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The magic of Qanouna Valley

وادي قنونا يرسم لوحة فنية طبيعية غرب المملكة

25 DEC 2019


Source: Khuloud Al-Saleh

For hundreds of years, the Kingdom’s valleys have been likened to the most beautiful nature paintings due to their lush greenery and towering mountains, attracting visitors from all over the country and beyond. 

Qanouna Valley, located in the Al-Qunfudah governorate near Makkah, is one of the largest valleys in the Kingdom. It is 108 kilometers long and originates from the Baljurashi Mountains before passing through Al-Ardiyyat and Sabbat Al-Jarra, check Qanouna Twitter account here

Qanouna attracts visitors and tourists from around the Kingdom due to its abundant pure water, orchards and various crops that are grown in the area such as palm trees, wheat, millet and sesame. The valley is also distinguished by its rock formations and coastal location.

Visitors are attracted to the area’s mild climate, while historians believe the ancient Arabs established a famous historical market on the banks called Habasha or Uhud. It is also believed that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to trade at this market for his wife Khadijah before he started his holy mission to spread Islam.

The valleys scattered in the south of the Kingdom are important tourist destinations due to their large shaded areas, and recreational and camping sites between green lakes and running water. Many families enjoy visiting these valleys as they can enjoy some downtime in a breathtaking natural setting.

There are many other valleys in Makkah such as Wadi Nakhla, distinguished by its two northern and southern streams and which was inhabited by well-known Arab tribes such as the Huthail and Bani Saad. Another notable valley is Wadi Mahsr, situated between Mina and Muzdalifah.