I am a Scientist and Research Scholar. I happend to visit Tabuk, Saudi Arabia very frequently. And I have been visiting Tabuk for about 15 years.
Whenever I visited Tabuk, I stayed at Taubuk Sahara Hotel (old Name) now Makarim Tabuk Hotel, with my family and friends. I have a great and grand experience about this hotel. Makarim Tabuk Hotel is a splendid hotel in all respect and offers personalized services
First of all, the hotel is situated nearly about 2 km away from Tabuk Airport. Secondly, it is located in the heart of town. Thirdly it is just beside the international round about and its roads leading towards to Syria, Jordan and Turkey and an express highway which goes to Madina Al Munawwrah, a grand city of Saudi Arabia
The shape of the building is like a Swiss Style, a magnificent landscaping and a fountain infront of the hotel and car parking facilities for about 300 cars. There is a vast space and ground infront of the hotel and a vast space in the back side of hotel too with the lawn tennis court.
The services are so familiar which gestures a home away from home. I feel services which rendered to us are based on personalized services. I feell home in Makarim Tabuk Hotel.
Hotel's staff are multilinguist, they can speak all the languages of the world here. English, Arabic, Filippino (Tagalu), Sinhali, Nepali, Urdu, Hindi, and few staff speak French too.
The cuisine the marvellous, food are of a good taste, the room services are available round the clock. Whenever, we needed any thing from room service, the provided the services in the room regardless of time, either early in the morning at 3 am or 12 PM.
The room rate is very moderate, hotel has displayed a certificate which is issued by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in the Front Desk. Therefore the room tariff for Single Room or Double room is Sr. 467 per room per night which is complying with the SCTA PRICE.
Health club is a great, fitness center is marvellous, Sauna us fantastic.
Hotel rooms are elegant with a modern technologies and centrally controlled air condition and no sound of air condition. And air condition is available in public area.
All I have to say that I have a great and good experience with Makarim Tabuk Hotel.
All the best and I advise all my friends there is no hotel like Makarim Tabuk Hotel in the region.
Pakistani food matches Indian food. Pakistani hotels are very popular in Saudi Arabia. Generally people from the Middle East and South Asian region like Pakistan food. The food is typically more spicy than the middle eastern or western food but normally it is in acceptable range.
Share-Al-Aam (General Road/Grand Road) is the oldest area in the city and has the major market and most of the Pakistani, Indian and Bengali hotels are there.
Most popular hotels are Mehran Hotel, Al-Zehra Hotel, Shalimar Hotel, Lahore Hotel. The first one more suitable for Non PK locals.
You can not easily find taxis in Tabuk. Be prapered to Rent a Car. You can find cars in Airport. But Saudi or International Driver Licence needed to Rent a car. Cheapest option is Hyundai Accent Automatic transmission and AC is for 80 SAR daily witout insurance.
The souk in Tabuk is a great place to shop and the prices are great on just about anything you want to buy.
What to buy: Here in the souk you can buy just about anything you want, from fine jewelry to tents to fresh fruit and veggies.
What to pay: Remember to haggle for the best price but do not insult.. if you do a good job of haggling you will find that in the end the shop owner will even knock a little more off when you go to pay.
Are you going to work for a Saudi company? Be warned if you do work for a Saudi company you may not get as many vacations or have the freedom to move about like I had working for a Western company.
Make sure you get a multi exit/re-entry visa from the company and make sure that they do not hold on to your passport and it stays with you at all times. This way you are not a prisoner.
I enjoyed living in Tabuk as it was a small town and the people here were for the most part friendly and nice.
I did not have as many problems with heat here as I was in the pool or diving in the Red Sea most of the time.
Each week there was a new class to teach in the pool on the compound that I lived on and then the weekends we went to Duba for the open water portion of the class.
Fondest memory: All of the friends that were made there.