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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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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.
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  • I have been trying to get into KSA for a while now and the main reason was this site. It did not disappoint. If you have been to Petra in Jordan it will all seem somewhat familiar yet a bit different....  more »
  • go see this when you are "close" , meaning wthin one day driving, or fly there, it's worth the effort  more »
  • This park is a hidden gem. It is an extension of the Nabatean civilization; people that built Petra in Jordan. The site is untouched and secure. There are no waiting in line or lots of tourists. I hig...  more »