Reasons To Visit Abha
Abha is a city with an elevation of roughly 2,200 meters which allows it to enjoy much cooler weather compared to the rest of Saudi Arabia, something that has led to its reputation as a popular summer destination. There are many fascinating historic landmarks located around the city for sightseers like the many fortresses and the Shadda Palace, while the city’s popularity as a tourism destination ensures there are always many interesting festivals and events held across the year like the Abha Festival over the summer. There are also plenty of opportunities to indulge your active side such as exploring Aseer National Park or hiking up Jabal Sawda.
Arriving In Abha
Abha Airport is located around 20 km from the center of Abha and handles a range of domestic and regional flights including direct flights from the UAE. Travelers looking to book flights from the UAE to Abha can make the journey directly from Dubai or Sharjah. If you are based in Dubai you will be able to fly with flydubai from Dubai International Airport, while Air Arabia provides flights out of Sharjah.
Abha Airport is set within a single passenger terminal and offers a small range of amenities and facilities, so you will be able to find all of the essentials you would expect. Alongside a cafeteria area providing food and refreshments, you can find a few gift and travel shops available. In addition to this, the airport has an airport lounge where you can enjoy luxuries like refreshments and Wi-Fi access. When your flight has arrived at the airport, your best bet to reach your destination is to hop in a taxi, although you may want to prearrange for a private transfer instead.
Abha Travel Information
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UAE nationals are entitled to enter Saudi Arabia without needing a visa, but you will still need to show a valid national ID card. Due to its elevation, the weather in Abha is considerably cooler compared to the UAE with average highs of close to 30 degrees during the height of summer and relatively warm temperatures for the rest of the year, although it does rain more frequently in the region, especially between March and April. Remember to put your clocks back by an hour to get on local time, while the currency you will need in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi riyal.
* This information is correct as of March 2018
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