At present this is a tender port only, but the aim is to create a pier which can cater to large ships.
Saudi Arabia has launched an eVisa for cruise passengers sailing from the country or arriving at one of its ports. About 130 Euro.
Absolutely no alcohol and drugs are allowed in the country and Sharia, or Islamic law is strictly enforced.
Once your ship is 12 nautical miles from the Saudi coastline, the bars open and alcohol is served in the restaurants,
If you bring medication with you, carry a doctor's prescription.
Both men and women should dress modestly covering shoulders and knees in public, avoiding tight-fitting clothing or clothes with profane language or images. And although female tourists do not need to cover their heads any longer when walking around, they do need to in places of worship.
It's just not done to walk down the street hand in hand or show any public displays of affection.
Homosexual or extra-marital sexual relations, including adultery, are illegal and can be subject to severe penalties. It's also illegal to be transgender. Transgender people travelling to Saudi Arabia are likely to face significant difficulties and risks if this is discovered by the authorities. However: MSC Cruises is determining how to approach this, but confirmed that gay cruisers are definitely not banned from entering the Kingdom and sailing.
Just in case you were thinking of linking up your iPhone with your Bluetooth speaker and playing it in a public spot, don't
Sharia law prohibits public observance of any religion other than Islam. So check your jewellery. If you are Jewish, you are allowed to visit the Kingdom, but not if you have an Israeli passport or a stamp from a visit to Israel.
Taking pictures or recording videos without permission is not permitted.
Al Wajh is a city situated on the coast of the Red Sea and is known for its pristine beaches.
The city has numerous mosques, all of which are distinguished by their stunning architecture. Inside the city, there is also a fort called Al Wajh Castle, which was built in the 1870s. The castle was used as a fortification to protect Tabuk and later as government headquarters. Today the castle has been fully restored and turned into a museum that features the town's history. From the top floor of the museum, visitors can also enjoy a stunning view of the port.
A three-hour drive from this coastal city takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hegra and Al-Ula. Hegra is a forgotten city of the ancient world, hidden in plain sight. This site was designated by UNESCO for its incredible preservation abilities and seems to be lost amongst sand dunes that date back centuries ago when it served an important role as one piece within another larger puzzle – the Nabatean civilization.
Continue the exploration to the ancient city of AlUla with its citadel dating back to the 10th century. The old town has 900+ brick houses and 400 shops, with plenty of alleyways to explore.
Shopping malls hours:
Saturday to Tuesday: From 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Wednesday & Thursday: From 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Currency in Saudi Arabia: Saudi riyal (SAR)
Arabic is the official language in Saudi Arabia, but English is widely understood.
Internet is available in the malls as well in cafes.
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