The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia occupies over 80% of the Arabian Peninsula in south-western Asia and covers an area over 2 million sq. kms. Backing the Red Sea coastal plain is a range of mountains which constitute the only area with reliable rainfall. The high central desert plateau merges with two of the world's largest desert regions in the north and south. Salt flats dominate in the east. Oil is abundant on the plain of the Arabian Gulf. Over 90% of the land is desert.

The climate is hot and dry rising to 51°C in the interior. Night frosts are common in the north and the highlands. Along the Red Sea coast the climate is hot and humid. Annual temperatures vary between 21°C in January and 33°C in July.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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