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Photos: Al Diwan at Madain Saleh

I’m supposed to post these photos of Al Diwan at Madain Saleh long time ago but I got so busy at work. And I also had to do some research on my trip to Bahrain and UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain). Now, that I’m back, I just realized that there are still two posts I have to do from our camping trip at Madain Saleh.

So, anyway, don’t skip the Al Diwan (court / meeting place) when visiting the huge Madain Saleh. Yes, I know, it’s just a big hole that’s carved out of the sandstone, but there’s really more to it than that impressive entrance.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

The Nabatean rulers held court orders and meeting here.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Right beside the Al Diwan, there’s a Siq (canyon) that leads up to other important historical marks sites around the area.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

And yes, it leads to more tombs.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

There are also a number of sacrificial altars here where animals were killed as offerings to appease deities.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

They’re tiny altars but impressively built / carved on rocks.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

You’ll find ancient Nabatean writings, too.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

As you continue your trek up the solid mountainous rocks, the views begin to change.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Rocks have turned into massive sculptures through time and weathering.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

They look like sleeping giants.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

The canyons are deep and one false step will reward you death.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

But once you’re up there on top of the rocks, the breathtaking view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is something you’d never thought about seeing in Saudi Arabia.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

The Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Sit back and drink in the views.

Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Diwan at Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia.

WHERE TO STAY IN AL-ULA or MADAIN SALEH

You should go camping – an experience you won’t forget. We stayed both in Sahary Al Ola Camp and Madakhil Camp. If one is full, we choose the other. 🙂 If camping in the desert is not your thing, you can always stay at Al Ula Arac Hotel.

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