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Top 10 places for travel & vacation in Saudi Arabia.

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1.Mecca
Mecca is one of the largest cities in Saudi Arabia, the holy city of Islam. It is located at the foot of the Jabar al-Karnayt mountain range in the narrow Abraham valley, 100 km from the Red Sea. Mecca is the center of Islam, and the most sacred city for Muslims, the entrance to the city to representatives of other religions is prohibited. According to the views of Muslims in Mecca, the Prophet Mohammed was born (in 571), as well as the place of receiving the Mekan suras of the Koran. The most famous place of the city is the square building appointed by the Prophet Mohamed - Kaaba. Around it is built the Al-Haram Mosque, in which at the same time there may be 300,000 believers. This is the most sacred place for Muslims.
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2.Kaaba
Kaaba is a building, a rectangular stone building in the center of the Holy Mosque (al-Masjdid al-Haram) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia the main sanctuary of Islam, which the Muslims call al-Bayt al-Haram, which means "sacred house". Muslims around the world are turning their faces in the direction of the Kaaba during prayer. Around the Ka'ba during the Hajj, the tawaf rite is performed.
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3.Abraj Al Bait
Abraj Al Bait - a skyscraper and a complex of buildings in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The height of the 120-story skyscraper is 601 meters. The construction was started in 2004 and was completed in 2012. After the completion of the construction this skyscraper became the second tallest skyscraper in the world. Also it is the world's tallest hotel, the world's tallest tower clock and the building with the largest area in the world.
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4.Al-Masjid an-Nabawi
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi - a mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia which is the second shrine in Islam in importance after the Forbidden Mosque in Mecca (the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is the third) the burial place of Muhammad. The first mosque in this place was built during the lifetime of Muhammad, the subsequent Islamic rulers expanded and adorned the shrine. Under the Green Dome (Dome of the Prophet) is the grave of Muhammad. The exact date of the construction of the dome is unknown, but its description can be found in the manuscripts of the early 12th century. The first two Muslim caliphs Abu Bakr and Umar are also buried in the mosque.
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5.Cave Hira
Hira is a cave located 3.5 km from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is located on the north-eastern slope of Jabal al-Nur mountain. The cave is small, about 3.5 meters long and 2 meters wide, and it faces the Kaaba. In the cave of Hira, the Prophet Muhammad was fond of secluded for seclusion. In the time of the Prophet, next to it was the quarter (shib) of the al-Aknas family, to the left of the road for Iraqi pilgrims. It was in this cave that the angel Jabrayil handed the first divine revelation to the Prophet Muhammad, the first five verses of surah al-Alak.
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6.Masmak fort
Masmak fort - Amoc in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia built in 1865. Built of brick and clay. He played an important role in the capture of Riyadh on January 14, 1902. The lock is in the historical and commercial center of Riyadh.
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7.Mada'in Saleh
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Mada'in Saleh is a complex of archaeological sites in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. The complex includes 111 rock burials (1st century BC - 1st century AD), as well as a system of hydraulic structures belonging to the ancient Nabataean town of Hegra, which was the center of caravan trade. Also there are about 50 inscriptions in the rocks belonging to the Donabata period. In 2008, the archaeological complex of Al-Hijra was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, becoming the first such object on the territory of Saudi Arabia.
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8.Quba Mosque
Quba Mosque is the first and oldest mosque ever built, Saudi Arabia. It is located not far from the holy city of Medina for the Muslims. Her first stones were laid by the Prophet Muhammad, but the mosque was finished by his associates. Muhammad spent more than 20 nights praying while waiting for Ali.
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9.Uruq Bani Ma'arid
Uruq Bani Ma'arid is a protected area in the southern part of Saudi Arabia, located on the western outskirts of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), the largest sand desert in the world. The reserve was chosen for the reintroduction of the oryx, which was bred in captivity.
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10.Farasan Islands
Farasan Islands is a group of islands in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Archipelago Farasan is located in the southern part of the Red Sea. It consists of more than 90 islands. The largest is the island of Farasan el-Kabir, which covers an area of ​​398.59 km2. The fauna of the surrounding sea waters is very rich. Here there are 231 species of fish, 49 species of corals, 3 species of dolphins. The climate is tropical hot. Rains go mainly in the summer months, when the monsoon brings moisture from the Indian Ocean. It accumulates in the karst voids, so that the islands meet sources of drinking water.
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