How To Make A World Tour In Just One Hour (World Sights Park)

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 lie along the Eastern Ring Road at Exit 10, Nasir Al Raijhi, Al Mughriza–opposite the Philippines’ Star City counterpart here. It is very near to 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 friends 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 this fragment 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 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.)
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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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    What a park, so many sights. Up close and personal with the replicas of famous landmarks around the world. They look very convincing, and so brightly lit up at night. I bet it is a case of see no touch, and if you touched you will be chased out 😀 Also, it looked very quiet there – maybe, as you said, it was singles night and maybe the singles were tired from working in the day and so it was relatively peaceful there. That is certainly fascinating in Saudi that singles can only go into certain places at certain times. Would love to hear more about it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yes, Mabel. Singles are usually not allowed to enter public places actually because families are the ones who are frequently visiting. Being a single (literally and figuratively [i.e., married but not accompanied by the family or wife]) here is a bit stifling at times. You can’t just enter malls or public places in general when such are declared “for families”.

      By the way, you won’t be chased out if you touch the replicas. Visitors have all the liberty to touch it but not mar it.

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  2. Boots says:

    It’s really strange how they have family days and singles days in Saudi. In America that’s called discrimination. Lol!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      And they call it privilege here. Well, I’ve been here for almost four years now and might as well bear with it.


  3. danetigress says:

    Thanks for liking my blog ! Have a happy new year !

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The pleasure is mine, Dane! And a great 2016 to you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. danetigress says:

        Thanks for following I’ll follow you back as well and any social media you might have! I love travel blogs

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  4. aysabaw says:

    mabuti naman at may napapasyalan kayo diyan sa KSA na mga ganyan he he….I’m just wondering. nung marinig ko kasi na hinahamon ng KSA ang Dubai sa pataasan ng building, ano kaya ang reason nila? Gusto lang kaya nilang daigin ang Dubai, o kung gusto na din ba nilang i open ang Saudi for Tourism? Kasi para saan ang tallest building kung hindi pupuntahan? And kung ang main reason nila ay for Tourism purposes, paano kaya yun eh napaka strict nila?
    hay nako ang gulo :p


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Hindi ko nabasa yung artikulo patungkol sa paghamon ng Dubai sa KSA. Sa tingin ko, ang rason ay ang makilala bilang bansa na may napakalaking impluwensiya sa world market ng langis. Nagiging simbolo ang mga matataas na gusali sa bansa para rito. Ang sabi ng katutubo kong kasama sa trabaho, may religious basis daw ang pagtayo ng KSA ng skyscrapers. Dahil daw ito sa nalalapit na paghuhukom. Ayon sa kanya, babahain daw kasi uli.

      Slowly, ang KSA ay ginagawang public na ang main attractions nila. Hopefully, they will implement tourism to its full-scale level.

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      1. aysabaw says:

        Hahaha. sorry kung nakakamislead. wala namang article tungkol sa paghahamon ng KSA sa Dubai. usap-usapan lang ba dito ng mga tsismosang katulad ko.
        Hala totoo bang religious basis ang pagtatayo nila niyan? So more like Tore ng Babel ang peg? he he he


      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        Tsismosang nakakatuwa naman…ganon na nga, parang Tore ng Babel ang “peg”.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Chia says:

    Quite impressive and informative! 😀 Although this is the first time I learned about a park that distinguishes whether you are going as single or with family. And allows a single to enter only when it’s Tuesday. Is that a kind of tradition in Saudi or something? Am I just over thinking or I smell discrimination?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That’s one of the things that still puzzle me, Chia. But I respect Saudi Arabia’s laws. We’re visitors here and we are in the position to conform. Don’t worry you are reacting normally. That’s what I used to think too.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Chia says:

        Oh yes. I respect that. 🙂 I find it interesting though, so I might do some research about that policy.

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        We do. Filipinos are probably the most respectful people I know.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. vinneve says:

    Where in Saudi? good to know they have something like that to visit.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      It’a along the Eastern Ring Road at Exit 10, Nasir Al Raijhi, Al Mughriza, Riyadh City. The first of its kind in the kingdom, Vinneve.


      1. vinneve says:

        Thanks for the info. I haven’t been to Riyadh I thought it’s in Jeddah. It’s Vinneve not Vivenne 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        My apologies, Vinneve. I have just corrected your misspelled name. Your welcome by the way.


      3. vinneve says:

        No worries 🙂 hope you can check my post too so you know where I am haha! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Sony Fugaban says:

        I already did…and I now have an idea of where you have been to lately…

        Liked by 1 person

      5. vinneve says:

        Thanks Sony… will check your post from time to time hope you do the same 🙂 Good day!

        Liked by 1 person

      6. Sony Fugaban says:

        Consider it done, Vinneve! Thank you for that…


      7. vinneve says:

        Let me know if you happen to be in Abu Dhabi someday 🙂 I like meeting a fellow blogger! will bring my hubby because of the culture here.

        Liked by 1 person

      8. Sony Fugaban says:

        I will make a note of this, Vinneve.


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