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Saudi Arabia hotels — where to stay
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia there is almost no tourism, in its traditional meaning. Most of the foreigners work here what allows them to get visas and application for temporary residence. There are special cities – compounds geared for non-residents and their families where they can establish habitual life. There (and only there) women are allowed not to wear abaya – traditional Arabic dress that covers the whole body. In Saudi Arabia, a special police department – muttava enforce the moral order and adherence to the religious standards on the streets. Before the trip you should carefully read the rules of conduct in public places. You should not take photos with a sign depicting a crossed camera. And it is not even possible consequences (although there may be deportation) you just should pay due respect to the laws of Saudi Arabia being a guest there.
In Mecca there is the largest mosque of the world – Al-Haram Mosque and Islamic holy place of Kaaba. In order to accommodate the huge number of pilgrims every year coming for religious rites the mosque was rebuilt and expanded several times. Especially the number of worshipers increase during the Hajj so the construction of hotels in these cities does not stop. These are not just hotels but great complexes with more than one thousand rooms in each of them: Pullman ZamZam Makkah, Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Hajar Tower Makkah, Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana, Swissôtel Makkah. Prices for suites with several bedrooms reach $2,000/day.
There are almost no pedestrian zones in the cities. It is common to go by private car. As public transport only taxi is used. Women are not allowed to be at the wheel. Saudi Arabia is a rich country and there are lots of expensive cars on the streets. When drivers want to experience the power of the engine they often arrange speed racings. Speeding fine is quite high but very few people seem to care because entertainment opportunities are severely limited. Alcohol is banned, there are no cinemas, not to mention the clubs. The most common ways of leisure are shopping and family picnics on lawns or beaches.
Compared with the capital city of Riyadh Jeddah is more vibrant, the youths behave more relaxed. Fahd fountain has already announced about its grand scale but the construction of the tallest skyscraper in the world yet to come.
Where to stay
There are lots of five-star hotels in Saudi Arabia. The interior decoration and quality of service correspond the declared level. Many hotels are located in skyscrapers the number of which every year only increases: Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Rosewood Corniche.
The country is washed by the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea but swimming is not done. To that end the resort Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras Jeddah offers seaside villas with private pools. Since the climate is very hot in Saudi Arabia we advise you when choosing a hotel to pay attention if there is a pool.
Rates of the hotels in Mecca (Mobarak Plaza 2) and Medina (Dar Al Shohadaa Hotel) depend on the distance of the main mosques – the farther the cheaper.
The centers of almost all cities are predominantly inhabited with the guest workers and the favorable location for the hotels are suburbs:
• Rwaq Suites 4 - Al Falah (Riyadh);
• The Palace Suites (Al Khobar);
• Sultana Tower Hotel Suites (Buraidah);
• Al Raha Apartment (Abha).
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