Al-Lawz’s hidden history underneath the snow
"جبل اللوز" تاريخ يستَتِر خلف الثُّلوج
25 JAN 2020
Source: Alaa Al-Bahrani
Al-Lawz Mountain is famous for the beauty of its snowy peaks that attract researchers and hikers alike. It is also one of the highest peaks in the Kingdom and part of the Sarawat mountain range, rising about 2,600 meters above sea level. Not only does it carry historical importance due to the discovery of many rock inscriptions on its surface dating back around 10,000 years, it is also closely associated with the journey of the Prophet Musa (peace be upon him). There are many herbs in its valley used for aromatherapy and alternative treatments.
Al-Lawz is located in the Kingdom’s northwest in the city of Tabuk, near the Jordanian border. The Sarawat Mountains is one of the highest mountain ranges in the region that runs from West Tabuk to Wadi Rum in Jordan. Al-Lawz contains many valleys that appear on its southern and western sides. It is the only mountain in the Kingdom covered with snow during the winter season, making it a prime destination for visitors and tourists who enjoy skiing and playing in the snow. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage recently named Al-Lawz as one of the most important tourist destinations in the Kingdom.
There are different theories behind the mountain’s name. Some believe that it is due to the almond trees scattered on the sides near the so-called Almond Valley and Almond Village. Others believe that the name refers to the English word “laws” because the Ten Commandments were revealed to Musa (peace be upon him) while he was at the top of the mountain. However, this story has not been proven yet.
Al-Lawz Mountain carries religious and historical significance due to its great affiliation with Musa (peace be upon him). In addition, the province of Al-Bada or Mughir Shuaib is located near Al-Lawz Mountain, where Musa (peace be upon him) met Shuaib and married his daughter. There is also the well from which Musa (peace be upon him) and the two daughters of Shuaib drew water.
Rock inscriptions of cows and buffalo drawings are spread down the mountain, dating back more than 10,000 years. Historians believe that the drawings indicate calf worship during the era of Musa (peace be upon him). There is also Wadi Musa, which also contains many rock paintings and inscriptions – it was given its name by the Bedouins. Many sites of Al-Lawz Mountain still have historical and archaeological secrets that have not been studied yet. Today, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage is interested in opening up the area to archaeologists to conduct studies and research. The commission is also working on developing it into a tourist attraction for visitors.