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Saudi International Book Fair

Sep 2008 (annual)
International Exhibition and Convention Center, Jeddah

Authors, publishers, intellectuals and other bookish types from the Islamic world and beyond gather at Jeddah's International Exibition and Convention Center for the third annual book fair.…

  Saudi International Motor Show 

9 - 13 Nov 2008 (annual)

International Exhibition and Convention Center, Jeddah

 The Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) is the biggest and best motor show in the Middle East, filling Jeddah's International Exhibition and Convention Center with all the latest models and…

Riyadh Motor Show 

23 - 27 Nov 2008 (annual)

Riyadh Exhibition Centre, Riyadh

The Riyadh Motor Show is the oldest and most important in the region, with top names in the auto industry from around the world. Held concurrently with Saudi Autoshop at the Riyadh Exhibition…


The Great Feast-Qurban Bayram-or "The Great Festival" 



The 'Festival of Sacrifice', one of the most important days of the Islamic calendar, commemorates both the end of the Hajj pilgrimage and the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son for God.


Hajj to Mecca 


 6 - 9 Dec 2008 (annual)



According to the Prophet Mohammed, there are five fundamental practices of the Muslim religion, known as the Five Pillars of Islam. The last of these involves a pilgrimage to his birthplace…

  Mecca and the Kabah




The Kabah, in the city of Makkah (or Mecca) is revered as the most sacred spot on Earth by all Muslims. You will only see this holy structure yourself if you convert, or if you're a Muslim already.

Masmak Fortress 


Daily; not Friday

Masmak Fortress, Riyad

The Masmak Fortress is a 19th-century mud fortress at the heart of Al-Bathaa, Riyadh's old quarter. In the early 19th century the building was the focus of an historic stuggle for power…




Dir'aiyah, Riyadh

Dir'aiyah was the kingdom's first capital and the ruins, a short drive from Riyadh city centre, are now Saudi Arabia's most popular archaeological site. Founded in 1446, the city reached the…

King Abdul Aziz Mosque 



King Abdul Aziz Mosque, Riyadh

The spectacular King Abdul Aziz Mosque in central Riyadh accommodates around 5000 worshippers. In the early eighties of the last Hijra (Islamic) century, the mosque was restored and rebuilt…

Red Sea Diving 




Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is littered with the derelict wrecks of old ships and filled with an immense variety of underwater fauna. Divers can expect to come face-to-face with (docile) sharks, manta rays…

Harvey Nichols 



Al Faisaliah Shopping Mall, Riyadh


Riyadh Museum for History and Archaelogy In 2000, the first Harvey Nichols store outside the UK opened within the Al Faisaliah retail mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It stocks a broad range of international designer clothes and…

 King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre 

Daily; not Sa

King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, Riyadh

Riyadh's King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre is a US$250-million museum complex built over the old King Abdul Aziz quarter. Using photographs, artefacts, video material and theatres in an…

Souk Al-Alawi 



Souk Al-Alawi, Jedda

The Souk Al-Alawi is Jeddah's biggest traditional market (souk) and livens up the serpentine alleys of the old town. It is ideal for a stroll to soak up the atmosphere of this ancient city and…

Riyadh Museum for History and Archaeology, Riyadh


 The Riyadh Museum, to the west of Al-Bathaa, covers the history and archaeology of Arabia from the Stone Age to early Islam. Islamic architecture is explored, while a separate…







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