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Dakkat Halawani: Royal observatory

دكة الحلواني: إطلالة ساحرة على مرتفعات الهدا

07 JUN 2021

Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani

Visitors to Taif never fail to pass up an opportunity to visit the Al-Hada area and enjoy a picnic at the historical summit of Dakkat Halawani, the highest point in the mountainous region with an altitude of approximately 2,500 meters. The location offers a beautiful panoramic view of Al-Hada and in some occasions the magnificent Clock Tower close to the Grand Mosque.

Outdoor destination

Dakkat Halawani enjoys a temperate climate with cool breezes, often attracting families looking for a pleasant experience and the opportunity to enjoy the sunset and panoramic views. It is a favorite destination for hikers, especially during the summer.

Historical value

Historically, Dakkat Halawani was one of the first royal resorts that hosted many important events, including a summit to discuss unifying Hejaz and Najd so it would become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

The site was visited by many princes and princesses, ministers, consuls, diplomatic and educational delegations and other famous personalities.

Observatory

Dakkat Halawani was one of the first areas where the crescent of Ramadan was monitored, when the Attorney General Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz was present in Taif. It then became an observatory to monitor the moon and announce Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and the start of Hajj.