Mada'in Saleh, Al Ula

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#9 of 29 in Historic Sites in Saudi Arabia
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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  • July 15, 2017
    I spent my Eid holiday in exploring UNESCO World Heritage Site at Al Ula, the Madain Saleh. It was a very long road trip 7-8 hours but it was worth it when we reached the place. The ancient tombs were...  more »
  • June 27, 2017
    This is a must if u r in saudi or in business trip regardless where you are located; I drove 800km to visit the place and it was worthy. I come from jordan where we have Petra; in case u don't know wh...  more »
  • May 16, 2017
    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 »

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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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