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Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Salih)

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Considering Saudi Arabia lags behind in maintaining historical sights, this one was well maintained and labeled. If you're not a Saudi citizen, you should obtain a permission from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Considering Saudi Arabia lags behind in maintaining historical sights, this one was well maintained and labeled. If you're not a Saudi citizen, you should obtain a permission from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities. Fax them a letter from your sponsor with the precise date (Hijri) of your visit with the other regular details (Employment Certificate). They will return... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

If you have the chance to travel to Saudi, then Madain Salih, has to be on your list of places to go. Only open to tourism relatively recently, you have the place almost to your self, there are over 100 tombs and you are free to wonder, only the archeological sites are fenced off.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Seeing the history at this site was truly remarkable! It is a must see for anyone who loves ancient history.

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

We had a fantastic time here. Not the easiest place to get to and not very commercialised which after visiting the other Nabatean city of Petra was great. Hardly anyone there which allowed a very relaxed day and close access.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

600 Kms from Madinah Al Munawarah. For the sura of the Qur'an of the same name, see Al-Hijr. Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih) * UNESCO World Heritage Site A row of tombs from the al-Khuraymat group, Mada'in Saleh. Country Saudi Arabia Type Cultural Criteria ii, iii Reference 1293 Region ** Arab States Inscription history Inscription 2008 (32nd Session) * Name... More 

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Greater London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

We visited Madain Saleh last January, the ruins are in excellemnt condition and the whole surroundings - and having the huge site all to yourself - really gives you a feeling of being an explorer! The hotel in Al Ula can arrange everything for you from entry permit to guide. In fact a couple of months later we visited Petra... More 

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Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

I visited Madain Saleh ( other name Al-Hijr), located in the Al Madinah Region, Saudi Arabia. This site is related to the Nabatean tribe or kingdom of Petra, in Jordan. This site is also proclaimed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. I was working in Riyadh as expat, and we follow a group camping tour to Medinah by flight, then... More 

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Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2010

I took a group in October. We paid R190 per head per night for accommodation; the MS Hotel asked for SR100 to sort out the permit (which can be done free if you contact the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities); we drove from Ha'il, and the cost of vehicles was SR900 for 12 people; we didn't get a guide as... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

I visited in 2006 and had booked fo go in 2007 for my parents. Back the cost to visit for 2 nights was very reasonable. It appears that since Mada'in Saleh became a heritage site the costs have increase by almost 3 times for the same trip. In addition i understand that the standard of the hotels has dropped. If... More 

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