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Maqna: Home to the wells of Musa

مقنا وعيون موسى الطبيعة الساحرة والخلابة

08 JUL 2020


Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi

Since the ancient times, Tabuk has served as an important northern gateway for Saudi Arabia through which traders and pilgrim convoys passed through. The region is also an important agricultural area due to its fertile soil with beautiful farms and orchards. The picturesque coastline features many charming locations, including the city of Maqna.

A beautiful city

Maqna is a charming coastal city located on the Gulf of Aqaba that faces Egypt and the Sinai mountains. It is situated between Haql and Sheikh Hamid, 28 kilometers west of Al-Bida, the capital of the Madyan territory where the Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) spent 10 years in voluntary exile after fleeing from Egypt.

Maqna’s beautiful scenery and unspoiled nature are reflected by the wealth of marine wildlife and beautiful coral reefs. Visitors will be amazed by the enchanting nature, clear sea and rich coasts, golden sands and surrounding palm trees.

Archaeological sites  

As well as Maqna’s nature and rich history, visitors can see several archaeological sites. Many pottery pieces have been discovered south of the city at Al-Aweisha Mountain, considered one of the most important historical locations in Tabuk. The site dates back to the Nabataean and early Islamic eras.

Wells of Moses

Maqna is famous for the Bir Sa’idani well that witnessed an important part of the Prophet Musa’s (pbuh) life. Crystal clear water still gushes out of the ground in several places. The well is surrounded by beautiful palm trees from all sides and its water runs downhill towards a lush palm grove. 

As Bir Sa’idani is located on a hill one kilometer away from the Gulf of Aqaba and by a road linking Al-Bida to Maqna, the site offers a stunning view of the turquoise waters and mango farms. It still has not been exhausted and continues to spring from underground, where a natural force works to drive the water towards the surface.