6 amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Saudi

Saudi is gifted with natural spaces, stunning coasts and vast deserts that are slowly gaining popularity amongst enthusiasts and tourists from around the world. But the iconic heritage sites that have been preserved over time make Saudi quite special. Here’s everything you should know about Saudi’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites.


1. Historical Jeddah

The heart of Jeddah is the historic old town, Al-Balad, where houses built from coral that are over 500-years-old can be found. The old town has been the subject of increased interest in recent years, and conservation has been carried out to preserve its unique history and architecture. According to local lore, Al-Balad may even be the resting place of Eve.


2. Hegra, AlUla

Hegra, which sits deep in the desert of Saudi Arabia’s north-western AlUla region, is home to the ancient tombs of the lost civilization of the Nabatean tribes who settled the area in the 1st century AD. Visitors view four surviving necropolis sites, which feature 131 rock-cut tombs and ornamental façades carved into sandstone outcrops.


3. At-Turaif, Dir'iyah

Diriyah is home to Al Turaif, the Al Saud families original seat, which was founded in the 15th century. The remnants of the mudbrick houses that were designed in the Najdi style architectural style and the history of the area dates back thousands of years. It was once a trading route, pilgrimage route, and meeting point for travelers and merchants from Europe, Asia, and Africa.


4. Al-Ahsa Oasis

Al Ahsa is the archetype of a lush desert oasis which has been declared by the Guinness World Records as the largest self-contained oasis in the world. From hot and cold springs to historic mosques and sweeping panoramic vistas, this 6,000-year-old oasis is a microcosm of Saudi Arabia’s archaeological and ecological features.


5. Rock Art in the Hail Region

Venture to the northern Hail region of Saudi, and you will find yourself surrounded by ancient rock art in the middle of the desert. Jabal Umm Sinman in Jubbah boasts rock inscriptions dating back at least 7,000 to 9,000 years to the Pottery Neolithic period. Home to some of the most prominent Neolithic rock art in the Middle East, various inscriptions and petroglyphs reveal human activities, clothing, animals, and weapons of the past.


6. Hima Cultural Area

Found in the mountainous southwest of Saudi Arabia is Hima, one of the largest rock art complexes in the world. Situated along an ancient trade route, Hima is comprised of 34 archaelogical sites that feature inscriptions in a range of languages such as Arabic, Greek, Thamudic, and Musnad which have been carved into the rock-face. The carvings, which depict hunting, fauna, and fauna, are a time-capsule that gives us an insight into the diverse cultures and peoples that have inhabited this area throughout history.

Embark on this expedition filled with authentic artifacts that make for an exciting tour that digs deeper into these phenomenal archetypes. We at Travel Tours recommend that you visit these historic sites on your next trip to Saudi.