Compact rural Sakaka is cut through by its main street that's hard to miss. The street is lined with shops and government offices; the authentic Al-Nusl Hotel is also located here. In the town's north, the ancient fort of Qasr Za'abel is perched atop a scenic cliff; east from here is Jabal Burnus rock with carvings dating back to the 6th century BC.
The ancient town of Dumat Al-Jandal breathes history, and is basically one large open-air archaeologic site. Its first mentions date back to as early as 10th century BC. Explore the remains of Al Dar'i Quarter, the ruins of Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque and the Mard Castle in Dumah.
The mysterious constellation of upright stones (whose origins remain unexplained to-date) at the Al-Rajajil archaeologic site are one of the region's most popular attractions. Some theories suggest the structures had been used for worship and/or keeping time, but visitors are still left to ponder their true designation.
The ancient fort of Za'abal isn't just an attraction in itself, but provides bird's eye views of Sakakah city spread out below. From here, travelers will be able to take in the cityscape dominated by low-rise buildings and palm trees, as well as the historic quarter of Al-Dhel’ below.
When it comes to dining in Sakakah, Pizza Hut is a safe bet. This world-wide chain serving multiple varieties of pizza is a family-friendly establishment that might not carry as much authentic flair as some of the other local eateries, but delivers consistently good Western-style mains and desserts.
This shopping street in Sakakah city is home to clusters of small stores and vendors' selling all manner of local crafts typical of the area, such as Sadu weaving products (made of wool), items of clothing, carpets, kitchen utensils and a variety of knick-knacks.
High quality gold and silver, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds - all precious stones and metals imaginable are carefully handled, polished and turned into exquisite wearables sold here, at the Al-Romaizan for Gold & Jewelery center in the heart of Sakakah.
The region's main airport is located on the road between Sakakah and Dumat Al-Jandal, at a distance of approximately 30km from the former. Regular connections are offered to Jeddah, Riyadh, Hail and a few other destinations in the Middle East. It is recommended to pre-arrange transfers; car hire is possible at the airport.
When strolling and exploring the province please make sure you wear the appropriate attire. Women should be covered from neck to ankle and in certain areas scarves are used to cover the face and head. Shorts and tank tops should not be worn outside of your accommodation by women. For men, loose clothing is recommended and shorts are prohibited. When visiting, please make sure you respect and abide by the laws and culture of the country.