Destination Information for Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a wealthy desert country encompassing a good majority of the Arabian Peninsula, with coastlines that run along the Persian Gulf and Red Sea. The country is known as the birthplace of Islam and is home to two of the religion’s most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad. Riyadh, the capital, is a skyscraper-filled metropolis.
When you think of Saudi Arabia you think of a vast, harsh desert landscape, but there’s far more to this intriguing country. There are also beautiful mountaintops, beaches and rivers, as well as huge cosmopolitan cities with fabulous shopping opportunities and world-class restaurants.
If you’re planning a trip to Saudi Arabia it is extremely advisable to ensure you are familiar with local laws, customs and social expectations to avoid causing offense or getting into more serious trouble. Travel throughout the country can be restricted, especially for women, making this a destination for the more determined adventurer.
Malaria and regions within the country: There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in the south west of the country, except in high altitude regions of Asir and the cities of Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and Taif. Anti-malarial medication is recommended for high risk zones. The rest of the country has a low to no risk of malaria and anti-malarial medication is generally not advised.
Before you travel, a visit to London Travel Clinic is a must. Here our friendly nurses can advise you of the correct measures to take to ensure your safety in Saudi Arabia. We will advise you of the correct Saudi Arabia Travel Vaccinations you are required to have and the ones recommended having before your trip.
May 2015: Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers-Cov)
There have been a number of cases of Mers-Cov reported throughout the country this year. Camels are thought to be the main hosts of the virus. The risk to travellers is generally very low. The method of transmission is currently unknown however visitors should adopt good hygiene by washing hands thoroughly, ensure food is fully cooked before consumption and avoid contact with animals, both live and farmed.
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