Mecca- Saudi Arabia. Photo by: marviikad

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Saudi Arabia

Home to the world’s largest oil reserves and birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia is still stereotyped as a closed and forbidden Kingdom, with rich sheiks, and palaces in the desert next to oil gushing wells.

However, under the conservative blanket lies a country with many surprises. If you feel adventurous, go dune bashing in the Empty Quarter desert or SCUBA dive in the still-unspoiled coral reefs of the Red Sea. Explore the Mada’in Saleh, a lesser known Saudi version of Petra, and share Arabian tea under a tent to experience the warmth and friendliness of the Bedouin people. Just know that some areas are off limits to non-Muslims.

Continue below to read more about the Kingdom, discover how to conduct yourself, and learn why many foreigners choose to work there.

Saudi Arabia Articles

This flight crew made history in Saudi Arabia

by Morgane Croissant

One way to fight ISIS that politicians aren’t talking about: Our ties with Saudi Arabia

by Amanda Machado

The top 12 places for teaching English abroad

by Kelly Lalonde

How to change your car’s tires…while the car’s still moving

by Matt Hershberger

5 places to escape the compound in Riyadh

by Ashley Brown

Rethinking Muslim stereotypes

by Priyanka Kher

Islam’s largest nation disgusted by the judgment of its holiest

by Richard Stupart

Becoming a successful career woman in Saudi Arabia

by Michele La Morte-Shbat

The world’s 12 most spectacular houses of worship

by Eva Holland

What every American should know about the Middle East

by Joshywashington

5 Dangerous Places to be a Blogger

by Alexander Sehmer

Travel to Mecca 1

by Joshywashington

U.S. Muslim go to Mecca for Hajj

by Joshywashington

Totalitarian tourism, because you gotta see for yourself

by Baxter Jackson

Armchair Travel: Focus on the Middle East

by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström

12 Things You Don’t Want to Be Caught Doing in Foreign Lands

by Hal Amen