World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia

Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Salih)

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.

At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah

(24.734 N 46.572 E)

Founded in the 15th century, this was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty. It shows the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the center of the Arabian peninsula. The property includes the remains of many palaces and an urban ensemble built on the edge of the ad-Dir'iyah oasis.

Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah

(21.484 N 39.188 E)

On the eastern shore of the Red Sea, it was the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea and a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes from the 7th century AD.

Rock Art in the Hail Region

(28.011 N 40.913 E)

Two components situated in desert landscapes: Jabel Umm Sinman at Jubbah and the Jabal al-Manjor and Raat at Shuwaymis. The rock art shows numerous representations of human and animal figures covering 10,000 years of history.

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Last Updated: August 16, 2015