Taif, Saudi Arabia, located 124 mi/200 km east of Jeddah and 65 mi/105 km east of Mecca, is a summertime destination for those who wants to escape the Riyadh heat. The government-in-exile of Kuwait was located there during the Iraqi occupation of its country in 1990-91.

Also called the City of Roses because of the fragrance that permeates the city from nearby rose farms, Taif is an impressive, tree-filled place with a good market. Other area attractions include the Taif historical wall, Okaz Souk and the Shubra Palace, which was the former summer home of the king. Plan on spending half a day to see Taif properly.

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