Mada’in Salih (Al-Hijr)

Mada’in Salih (Al-Hijr), photo by Sammy Six
Mada’in Salih (Al-Hijr) (photo by Sammy Six)
 

Mada’in Saleh is a large archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

It is a Nabataean city hewed out of rock in the same style as Jordan’s far more famous Petra. Facades bear a large number of decorative motifs, and the site includes a set of wells that demonstrate the Nabataeans’ mastery of hydraulic techniques for agricultural purposes.

Access to the site is fairly difficult, and many Muslims will not enter the area as a result of its pre-Islamic origins and symbolism.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Sahary Al Ola Camp

Sahary Al Ola Camp offers pet-friendly accommodation in Al Ula. Madain Saleh Tombs is 15 km from the property. All units feature a satellite flat-screen TV. A fridge and kettle are also offered. There is a private bathroom with a bath in each unit. Average score from 76 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$133

 
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Almubarak Hotel Suites

Featuring air conditioning, Almubarak Hotel Suites offers accommodation in Al Ula. Madain Saleh Tombs is 27 km from the property. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. All units include a flat-screen TV. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$67

 
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Al Ula Arac Hotel

The resort is located in a desert valley, filled with palm trees and surrounded by rock formations. It is 4 km from the city of Al-Ula and offers free Wi-Fi. Al Ula Arac Resort features air-conditioned rooms with carpeted floors and wooden... Average score from 194 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

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Madakhil Camp

Surrounded by mountains, Madakhil Camp is located on the natural, unspoiled site of Al-Hajar. The camp offers a restaurant and evening entertainment programme. The tents are decorated with simple Arabic motifs. Average score from 49 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$128

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Sahary Al Ola Camp

Sahary Al Ola Camp

Sahary Al Ola Camp offers pet-friendly accommodation in Al Ula. Madain Saleh Tombs is 15 km from the property. All units feature a satellite flat-screen TV. A fridge and kettle are also offered. There is a private bathroom with a bath in each unit. Average score from 76 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$133

 
$1338.4
Madakhil Camp

Madakhil Camp

Surrounded by mountains, Madakhil Camp is located on the natural, unspoiled site of Al-Hajar. The camp offers a restaurant and evening entertainment programme. The tents are decorated with simple Arabic motifs. Average score from 49 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$128

 
$1287.7
Almubarak Hotel Suites

Almubarak Hotel Suites

Featuring air conditioning, Almubarak Hotel Suites offers accommodation in Al Ula. Madain Saleh Tombs is 27 km from the property. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. All units include a flat-screen TV. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$67

 
$677.3
Al Ula Arac Hotel

Al Ula Arac Hotel

The resort is located in a desert valley, filled with palm trees and surrounded by rock formations. It is 4 km from the city of Al-Ula and offers free Wi-Fi. Al Ula Arac Resort features air-conditioned rooms with carpeted floors and wooden... Average score from 194 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$107 - $413

 
$1077.0

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Combination
Archeological Sites
Mada’in Saleh features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The site also features some 50 inscriptions of the pre-Nabataean period and some cave drawings. Al-Hijr bears a unique testimony to Nabataean civilization, with 111 monumental tombs, 94 of which are decorated, and water wells, which together are considered an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.
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