Chilling in the Kingdom

Visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been near the top of my travel list for years, though getting there is not easy. There is no such thing as a tourist visa in the KSA and even obtaining a business or transit visa is difficult, or so I heard. Well, my experience was different.

This is just a teaser post--you won't read about the trip for another month or so--but I am enjoying a refreshing stay at the Park Hyatt Jeddah, had a good experience on Saudia, the Saudi national carrier and now a member of Skyteam, and have been impressed that Saudi Arabia--at least Jeddah--is not as conservative as I had imagined. Warm Arab hospitality and good food have made for a wonderful trip thus far.

Now I am going back to the pool...


ClearedCustoms December 7, 2012 at 07:22 pm

Interest peaked...

Have a nice day :)

UA-NYC December 8, 2012 at 08:41 am

Looking forward to hearing about it - may have a business trip to Jeddah in a couple months and am very curious about your experiences

TJ December 8, 2012 at 02:44 pm

Can you fill us in about the visa? I have a trip upcoming to the Middle East and would love to do a Saudi side trip :)

Essentially, I had no trouble obtaining a r/t transit visa, each valid for three days duration, from the Saudi Embassy in Washington (in one business day at no cost). I included flight and hotel reservations along with the paperwork.

Thom December 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

Exciting news, can't wait to read your full trip report!

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