Facts and Data
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Unesco World heritage since: 2008
Size of heritage: 1,621 ha
- Buffer zone: 1,659 ha
The Archaeological Site of Al-Hijr (Madâin Sâlih) is the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. It features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The site also features some 50 inscriptions of the pre-Nabataean period and some cave drawings. Al-Hijr bears a unique testimony to Nabataean civilization. With its 111 monumental tombs, 94 of which are decorated, and water wells, the site is an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.
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Medium airport - 24 mi (38 km) Al Wajh Domestic Airport
Medium airport - 100 mi (161 km) Tabuk Airport
Medium airport - 137 mi (220 km) Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport
Large airport - 189 mi (304 km) Hurghada International Airport
Large airport - 257 mi (415 km) Ovda International Airport
Large airport - 285 mi (459 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Ad Disah
- Al Hasa
- Al Husayniyah
- Al Husayniyah
- Al Jafr
- Al Mazar al Janubi
- Al Murayghah
- Ar Rishah
- Ash Shawbak
- At Tafilah
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.