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The capital of the Tabuk Province in Saudi Arabia, Tabuk is located close to the Jordanian Border. The city has a long history and some of the remains are still visible in the area. Today the city is famous for its agricultural products especially flowers like lilies, gladiola and statices. It also has lot of significance in the Islamic History due to the "Tabuk expedition" which was led by the Prophet (Sallallahu-alaihi-wassallam).

 In the 14th century Ibn Batutta's travel took him through Tabuk on the way to Madinah from Damascus.Tabuk was an important stop in those days on the land route to perform Hajj, coming from the North. The Pilgrim caravans would stop here to fully prepare to cross the harsh desert at high speed.

Today travelers can see the old Tabuk Fortress in the city and the Hejaz Railway Station. The Hejaz Railway Station dates back to the Ottoman Empire and used to connect Al Madinah Al Munawarrah to Damascus.

Another interesting place to visit is Al Bidaa an archeological town with a splendid history. There are several caves carved in the mountains and some important archeological sites that can be visited. Some of these sites include Al Khuraibah, Al Muwailih, Rawwafa, Al Muzim and Taima. Travelers can see resting places, wells and fortresses at these sites.

There are a number of places to shop in Tabuk. Some of the places to shop include Prince Fahd bin Sultan Avenue, Al-Hokair Center, Spikes Complex, Tabuk City Center and the central region market. Of course the food is all Halal here.

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Saudi Arabia Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Riyadh

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Jeddah

GEOGRAPHY

Bordering the Persain Gulf and the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia is the largest country of Arabia. It covers about 80% of the Arabian Peninsula and it is the 13th largest country of the world.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 25.7 Million. Muslims account for about 97% of the population.

CLIMATE

Extremely high day-time temperature and sharp temperature drop at night is observed. Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with an average summer temperature between 45°C to 54°C. In winter the temperature rarely drops below 0°C.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic is the official language. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+3 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
General: 8 AM to 6 PM
(Saturday to Wednesday are the working days of the week. Thursday & Friday are considered as weekends)

HOLIDAYS

National Day: September 23rd
Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha

CURRENCY

Saudi Riyal

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 999
Medical: 997
Fire: 998
Accident Service: 993

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