Sunny Saudi Arabia is the largest state in the Arabian Peninsula. This fabulous place is washed by the waters of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. More recently, the country has become a popular diving destination. The coastline of Saudi Arabia is 1830 kilometres of almost untouched coral reefs. They were preserved in their original form, as a result of government restrictions which allowed only a few divers to touch the world of the Red Sea. The diversity of marine life is astounding. The country has become popular among diving enthusiasts due to the rich underwater world: dolphins, sharks, sea urchins, moray eels, humpback whales and exotic species of deep-sea fish live here. In addition to the fantastic reefs, you will have a chance to visit sunken ships and their debris, dive along the walls, and explore caves and canyons. Besides scuba diving, people are actively engaged in freediving and snorkelling.
Most dive shops are located on the coast of the city of Jeddah and in Dammam. They offer various diving tours and safaris, and you can rent equipment or boats. Beginners are advised to use the services of an instructor and undergo the necessary training.
In Spring, the air temperatures get higher, and there is almost no rain. May is the first month when the weather is hot and dry. The air temperature ranges from +28 to 38 ° C, while the water temperature stands at +25 ° C.
In the Summer, the weather is hot and dry, the peak of the solar heat being in July. The air temperature ranges from +40 to + 42 ° C, the water temperature reaches +26-28 ° C.
In Autumn the weather is still hot, but much more pleasant, However, in November the air temperature drops significantly and a short rainy season begins. The air temperature fluctuates between +28 and 39 ° C, with the water being +26-28 ° C.
Winter is the coolest time of the year. February marks the beginning of the rain season. At the end of the month, the weather gets warmer. The air temperature is 22–25 ° C, the water temperature is 20–25 ° C.
There are many unique and interesting dive sites in Saudi Arabia: 100 Halalas Reef, 4 Mile Reef, 5 Mile Reef, 50-55 Reef, the ship Abu Madafi Wreck, the cargo ship Boiler Wreck, Al Baha Reef, Ala's Reef, Anna’s Reef, Big Green, Big Red, Bird Island, Black Coral Ridge, the ship Chicken Wreck and Coast Guard.
Medical services in Saudi Arabia are well-established. We recommend to take out insurance and be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, polio, meningococcal infection. Great care must be taken: terrorist attacks are possible in the country. Due to the military conflict in Yemen, do not travel within 30 kilometres of the border. Take care while driving, a large number of traffic accidents in the country. For women over 25 years, it is possible to enter the country unaccompanied by men. It is advisable to wear a long loose black dress, visitors are allowed to walk without a headscarf.
Dangerous marine life lurks in the waters of the Red Sea. During dives, be vigilant when encountering different types of sharks and stingrays. Stay away from jellyfish, warts and lionfish. There is a high chance to get injured by sea urchin's needles or sharp coral edges.
Saudi Arabian cuisine is a combination of the traditions of the countries of the Middle East. At the root of most dishes are the duck and baby-lamb meat, lamb, eggs and rice with dried raisins. Every traveler should try the Guzi — a traditional dish of baked lamb, with the addition of nuts, rice and spices. Shish kebabs made from lamb and pilaf Maklyuba are also popular. Oriental desserts are especially good: the famous Turkish delight, honey doughnuts — ligate, fried sweet flour with spices — Asyd.
The national pride are the local drink is tea and coffee produced locally. They cook it using special technologies and pour it into special metal kettles and bowls. Only bottled water should be consumed.