The annual Yanbu Flower Festival is here again but we were too late to visit the famed Spring festival in Saudi Arabia. We were there last weekend and to our dismay, I’d say that 30% of the flowers were wilting and/or already wilted. You can see it in the photos below this blog post.
The flower show was supposed to end last week but due to insistent public demand, the organizers extended it until April 17.
Visiting Time: It opens right after the 4:00 o’clock prayer in the afternoon and closes at 11:00 PM.
Free Admission: General admission is free but certain places inside are paid. The Butterfly Garden is the most expensive which you have to shell out SAR25.
The Fireworks: The show starts at 10:00 PM. So, be sure you’re around the carpet of flowers before it commences. Don’t stand so close to where the action is. Stand where I was for fantastic, beautiful shots – instagram-worthy! See some of my photos here.
World Records: Last year’s flower festival broke records. It was the world’s largest carpet of flowers/plants with an impressive area of 16,134 m/sq.
Festival Features: The showcase includes Butterfly Garden, Flower Hills, Bird Garden, Food Court, Entertainment Area, Flower Vendors, Festival Downtown, The Lake, Festival promenade, and my favorite – the Recycling Garden.
Yanbu is a medium-sized city on the western coast of Saudi Arabia. It has small domestic and international flights. If you decide to stay here for a night or two for a visitor to enjoy the Yanbu Flower Festival in March every year, there are a couple of decent hotels around. To name a few: Holiday Inn Yanbu, Novotel Yanbu, Radisson Blu Hotel, and iBis Yanbu.