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A Guide to Female Solo Travel in Saudi Arabia

by Aoife O’Riordan

Mar 29, 2024

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Traveling alone as a woman can be daunting no matter where in the world. Keeping certain tips and information in mind at all times is essential, but it shouldn’t detract from you having a good time. Saudi Arabia might not come to mind as one of the first countries safe for female travelers, but the country continues to rise in popularity for solo travel among women.


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In fact, Saudi Arabia ranked as the safest country to visit among G20 nations and, with women front and center in Saudi Arabia’s cultural transformation and Vision 2030, it’s never been a better time to go.


Saudi Arabia has ranked as the safest among G20 nations according to international indicators for the third time in a row. The historic and holy city of Medina was awarded the highest safety rating for female solo travel worldwide by InsureMyTrip.


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The country continues to grow as a wellness capital thanks to bespoke wellness experiences year-round. Whether it’s relaxing by the Red Sea, taking in the lush mountains in Aseer, traversing Riyadh’s rolling desert dunes or embarking in some outdoor activities in AlUla, female travelers have no shortage of fun experiences awaiting them. In October, AlUla hosts a Wellness Festival.


Hospitality, or hafawah, is one of the highest values to the Saudis. Synonymous with being generous, welcoming and caring, these values extend to hotels, restaurants and other tourist-related experiences.

Jeddah waterfront

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Cultural Transformation

Female empowerment drives the country’s cultural transformation. Women make up 45 percent of the Saudi tourism workforce, with Her Highness Princess Haifa Bint Mohammed Al Saud serving as Vice Minister of Tourism. Saudi Arabia’s holiday rental platform Gathern was founded by a Saudi female, and the country has a vibrant arts scene led by inspiring female artists. Through May 24, Riyadh’s Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale returns to JAX District with female Saudi artists like Safeya Binzagr and Dana Awartani participating in the exciting event.

Undiscovered Destination

With seven UNESCO World Heritage sites and a rich heritage and culture, solo female travelers can spend days exploring both past and present. Destinations like Jeddah, AlUla and the all-new Red Sea project are just some of the spots waiting to be explored. The Red Sea project recently opened to guests with the launch of several top-notch hotels like Six Senses Southern Dunes and The St. Regis Red Sea Resort.


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