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Saudi Arabia in Fall: What to Wear

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Got a fall trip planned to Saudi Arabia? Saudi Arabia can be fun to visit in the fall, but you'll want to make sure you're dressed right. The weather is hot and dry, with temperatures averaging around 93°F (that's 34°C). So what should you wear so you can stay comfy and fit in with the local vibe?

To stay cool in the heat, it's important to wear light and airy clothing. Cotton, linen, and technical fabrics are all good choices. And don't forget to pack a pair of sandals or lightweight sneakers. With a comfortable pair of shoes, you'll be able to explore everything Saudi Arabia has to offer without foot fatigue.

In just a second, I'll share my specific recommendations for exactly what to wear in Saudi Arabia in fall—whether you're visiting the Great Mosque of Mecca, hiking in Asir National Park, taking a cable car up Jabal an-Nur, or visiting the ancient city of Mada'in Saleh.

What to wear for a fall trip to Saudi Arabia

What should women wear in Saudi Arabia in fall?

Saudi Arabia in fall is generally hot, and there are a few key items you'll want to pack. Here's what I definitely wouldn't go without: loose-fitting clothing, long-sleeved shirts, comfortable flats or loafers, lightweight pants, and maxi dresses. With these essentials, you’ll be all set to experience everything Saudi Arabia has to offer. Keep in mind that Saudi Arabia is culturally conservative, so it's important to dress modestly too.

Loose-fitting clothing

When packing for Saudi Arabia in fall, it's important to choose clothing that will keep you cool and comfortable. Loose-fitting clothes are ideal, as they allow air to circulate around your body and help to regulate your temperature. Look for lightweight fabrics such as cotton or linen, which will help you to stay cool even in the hottest weather. When choosing colors, stick to light shades which will reflect rather than absorb heat. And don't forget to pack a few items that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. With a little planning, you can ensure that you'll be comfortable and stylish no matter what the weather is like on your trip.

Why not treat yourself before you go:

Long-sleeved shirts

Long-sleeved shirts are an essential part of any travel wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down, and they offer sun protection on bright days. When choosing a long-sleeved shirt for Saudi Arabia, it's important to look for one that is comfortable and breathable. A lightweight cotton shirt is a good option, as it will keep you cool in warm weather and can be layered under a sweater or jacket when the temperature drops. It's also a good idea to choose a shirt in a neutral color that can be easily paired with other items in your suitcase.

Why not treat yourself before you go:

Comfortable flats or loafers

Packing the right shoes for Saudi Arabia can make the difference between a comfortable trip and a difficult one. While there are many factors to consider when packing your shoes, comfort is always the most important. Flats or loafers are a great option for travel, as they can be easily slipped on and off at security checkpoints and are generally super comfortable to walk in.

Why not treat yourself before you go:

Lightweight pants

If you're planning a trip to Saudi Arabia that involves any sort of physical activity—hiking, climbing, biking, etc.—you'll want to pack a pair or two of lightweight pants. They're much more comfortable than jeans or khakis when you're sweating, and they'll dry much faster if you get caught in a rain shower. You can also roll them up and stuff them into your backpack or suitcase without taking up too much space.

These would be perfect:

Maxi dresses

A maxi dress is the perfect Saudi Arabia staple. It's comfortable, flattering, and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Whether you're exploring or just relaxing, a maxi dress will keep you cool and stylish all day long. It's also a great way to cover up for modesty if you need to (simply add a long-sleeved cardigan over the top). And packing a maxi dress is a breeze—simply roll it up and tuck it into your suitcase. When choosing a maxi dress, look for one made from lightweight fabric such as linen or cotton. Avoid bold prints and opt for simple colors that can be easily accessorized.

These would be perfect:

What should men wear in Saudi Arabia in fall?

For guys, here's the list of essentials I recommend you start with: linen trousers, sneakers or loafers, long-sleeved shirts, sandals, and loose-fitting clothing. With these in your suitcase, I guarantee you will enjoy your trip to Saudi Arabia in comfort and style. While you won't need to be quite so covered as the ladies, it's still a good idea to respect cultural norms and not wear anything that would draw too much attention.

Linen trousers

Linen trousers might just be the perfect staple for a warm-weather vacation. You already know they are made from a light, breathable fabric. Plus, they can be paired with a variety of tops to create both casual and dressy looks. When choosing linen trousers, it's important to look for a pair that fits well and complements your overall look. This will help you feel your best when exploring Saudi Arabia (and taking all those vacation photos).

Here are a few of my top picks:

Sneakers or loafers

Sneakers or loafers are essential for visiting Saudi Arabia. They're comfortable, versatile, and easy to pack. And, when you're on your feet all day, they can help prevent aches and pains. But how do you know which sneakers or loafers to pack? If you'll be doing a lot of walking, opt for a sneaker with good arch support and cushioning. And don't forget style! Sneakers and loafers come in countless colors and designs, so pick something that goes with the rest of your outfits.

I found these which would all work great:

Long-sleeved shirts

Long-sleeved shirts are an essential part of any travel wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down, and they offer sun protection on bright days. When choosing a long-sleeved shirt for Saudi Arabia, it's important to look for one that is comfortable and breathable. A lightweight cotton shirt is a good option, as it will keep you cool in warm weather and can be layered under a sweater or jacket when the temperature drops. It's also a good idea to choose a shirt in a neutral color that can be easily paired with other items in your suitcase.

These would be perfect:

Sandals

While many people think of sandals as nothing more than summertime shoes, they can actually be a versatile and practical option for year-round travel to warmer destinations. For one thing, they're comfortable and easy to wear, which is ideal for exploring Saudi Arabia. They also offer good ventilation, which is important in hot weather. Just bear in mind that sandals should provide good support for your feet and ankles, which you need to help to prevent injuries.

Need some inspiration? Start here:

Loose-fitting clothing

When packing for Saudi Arabia in fall, it's important to choose clothing that will keep you cool and comfortable. Loose-fitting clothes are ideal, as they allow air to circulate around your body and help to regulate your temperature. Look for lightweight fabrics such as cotton or linen, which will help you to stay cool even in the hottest weather. When choosing colors, stick to light shades which will reflect rather than absorb heat. And don't forget to pack a few items that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. With a little planning, you can ensure that you'll be comfortable and stylish no matter what the weather is like on your trip.

If you're stuck for ideas, here are some of my favorites:

FAQs

Is fall a good time to go to Saudi Arabia?

The weather in Saudi Arabia is still warm in the fall. There is really no bad time to visit in terms of weather.

How do people typically dress in Saudi Arabia in fall?

The climate in Saudi Arabia is warm and dry, so people typically dress in light, loose-fitting clothing. Many women wear a black abaya (a loose-fitting, full-length cloak) and a headscarf. Men usually wear a white thobe (a loose-fitting, ankle-length tunic) and a headscarf.

What should you NOT wear in Saudi Arabia in fall?

Saudi Arabia is culturally conservative, so you'll want to dress modestly to stay respectful. This generally means you should avoid wearing anything too revealing, at least outside of tourist resorts. And as Saudi Arabia is a majority Muslim country, women should be prepared to cover their heads when necessary. As a general rule, take your cue from the locals: if people around you are mostly covered, you should cover up too.

I hope these recommendations for what to wear in Saudi Arabia will help make your fall visit unforgettable. Now that you have a better idea of what clothing to take, it's time to pack your suitcase—and then go ahead and enjoy everything Saudi Arabia has to offer!