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Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula. It is bounded to the north and northeast by Iraq; to the north-east by Kuwait; to the east by the Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates; to the south-east and south by Oman; to the south and south-west by Yemen; to the west by the Red Sea; and to the northwest by Jordan.

Saudi Arabia has intrigued travellers for centuries. Its vast swathes of desert were the swaddling clothes of infant Islam, the Arab race and of Arabic, a language considered holy by Muslims. It's also home to two of Islam's holiest cities (Mecca and Medina) and a host of modern, thriving, oil-rich metropolises.

Today's Saudi Arabia has held on to its mystique by being incredibly difficult to visit. But if you can find someone to sponsor you or decide to take an expensive 'approved' tour, it's worth coming here for the desert and mountain scenery, and some of the Middle East's best archaeological sites.

Map of Saudi Arabia