A Short Trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (January 2008):

Old Jeddah, Al Ula, and Medain Saleh 

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In January 2008, I did a business trip to Saudi Arabia. This gave me the opportunity to visit Jeddah and Medain Saleh. The following are photos of the old town of Jeddah, the oasis of Al Ula (a few kilometers south of Medain Saleh), and MedainSaleh.

 

Like Petra in Jordan, Medain Saleh is a Nabatean city built about 2000 years ago. It is located 400 km north of Medina and over 300 km south of Petra. It contains more than one hundred tombs carved into sandstone rock and spread over several kilometers. The tomb facades display decorations elements with Egyptian, Greek, and Roman influences. The site is surrounded by stunning sandstone walls and formations.

 

To reach Medain Saleh I flew from Jeddah to Medina. From Medina I took a car to Medain Saleh. I was very fortunate to visit this site without being part of an organized group. Amazingly, there was nobody else on the site. I had it all for myself.

 

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Houses in old Jeddah.

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Market scenes in old Jeddah.

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Along the road between Medina and Al Ula.

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Oasis of Al Ula.

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Rock formations around Al Ula and Medain Saleh.

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Some tomb clusters in Medain Saleh:

 

- Qasr Al Sani.

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- Al Khuraymat.

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- Qasr Al Bint.

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- Qasr Al Farid.

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