It was during the first week of October this year when pictures of some of the most famous landmarks from fellow expats here in Saudi swamped my Facebook feed. I immediately got interested in knowing where did those reduced scale replicas of well-known landmarks are erected. It goes without saying my wandering feet was itching to get there too.
I was flabbergasted upon learning from a colleague that the place where those miniature models of world landmarks lie is just along the Eastern Ring Road at Exit 10, Nasir Al Raijhi, Al Mughriza–opposite the Philippines’ Star City counterpart here. It is very near our workplace. Since that was a Sunday, I was not able to go right then and there. Singles are only allowed to visit the place once a week (i.e., every Tuesday from 4:00 PM onward). The rest of the days are for the ever wonderful families.
I later decided to invite the pack to come with me to make the experience more fun and cheap. “Tuning” our schedules though entailed waiting for another week.
We finally checked the place last 13 October 2015 via a ten-minute drive from the office. It was still prayer time when we arrived so we made use of the opportunity to take group pictures and of the park’s inviting views from the outside for our real time updates on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
A few minutes later, we were called by the gatekeeper to go at the ticket booth. SAR 10 for an entrance fee is not something that would cut the wallet I must say.
The first attraction that greeted us was the ever imposing Eiffel Tower.
We did not want to miss getting intimate with its loftiness watching over the whole of the most romantic city in the world: Paris.
The Colosseo in Rome was already sending up a noisy outcry a few meters away as soon as we were done photographing the tower.
The power of imagination brought us all into that time when gladiators dominate the scene for a gory form of entertainment. That was what we were discussing while gandering at the theater.
Soon, we felt the Tower of Pisa already leaning on our shoulders. We let it be–simultaneous with glorifying this very uncommon structure with flashes of cameras.
Then the glimmering crescent and round moons up the respective minarets of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, in Turkey hypnotized us.
What transpired next was that the imaginary pendulum of the Big Ben at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London (England) lured our feet towards its Great Bell.
Before getting lulled by the ticking short hand of the clock tower, we walked towards the Pyramids of Egypt. A perfect diversion. From the feel of cityscapes to a once upon a time and unearthly kind of vibe–supposedly.
The progression of this one of a kind tour brought us to the dome of the most important and prominent Islamic architectural structure because it is the oldest Islamic building: Msaly Dome of the Rock.
It is interesting to note that this dome is located in the city of Jerusalem.
A more defined sanctity of Muslims is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is also located in the same city.
Following that is probing another illustrious mosque in the Muslim world: Faisal Mosque (standing right next to Saudi Arabia’s contiguous country, Pakistan).
The intriguing feature of the mosque is the absence of a dome, which is a primary feature of every Islamic mosque. The design was based on the form of a Bedouin tent.
We later shifted to catching an ephemeral sight of the land of the rising world power via the Great Wall of China.
We actually thought it is another Islamic architecture of some sort because it is really short for a “great wall”.
The signage in front of it confirms otherwise.
Then our optical organs were captured by an imposing skyscraper in Malaysia called The Petronas Towers.
It should be stressed out that this impressive architecture used to be the tallest building.
It was obliterated by Burj Khalifa of Dubai in 2010.
We wanted to refresh our history bailiwicks so our feet schlepped to the Archaeological and Historical City in Petra, Jordan.
The wind later pulled us to the fanning Netherland Windmills. I wonder if these are the Mills of Kinderdijk or the Windmills of Schiedam.
Nevertheless, they still look stunning.
Our last stop was at the national landmarks area, and some of them have been featured on this blog (“Colossal Wonders of Olaya” and “Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece“).
The Makkah Clock Tower (The Current Highest Clock Tower in the World)
The Madain Saleh (An Archaeological Site in the Northwest of Saudi Arabia and is also known as the Stone City in ancient times.)
The TV Tower (The Headquarters building of the Ministry of Information. It is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia.)
The Prophet’s Mosque (It is considered the second holy site in Islam [after the Grand Mosque in Makkah] and is built by the very Prophet, Muhammad, and is currently known as the chamber of Prophet Muhammad.)
What we are looking forward to now is the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah that will bury in the ground Burj Khalifa in 2019.
One good thing about World Sights Park is that it is designed to make movements from one landmark to another convenient. Add to that the provision of an accessible restroom for singles, a playground for children, a clean and grassy picnic area (for families), an educational entertainment, and, of course, a world tour for just an hour.
Our thumbs are up–pun intended–to the circular walkways linking the different parts of the park, which make raoming around easy, and the maintenance team for the upkeep of the place.
We were aware that there is a cafeteria/mini market inside but an hour of walking around the globe did not really drain us. We opted to have dinner at home instead.
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