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Before we plan our trip to Mada'in Saleh, my brother told me that we need a permission from the government to visit the site. I thought it is a complicated procedure BUT it wasn't; simply he faxed a copy of our ID to the hotel along with the rooms reservation request; done deal!!! The hotel arranged everything.
The trip started early morning from my city, Jeddah, where I come from, on the way I've enjoyed the view of some towns before we reach Al-Ula. It was a long drive, 800-km drive from Jeddah. We entered Mada'in Saleh city also known as Al-Hijr, 400 km north of the holy city of
Next morning I was ready to explore the area.
There I am, in the land of ancient Nabateans. It is a history of 500 years ago before the birth of Christ. Their kingdom stretched from the south of the holy city Madinah to
Another attraction is a huge palace "Qasr Albint" I practice mountain climbing on the top of the Qasr, it's a wower… there is also Qasr Al-Farid, the 13 square km complex which is full of odd-shaped hills.
Another history trace to see is what is left of a railway, called AlHijaz Railway around Al-Ula, used by pilgrims as their way to Holy city Mekka from
I encourage everyone to visit