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Even though most foreigners come to Saudi Arabia to work, doesn’t mean there isn’t any room for play. Saudi Arabia offers various activities to enjoy in your spare time.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest country in the Middle East. Its growing population and the exponential expat community have grown to cultivate Saudi Arabia’s leisure landscape. No matter what your interests you are sure to find something that you can enjoy, whether alone or with your mates and your family.

Good to know:

Saudi Arabia has announced it is to invest $64 billion into its Entertainment Sector over the coming years.

Nature and landscapes

The nice thing about Saudi Arabia’s geographical size is that it can offer a spectrum of different natural landscapes throughout the year. It is easy to assume that all you will get in Saudi Arabia are sand dunes, which are in fact very beautiful, but there is so much more to see. If you like hiking and mountainous adventures, head to Taif and Abha. If you are more into beaches and the coast, they have plenty of coastal regions offering pristine beaches and clear waters. Natural wonders such as Wadi Rum and Madinah Salah are can be found here. If you’re looking for something more local, most of the cities have national parks and lots of greenery for it local residents.

Sea activities

You may be a lucky enough to settle down in a coastal region, but if not, a short trip to the many seaside cities in the region is a quick little getaway. With full potential and untapped attractions, the Red Sea Coast of Saudi Arabia is a diver’s dream. With diving becoming more popular amongst younger locals, diving services have advanced rapidly. Diving companies offering sea trips, training, and lessons are becoming more and more common. With diving options in Jeddah, Obhur, Khobar, Dammam, and Yanbu, there is so much to discover under the sea. If lying on the beach and soaking up the sun is more your thing, you’ll be happy to know that private beach clubs are available for day trips to the beach. Here you are free to enjoy the beach any way you wish (women allowed and so are bikinis).


Saudi Arabia has made its mark in the world as one of the top shopping havens in the world. The shopping districts, malls, traditional and local markets, and boutiques are limitless. There are thousands of international brands opening stores across the Kingdom. No matter your fashion sense or your budget, there is something to please everybody when it comes to shopping in Saudi Arabia. Also, in Saudi Arabia, shoppers benefit from having to pay very low sale taxes.


Historical landmarks, museums, and traditional markets can be found across the country. Smaller towns and villages on the outskirts of the bigger cities are great places to explore the Saudi heritage and witness beautiful landscapes. An annual festival celebrating the Saudi culture (Janadriya) takes place on the outskirts of Riyadh and welcomes thousands of visitors every year.


Spectator sporting is very popular in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia locals are avid soccer watchers. The national soccer teams in Saudi Arabia are widely supported in the country. Weekly soccer games at the National Soccer Arenas are a common pastime amongst Saudi locals as well as foreigners.

 Good to know:

Saudi Arabia has legally allowed women to enter and watch sport games in Arenas. Prior to 2018, it was forbidden.

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