Ar Rub’ Al Khali – The Empty Quarter
Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, Thesiger, Thomas, and St. John Philby in the Great South Desert of Arabia.
Traveling with Masawife in the Empty Quarter with both a Saudi and Bedouin team makes for an experience that can rarely be found in the modern world we inhabit today.
Mada’in Saleh – Unesco World Heritage Site
Sister city to Petra in Jordan, the Nabatean city of Mada’in Saleh controlled camel caravans on their journeys north by imposing taxes on those who passed through their territory. The Romans destroyed the Nabatean Kingdom in 106 AD.
Elephant Rock – near Mada’in Saleh
Eroded by wind and rain, this sandstone formation resembling an Elephant, is a single monolith standing alone on the desert floor close to the nearby Hijaz Railway of T. E. Lawrence fame.
Old Al Ula – capital of Dedan
Situated in a valley of 2 million palm trees, located on the camel caravan route from South Arabia, old Al Ula played a major role in commerce. The city was built from the stones taken from the Kingdoms of Dedan and Lihyan.
Lihyanite (Lion) Tombs – Kingdom of Dedan
An ancient North Arabian Kingdom dating to the 6th and 4th BC. Dedan was the capital which is today’s Al Ula. The Lihyanites later became the enemies of the Nabateans. Among the Minean tombs are the famous Lion tombs.
Edge of the World – “Rock Framed Window”
Endless views depicting what looks like the Edge of the World. The acacia valley below with its huge trees and prolific birdlife is a spectacle to see after rains when butterfllies and wildflowers abound. A day trip with a picnic or barbecue and sunset views is a must.
Fort Masmak – Historical Riyadh
Fort Masmak played a major role in the foundation of the country when in 1902, Ibn Saud, who was in exile in Kuwait, successfully stormed the fort and took control from the Al Rasheeds of Hail. This was the beginning of King Abdulaziz’s legacy and today the fort is part of the King Abdulaziz’s Historical Centre.
With its four watch towers, a well, prayer room, majalis and an array of historical photographs, clothing, jewelry, jambiyas and dallahs, this is a must see site in the company of our guide who brings the history of the founding of the Kingdom alive.
Our Historical tours in Riyadh encompass, Souq Al Azal also known as D’Ira where all manner of Saudi antiques can be found along with Middle Eastern rugs, camel saddles, swords, jambiyas, dallahs and incense. We also visit the gold and silver market and Justice Square which is close to Fort Masmak. Additionally, the renowned National Museum is featured in our programs and D’Iriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is the former capital of the House of Saud and Souq Bouragee.
Other weekend tours include trips to Abha and Rijal Alma in the Asir, Ushaigar in the North and Mada’in Saleh in Al Ula to the west.
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