings, Riyadh has a very impressive skyline
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Riyadh’s Impressive Skyline
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Riyadh Skyline
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Riyadh Skyline

King Khaled Building

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Unique architecture of King Khaled Building – Built in the early 1980s

Riyadh’s Old Water Tower

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Riyadh’s Old Water Tower built in the 1960s
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Riyadh’s Old Water Tower

Riyadh TV Tower

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Riyadh TV Tower built in the 1980s

Kingdom Tower

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Kingdom Tower was built in the 1990s and is the second largest tower in the Middle East after Burj Al-Khalifa

King Abdullah Financial District

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King Abdullah Financial District

Edge of the World

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Edge of the World – Located in the outskirts of Riyadh in the middle of the desert

 

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Hofuf, Saudi-Arabia – Culture, History, Pictures, and Sightseeing

Hofuf is a key city of the Al-Ahsa region in Saudi-Arabia and is home to multiple sightseeing sites for visitors.

Al-Gara (Qara) Mountains

Al-Gara mountains are one of the primary attractions of Hifuf
Al-Gara mountains are one of the primary attractions of Hofuf

Learn more about Al-Gara Mountains here

Oasis of Hofuf

Oasis in Hafuf
Oasis in Hafuf are one of the largest in the world.

Learn more about Oasis in Hafuf here

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Hofuf Oasis, Al-Ahsa – Pictures, Sightseeing, and History

The oasis in Hofuf are considered one of the largest in the world. With many square miles of Palm tress, the city provides multiple things to do for a new visitor. Here are some of the pictures to give you a sense of the oasis in Hofuf.

Aerial view of the oasis in Hofuf, Saudi-Arabia
Aerial view of the oasis in Hofuf, Saudi-Arabia
Aerial view of the oasis in Hofuf, Saudi-Arabia
Another Aerial view of the oasis in Hofuf, Saudi-Arabia
Palm trees in the Oasis of Hofuf
Palm trees in the Oasis of Hofuf
Sughtseeing in the Oasis of Hofuf
Sughtseeing in the Oasis of Hofuf

 

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Kalash Valley in Pakistan – Culture and Lifestyle

Kalash valley is situated in the Chitral region of Northern Pakistan. The valley is surrounded by the Hindukush mountain ranges. The valley is named after the Kalash people who have a unique culture and lifestyle and follow a form of Hindu region. This, therefore is one of the few pockets of non-Muslims living in a largely Muslim Pakistan.

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Kalash Valley, Pakistan

The three smaller valleys of the Kalash valley are Bumburet, Ayun, and Rumbur valleys. The Bumburet valley is the largest of the three.

Chitral and Kalash Valley on Map of Northern Pakistan
Chitral and Kalash Valley on Map of Northern Pakistan

Kalash valley experiences extreme cold and snowy conditions in the winter time and is difficult to access during winter months. The pictures below shed some light on the cultures and lifestyles of the Kalash people and the areas where they live.

A view of Kalash Valley and the mountains near Chitral Pakistan
A view of Kalash Valley and the mountains near Chitral Pakistan

Culture and Traditions of the Kalash People

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Handmade Embroidery work in Kalash Valley, Pakistan
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Girls Colorful Dresses in Kalash Valley, Pakistan

Chowmos Festival

Chowmos Festival is a dance festival celbrated in the month of December in the Kalash Valley. Due to the difficulty of getting to the valley in winter months, not many external visitors are known to attend this festival.

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Chowmos Festival and Dance in Kalash Region, Pakistan
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Chowmos Festival and Dance in Kalash Region, Pakistan

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Morocco, Moroccan Cities, and Places to See

Morocco is a country in North Africa that has one of the very rich cultures in the world. The landscapes of the country is equally beautiful. The rich culture, history, architecture, and scenery of this Muslim country provide you many things to do. Below are some of the major cities and locations that one can visit in Morocco. Each of these cities in turn has many more sightseeing opportunities to see and explore.

Volubilis, Morocco

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One of the old buildings in Volubilis, Morocco
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Ancient ruins of Volubilis, Morocco
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Things to do and see in Morocco – Sightseeing and Vacation

The Sahara Desert

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Sand Dunes of the Sahara Desert
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The beauty of sand dunes of the Sahara
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Sahara desert in Morocco
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Desert landscape of the Sahara, Morocco

Casablanca

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One of the streets in Casablanca, Morocco
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Traditional old style streets in Casablanca
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Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Another view of Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Moroccan Markets

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Spices shop and market in Morocco
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A vegetable and fruit market souq of Morocco
A vegetable and fruit market souq of Morocco
A vegetable and fruit market souq of Morocco

City of Fez

City Court, Fez, Morocco
City Court, Fez, Morocco
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Making of leather in the city of Fez, Morocco

Old Architectures

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Old architecture and buildings of Morocco
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An old home from the early twentieth century

A Culture of Entertainment

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Snake charmer entertainment in Morocco

City of Essaouira

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A scene from the city of Essaouira. Boats on a coast
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Things to do and see in Morocco – Sightseeing and Vacation

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Menara Palace, Marrakech

Menara Palace, Marrakech Morocco
Menara Palace, Marrakech
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Jemaa El-Fna, Marrakech Morocco

Chefchaouen, The Blue City in Morocco

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Chefchaouen, The Blue City in Morocco

Asilah. Morocco

Things to do and see in Morocco - Sightseeing and Vacation
Things to do and see in Morocco – Sightseeing and Vacation