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 .
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  • Congratulations to Saudi Tourism and the Madain Saleh Management they are making a real effort here. To enjoy this place to the full you need to base yourself in Al-Ula - direct flight available on Th...  more »
  • She was visiting friends with archaeological zone are protected and unlocked and there is a major gateway to register you need a car to move into and through Caverns vs rock you need for the type of services a few signs rather than give sufficient information on the effects and not to the presence at the gate must book Prerequisite is a bathroom but no places to drink water, juices and so on
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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.
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