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Mada'in Saleh, Al Ula

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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. Add Mada'in Saleh and other attractions to your Al Ula trip itinerary using our Al Ula vacation generator.
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  • I had an amazing time visiting these ancient tombs/ruins. It is very private with nobody hassling you or trying to sell you anything. There is tons of freedom to do what you want there. You can drive ...  more »
  • Its an excellent place to visit and is very well maintained. From Madina towards Tabuk some 300+ Km and well paved roads. As you as you reach near Al Ula, the beauty and awe of the place catch you att...  more »
  • Mada’in Saleh, known as al-Hijr, or Hegra, by the Nabataean people who carved its magnificent tombs into the golden sandstone outcrops. The delicate details on the entrance portals and the smooth surf...  more »