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The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula

In Biblical Times, Al Ula was called as Dedan. It is mentioned in Isaiah 21:13 as a home trade base of Arab caravans. Today, the old town of Al Ula is a ghost town. No one lives there anymore but there’s a new town that is settled not far from the old.

When you think of old towns as a tourist attractions, you’d think of them as fully-renovated places restored for commercial purposes.
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

But these mud brick houses of the Old Town of Al Ula are untouched.
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

In fact, the houses are decaying and collapsing.
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The only ones restored here are the fortifications and some of the steps leading to the tower.
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

There is no entrance fee and anyone can go in and out. There’s no one even watching here.
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

There are more than 800 old town houses but only the ones inside the Al Ula Castle is being “taken cared of.”
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The houses are attached to one another. 
View of Al Ula from the Ancient Tower.

View of Al Ula from the Ancient Tower.

There are two storeys. The first floor was used to receive people and as a storage. The second floor (which s totally destroyed by time) was used as the main living room.
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The tower has the most picturesque view the town. 
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The green palm trees surrounded by the sandstone formations of mountains are stunning. 
The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The view of the dilapidated mud brick houses and the modern houses at a far distance are very contrasting.     
Panoramic view of the old and new Al Ula from the Ancient Tower.

Panoramic view of the old and new Al Ula from the Ancient Tower.

A walk inside is literally a walk to the past. 

Inside the Al Ula's Old Town.

The last inhabitant who left here was 33 years ago.
Al Ula Old Town

Al Ula’s Ols Town.

This is the ancient Masjid Al-Izam (Mosque of the Bones) in the middle of the old town.
The Mosque of the Bones (Masjid Al-Izam) at Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.

The Mosque of the Bones (Masjid Al-Izam) at Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.

It is believed that Prophet Mohammed prayed here and designated the mihrab using a bone. 
The Mosque of the Bones (Masjid Al-Izam) at Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.

The Mosque of the Bones (Masjid Al-Izam) at Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.

Going to Al Ula? You should go camping – an experience you won’t forget. If not, you can always stay at Al Ula Arac Hotel.

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