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A visit to the valley where the Red Sea parted

"ممر مضرب عصا موسى" أسماء عديدة لمعجزة واحدة

09 MAR 2020


Source: Alaa Al-Bahrani

One of the most well-known passages of Prophet Moses’ (peace be upon him) story was when he held his stick out at the Gulf of Aqaba and caused the Red Sea to split, allowing his people to cross. Wafy breaks down where this religiously important event occurred and what the region looks like today, taking you back in time thousands of years in the process.

Where did the parting of the sea happen?

Moses’ (pbuh) miracle is believed to have taken place in Mughir Shuaib’s Al-Taieb Valley, located in Tabuk near the Al-Bida Governorate. The region is a stunning plain surrounded by high mountains facing the Red Sea. It is also a fertile area suitable for agriculture; citrus and other fruit trees are commonplace as well as streams and rivers.

The area stretches from the mountain next to the sea and you can only enter by foot – cars are banned. Wooden bridges have been installed thanks to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, but the region still lacks many services and visitors need to obtain a permit from the Border Guards.

The history of Al-Taieb Valley

According to antiquities expert Muhammed Al-Sa’id, there is plenty of evidence suggesting that this region was indeed where Moses (pbuh) crossed the Red Sea. He points to key locations such as Jabal Al-Louz and the Caves of Shoaib, as well as the many inscriptions and stone monuments found in these areas. He argues that the region should be renamed to reflect the important miracle that happened so many years ago instead of Wadi Tayeb and for more research expeditions to be conducted.

NEOM project

Al-Taieb Valley is located in the site allocated for the NEOM project and characterized by its beautiful terrain, volcanic mountains, valleys, historical areas and picturesque nature. There are plans to develop the site and make it more accessible.