Mada'in Saleh, Al Ula

A desert archaeological wonder, Mada'in Saleh has become Saudi Arabia's first World Heritage Site. The site served as the "second city" to the Nabatean people. Large boulder formations rise from the earth, featuring façades carved from the sandstone rocks. A total of 131 tombs were constructed and estimated to have been built around the first century CE. Inscriptions and drawings cover the tomb walls, which give modern visitors a better idea of who the Nabataean tribe really was. Be aware that a permit is needed for visiting the site, which hotels can typically arrange a week in advance. Make Mada'in Saleh a centerpiece of your Al Ula vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Al Ula trip builder .
Create an itinerary including Mada'in Saleh
map
Mada'in Saleh Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
115 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Its a amazing trip. I am from Jeddah and it was a 2 day trip. From Jeddah its around 700km and it took 7 hrs. with out stops. Amazing roads after Yanbu, specially with out radars. Try to travel day ti...  more »
  • This place should be on everyone's bucket list! It was huge and basically empty when we went during the week. If you can go during the week, do it!  more »
  • The Nabatean ruins of Mada’in Saleh are amazing. There are no big crowds. It is truly a personalized experience. Every tomb is so beautiful and well preserved. The whole site is simply breathtaking. I...  more »

Plan your trip to Al Ula

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Al Ula

Al Ula has only a couple of hotels (literally), standing adjacent to two separate oases filled with palm trees and with views of rock formations. Expect mid-range prices and a decent set of amenities, including--in one case--a swimming pool. You can also set up your tent at one of the campgrounds located close to the archeological sites, or opt for the camping and glamping villages, which range from basic to luxurious.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Al Ula by other users

22 days in Saudi Arabia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Saudi Arabia BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Al Ula, Jeddah & Medina BY A USER FROM BRAZIL January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 54 days in Saudi Arabia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Al Ula BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Saudi Arabia BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Al Ula BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Al Ula BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Al Ula BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA December, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 54 days in Saudi Arabia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Saudi Arabia BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Al Ula BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans