Saudi Arabia

World’s Tallest Lighthouses

For centuries lighthouses have served as navigation aids, helping protect marine traffic from running aground on dangerous coastlines, rocks and reefs. As we’re ever-so-slightly fond of superlatives here at Google Sightseeing, we’ll take a tour of the tallest lighthouses around…

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Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Mystery Plane Outline

Here at the King Khaled Airport in Saudi Arabia, a little way away from the main terminal, there’s a mysterious and unexplained outline of a plane marked out on the desert sand. The shape is similar in size and dimensions…

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Monday, 10th September 2007

The World’s Largest Airport

Continuing this week’s semi-theme of very large things, we present the world’s largest airport near Dammam, Saudi Arabia! Although it’s nowhere near what I’d expect from such a grand title. Compare its tiny, empty terminal to the bustling Heathrow airport…

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Wednesday, 13th December 2006

Mecca

The mosque of Al-Masjid al-HÌ£arām in Mecca surrounds the Kaaba, the place where all Muslims are expected to visit once in their lives (the Hajj) and where they turn towards when praying. In this picture you can see masses of…

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Wednesday, 9th August 2006

Square Circle, Saudi Arabia

Here in Saudi Arabia, there’s a large square with a smaller circle inside it. Um… yeah, I really don’t know what this place is! It’s just outside of a small town, and the square is about 500 metres across, defined…

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Friday, 30th June 2006

Prophet Mosque

The absolutely huge Prophet Mosque in Medina makes the city the second holiest city of Islam, after Mecca. The mosque has the Shrine of the Prophet Muhammad in the middle, also known as the Dome of the Prophet, and ten…

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Saturday, 3rd September 2005

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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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