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Dentistry 2 clinics

Cosmetology 1 clinics

Ophthalmology 1 clinics

General Medicine 1 clinics

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery 1 clinics

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Riyadh 1 clinics

Jeddah 1 clinics

About Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace and home to Islam’s holiest city, is a young country with a rich history. Considered by many as the final frontier of tourism, the country is dotted with attractions and symbolism. It boasts breathtaking oases, mesmerizing mountaintops, flowing rivers, untouched stretches of the Red Sea coast, and seemingly endless sand dunes unlike anywhere in the world. Saudi Arabia might not be a popular medical tourism destination yet, but the country has developed a plan to encourage international medical tourists to receive treatments in one of its high-quality medical centers. The country is constantly improving its healthcare system, with ultra-modern hospitals, cutting-edge technology, and highly skilled medical professionals.  

Popular Cities and Regions in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and is one of the wealthiest cities in the world. While it does not have a lot to offer visitors in terms of attractions, tourists can still find many fun things to do. Some of the more popular are to visit the Masmak Fortress, explore the National Museum, go to the Sky Bridge, or stroll around Riyadh Zoo. The second-largest city in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, is also popular among tourists. Sitting on the Red Sea in the western part of the country, it has served as a port and trading city for centuries. It is now a major commercial center, with an incredible waterfront, gorgeous old town, and UNESCO-listed Red Sea architecture. 

Transport in Saudi Arabia

The busiest international airport in Saudi Arabia is King Abdulaziz International Airport, while King Fahd International Airport is the largest. Both airports serve flights to and from many cities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Having numerous domestic airports, air travel is, by far, the fastest and most convenient option to get around the country. Buses are slow, but they are the cheapest and have the widest network. Trains are available as well. While they only have three lines, they are very comfortable and reasonably priced. In all major cities, metered taxi services are available.

Visas in Saudi Arabia

All visitors to Saudi Arabia are required to apply for a visa, except citizens of the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait. The country issues an online visa (eVisa) and visa on arrival for 51 counties, including the US, China, the UK, Monaco, and Malaysia. In January 2020, it was announced that those who hold UK, US, or Schengen visa are eligible for eVisa upon arrival.

Weather in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia generally has two seasons: summer and winter. Summer comes in April, bringing extremely hot and humid weather. The average temperature during this season is around 40°C to 45°C, sometimes soaring to as high as 49°C. The winter, starting from November and ends in March, brings cooler temperatures. During the day, the average temperature is 20°C. At night, the temperature drops to 10°C. It rarely rains in the country, particularly in Riyadh and the northern parts of the Red Sea coast.

Additional Info
  1. Local Currency: Saudi Riyal (SAR) is the official currency. 1 SAR converts to 3.75 SAR.
  2. Money & Payments: ATMs are widely available and reliable in the country. Major credit cards, particularly Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted. Tipping is expected at around 10% to 15% for good service unless there is a service charge added to the bill,
  3. Local Language: the official language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic. However, English is widely spoken as it is a required second language in schools and is used in business. 
  4. Local Culture and Religion: Islam is the state religion. The constitution does not allow for religious freedom. There are other religions besides Islam, but they are practiced by foreign nationals since any non-Muslim who want to acquire Saudi Arabian nationality have to convert to Islam. While it is not required for women to wear abayas (a long black, rob-like dress) in public anymore, it is still important that both men and women wear modest clothing.
  5. Public holidays: Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, and National Day are some of the most celebrated public holidays in Saudi Arabia