Saudi Arabia is open to tourists: Discover snowy peaks, coral reefs, chic cafes and a hidden 'Petra'

RIYADH – Even in a Google-mapped world, Saudi Arabia is such an unseen kingdom that very few outsiders have an inkling of its wintry peaks, coral reefs and stylish cafes.

Its best-kept secret is Madain Saleh, the ruins of a lost city akin to Jordan’s Petra, but still blissfully crowd-free. These rose-red sister cities deep in the desert were the jewels of powerful Nabatean merchants – of Arabic origin – who traversed the ancient Incense Route profiting richly from the frankincense trade.

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