The Edge of the World, have you ever wondered what it would look like? Well, as it turns out, going on an Edge of the World Tour is one of the top things to do in Riyadh so when you visit Saudi Arabia and Riyadh, you can find out!
Riyadh is a huge sprawling city but it doesn’t take long to get out of the city, into the desert, and witness this Wonder of the World for yourself!
There are many companies that offer Edge of the World Tours, so in this Riyadh travel blog, here is how to book the best Edge of the World Riyadh Tour, my Edge of the World Tour Review and things like what to wear to the Edge of the World as I don’t recommend you wear an Abaya!
Edge of the World Tour
How to get to the Edge of the World
I took a group tour to the Edge of the World in Riyadh, also known as Jebel Fihrayn, and I’m really pleased I did.
Not only was it easy to do seeing as I was travelling around Saudi Arabia independently as a solo female traveller and couldn’t get there on my own because there is no public transport to the Edge of the World but I met lots of nice people both from Riyadh and other countries on the tour!
If you’re wondering how to visit the Edge of the World, you can self-drive to the Edge of the World Riyadh because the main viewpoint is on the map, just search for Edge of the World on Google Maps, it is a bit risky because the majority of the journey is off-road and you’ll need a 4×4! That’s why I suggest you visit on a group tour from Riyadh!
If you want to visit the Edge of the World independently by hiring a 4×4, check our car rental prices in Riyadh here!
- More of my Riyadh posts to help you plan your stay in Riyadh:
- What To Wear in Saudi Arabia As a Foreign Woman!
- How To Get a Sim Card in Riyadh Airport!
- 16 Things To Do in Riyadh as a Tourist, but like a Local!
- Riyadh Travel Guide For Tourists to Saudi Arabia!
Second Edge of the World Saudi Arabia
Now, you might start seeing tours going to the ‘second edge of the world in Riyadh’ or hear about this place from locals.
I believe access got closed to the ‘main’ edge of the world which meant tour companies needed to visit another place in the area and that’s how tours to the second edge of the world started.
From my understanding, you can still go on a tour to the ‘original’ edge of the world, but if you want to mix it up a bit you can also go on a Second Edge of the World tour like this!
Tours in Riyadh to book to help you see the area with a group and guide:
Edge of the World Tour With Riyadh Hiking
It depends on which company you book your Edge of the World tour from Riyadh with (I have given information on the different companies and options below), but you will meet at a meeting point in Riyadh, usually in North Riyadh as the Edge of the World is North of Riyadh, meet your group, get in the bus and head into the desert!
The first part of the journey follows the road leading out of Riyadh but before you know it you’ll be off-roading through the sand!
Riyadh Hiking who I went to the Edge of the World with includes a stop at a Heritage Village on the way to the Edge of the World which will really enhance your experience and offer you a unique look into the history of Saudi which you may not get unless you plan to visit anywhere else in Riyadh!
Once you arrive at the Edge of the World Riyadh you’ll walk for 10 minutes from the parking area to the Edge, this is where you will see the 1000ft drop down into what used to be an ocean bed!
You will then walk up and down some rocks along the edge until you see the famous iconic viewpoint, also known as ‘Shawarma Mountain’ because well, it does look like 2 Shawarmas! Something I ate way too much of in Riyadh!
I found on my tour that we could walk as far as we wanted, we were guided up and down to the main viewpoints so we stood on top of Shawarma Mountain and then we could walk further down the track and rocks.
I loved this and enjoyed the walk, but if you don’t want to walk far you don’t have to as all of us that walked further had to walk back to the original stopping point anyway. This makes the Edge of the World Tour a good thing to do for all ages and abilities.
If you are wanting to do an Edge of the World Tour with Children, I recommend doing one as like as the children can walk well on their own.
We got all of our Edge of the World photos and watched the sunset before heading back to the bus and then heading to the camp!
Edge of the World Tip: I’ll tell you now that there are no toilets from when you leave the meeting point in Riyadh until you get to the camp after sunset, so drink accordingly!
The Riyadh Hiking Camp is really nice with a tent for people to sit inside and a big outdoor area with seats and a fire. Shisha was on offer for an extra price and there were fairly lights and Arabic music, it really felt like being in the Arabian Desert, and we were, except we were also only 1 hour from the huge city of Riyadh!
We had a BBQ dinner, and afterwards, between chatting with new friends, we got to go down inside a cave which was nothing special but it was something different, fun and unexpected.
Riyadh Hiking had quad bikes to play on and of course, we could dance if we wanted to, this is also why I loved that there were so many Saudis and people from nearby Arab countries as they were dancing and singing and it gave a really cultural feeling to me as someone who was visiting Saudi from the UK and hadn’t witnessed this before.
My Edge of the World Riyadh Review
I really loved visiting the Edge of the World on a day trip from Riyadh. We saw a lot more than I thought we would, I met some really nice people from Saudi and other countries. Everyone who went with Riyadh Hiking was so friendly and it was a great introduction to what Saudi Arabia is like outside of the city and how people there enjoy themselves!
If you are visiting Saudi as a foreign traveller, especially as a solo traveller, I would recommend doing this first on your Riyadh itinerary as you will be able to get local travel tips from Saudi locals to help with your trip to Riyadh!
Related Post: Riyadh is best seen like a local, here are my local things to do in Riyadh!
Best Edge of the World Tours
When it comes to how to book a trip to the Edge of the World, there are a few companies you can book with. As mentioned, I went with Riyadh Hiking as I had been recommended them by a friend.
Note that most Group Tours to the Edge of the World run on weekends only right now (that’s Friday and Saturday in the Gulf), maybe when Saudi gets more international visitors in the future, this will change.
Also, keep in mind that the schedule for tours will change depending on the time of the year. The best time of year to visit Saudi Arabia and Riyadh is during the Winter, late Autumn and early Spring due to the hot weather in the Summer. Tours will run more frequently during Winter.
Lastly, keep in mind that if you can’t be flexible about when a group tour runs which means the cost will be less pp, you will have to book a private tour to the Edge of the World in Saudi, however, if there is a group of you already, a private tour like this will be beneficial!
I found that the best way to find Edge of the World tour companies is via Instagram, you can DM the companies on Instagram and find their websites on their profile.
Tours to Second Edge of the World:
- The Second Edge on Viator here – offering group and private tours
- Second Edge of the World Tour on Viator here – offering private tours
More Top Edge of the World Tour Companies:
1. Riyadh Hiking Edge of the World
Riyadh Hiking’s Website. Riyadh Hiking’s Instagram.
2. Hikemania Club Edge of the World
Hikemania Club Website. Hikemania Club Instagram.
3. Ghazi Tours Edge of the World
Ghazi Tours Website. Ghazi Tours Instagram.
4. Haya Tours Edge of the World
Haya Tour Website. Haya Tour Instagram.
5. Horizons tours Riyadh
Horizons Tours Website. Horizons Tours Instagram.
6. Private Tours to the Edge of the World Riyadh
Private Edge of the World Tour – Available all week.
Edge of the World Tour Price
Prices vary depending on the tour company and whether you go on a private tour or group tour.
Riyadh Hiking’s price for the Edge of the World is 250 – 300 SAR / £54.00 – £64.00 / $67.00 – $80.00USD / €60.00 – €73.00 per person depending on whether you pay by cash or by card in advance.
Private Tours bookable online here start at £80.00 pp. Some tours charge up to £300.00+ per person online for a private tour like this.
If you are travelling Saudi Arabia on a budget, go on the weekend and book directly with the company!
Related Post: Saudi isn’t the cheapest country, but here are on tips on how to travel Saudi on a budget!
What to Wear to the Edge of the World?
You should wear shoes that are good for walking up and down rocks. Trainers with a good grip are best.
For the best Edge of the World clothing, I would recommend jeans, tracksuit bottoms or gym pants. In Saudi Arabia I always wore an Abaya because it is the culture, however, I didn’t want to hike in an Abaya at the Edge of the World and hardly any women on my tour wore one either, including locals and Arab women, so I felt very comfortable without an Abaya.
Related Post: Here’s my guide to wearing an Abaya in Saudi Arabia as a foreign woman.
If you are visiting the Edge of the World in Winter, bring layers as it gets cold in Riyadh at night and even colder in the desert at night.
What to Pack for the Edge of the World?
Bring water with you for the start of the trip and snacks as you don’t eat until pretty late when the BBQ dinner is served.
If you want to SEE my trip to the Edge of the World, watch my YouTube video here!
I hope this post on the Edge of the World Tour has helped you decide to go!
- For more of my Saudi Arabia posts and posts from the region to plan your trip see:
- What to Wear in Saudi Arabia as a Foreign Female Tourist.
- 16 Things to do in Riyadh as a Tourist but like a Local!
- Visiting Madinah as a Non-Muslim.
- A Complete Tourists Guide to Old Jeddah / Al Balad Neighbourhood!
- How To Get a Sim Card in Riyadh Airport!
- ALL MY SAUDI ARABIA BLOG POSTS
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Tuesday 24th of August 2021
Hi Ellie - thanks for all your great articles, especially the one on what to wear in Saudi as a female tourist. My husband is going to be based in Duba up on the Red Sea for a while on a contract and I plan to join him for some of the time. Just wondered if your travels in Saudi had taken you to Duba and if you had any info to share. Thanks v much, Deborah
Tuesday 24th of August 2021
Hello Deborah, that’s great to hear and I’m glad my post on what to wear helped you! I don’t have any knowledge of Duba but I can imagine there will be quite a few expats around and therefore quite open as they are developing that area so much it seems! ?
Sunday 10th of January 2021
Hello thank you for these informations, they helped me a lot to organize a perfect trip to riyadh!
Tuesday 12th of January 2021
Good to hear!