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Places to visit in a five-day trip to Tabuk

رحلة لمدة 5 أيام في تبوك بين التاريخ العريق والآثار

05 APR 2020


Source: Fatima Sidiya

Tabuk is distinguished by its rich historical and archeological treasures, which make the city a prime location for tourists interested in culture and heritage, join Wafy’s five-day plan for an extraordinary trip in the region:

Start by booking a hotel that best suits your budget, our comprehensive list of restaurants in the region is also available here.

After arriving safely consider visiting Tayma a city with rich archeological sites that date back to about 90,000 years. The area has witnessed several ancient civilizations over time. It played a prominent role as an important trade center between Mesopotamia, the Levant and Egypt. In Tayma explore the following:

The Great Wall

This great wall surrounds Taima from three sides: west, south and east. It is more than 10 kilometers long and constructed from stones, bricks and mud; it varies in height from two to 10 meters and dates back to the sixth century BC.

Hadaj Well

The well was built during the era of Babylonian King Nabonidus and dates back to the first millennium BC. Hadaj Well is located in Taima and considered one of the most famous wells in Saudi Arabia.

Hamra Palace

Located on the northwestern side of Taima, Hamra Palace dates back to the fifth century BC. What is left of the palace are the ruins of a huge stone building where many Aramaic, Thamudic and Nabataean inscriptions and writings can be found. Visitors can also visit a temple and an obelisk with Aramaic calligraphy.

Other culture and heritage attractions in Tabuk

Shoaib Ruins

 This site is one of the most famous monuments in Tabuk region, located in the city of Bida and dating back to the Nabataean era. The area has been associated with Prophet Shoaib (peace be upon him) who was sent to Madian. The buildings are carved in the same style as those located in Madain Saleh, near Al-Ula.

Moses miracle location near the Red Sea

Mughir Shuaib’s Al-Taieb Ism Valley, located in Tabuk near the Al-Bida Governorate is believed to be where Moses’ (pbuh) miracle have taken place. At this place the prophet held his stick out and caused the Red Sea to split. 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.

Alqan Village

Alqan Village is arguably the biggest tourist attraction in Tabuk near Haql province, especially during the winter. It is called the “Snow City” and attracts visitors and tourists looking to set up camps and tents to enjoy the natural beauty and cold weather while playing in the snow. The village is characterized by the variety of its terrain that enhances the surrounding beauty and wonderful views. The village contains old heritage houses that were built on an elevated area using palm trees, stones and tree trunks.

Tabuk Castle

Dating back to 1559, this is considered one of the most important monuments in Tabuk. It was last renovated in 1992 and visitors can find the original ceramic tiles still present at the entrance. The castle is located on the pilgrimage road that connects the Levant and Madinah.

Al-Ozlam Castle

Al-Ozlam Castle is a fortress located 45 km south of the Duba province, in the Tabuk region of northern Saudi Arabia. Al-Ozlam Castle is one of the most famous tourist monuments in the "Red Sea Pearl" Duba, which is located on the western coast of the Red Sea. 

Al-Souq Castle

One of the ancient Ottoman forts located on the Egyptian pilgrimage route, Al-Souq Castle was built in 1859 and has now been completely restored to become the Wajh Museum. The castle is located on a hill over 50 meters high. It was constructed to protect the city from its enemies.

Georgios G ship and Catalina Plane

Georgios G is a 40-year-old Greek ship that got stranded near the city of Tabuk on the shores of Bir Al-Mashi in Haql, near the Jordanian border. The ship was a cargo carrier and built in 1949 in England three years after the end of World War II. The ship wreck is known as the “Saudi Titanic”. Another popular tourist attraction is the American plane wreck Catalina, which has been at the Ras Al-Sheikh Hameed area in Tabuk for 57 years.

Mountains in the region

Jabal Al-Louz

The name of this mountain is loosely translated as “Mount Almond” after the almond trees located towards the west of Tabuk city. It is considered a major tourist attraction, especially in winter when it is covered with snow. The area also has rock art that dates back to about 10,000 BC in addition to ancient and Islamic inscriptions.

Disa Mountains

These mountains are characterized by their distinctive shapes which have been shaped by water and air. They are made from sandstones that have formed a diverse selection of columns. The area is home to the Disa Valley with its many springs. Visitors can also find several Thamudic and Nabataean inscriptions.