SAUDIA flies you to Addis Ababa.
The European Council on Tourism and Trade gave Ethiopia the distinction of being the world's best tourist destination in 2015 in part because of its fantastic natural parks, its nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and its far-reaching archeological history. The UNESCO sites are: Aksum, the ruins of the ancient city from the 1st to the 13th CE, Fasil Ghebbi, the 16th to 17th century city, Harar Jugol, the sacred Muslim city from the 13th to 16th centuries, the Konso Cultural Landscape, with its stoned terraces and wooden statues, the Lower Valley of the Awash, where Lucy was discovered, the Lower Valley of the Omo, a prehistoric site famous for its human fossils, the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, from the 13th century, Tiya, an intriguing prehistoric archeological site with 36 monuments, and Simien National Park, with its impressive jagged mountains. Addis Ababa itself, besides being the nation’s capital city, is home to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. To gain a deeper sense of your setting, take a trip to the National Museum of Ethiopia. Its uncontested star is Lucy but there are other paleontological treasures on display including the disconcertingly large skeletons of extinct megafauna and intriguing Ethiopian artwork and crafts. If you like your megafauna pacing to and fro, Addis Ababa’s zoo is famous for its lions.
Travel from Riyadh to Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is famed for its prime offering of the best Ethiopian food and Ethiopia’s finest beverage, coffee. Be sure to enjoy at least one coffee ceremony to truly savor this local culture. Sip a cup while listening to another of the city’s treasures: its signature jazz. If you’re looking for Ethiopian spices or traditional ingredients, or coffee beans for that matter, and even if you’re just looking with nothing special in mind, you have to visit Merkato, sprawling over several kilometers and said by some to be the largest open air market in Africa. This market is unlike what you’re used to finding in stores and goods are often displayed seemingly haphazardly; look closer to see how the Merkato is organized into large sections of different categories of merchandise.