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HIJAZ


RAILWAY SOUTH Running from Al Ula to Madinah, this picturesque railway line has stations every 30 km against breath-taking mountainous backdrops. Along the way, pas- sengers will also see the Husn Marab castle, Khaybar dam and several railway trailer wreckages.


Train enthusiasts Two to 50


Will require full day to explore the whole track


Arrange lunch at one of the stations


THE OLD CITY Stone brought from the nearby archaeological site, Al Khuraiba, was used to build the enclave. Altars, blocks and lihyanite inscribed stones can still be viewed among the houses throughout the site. An outer enclosure wall protecting the city from attack has been established by lining houses up side by side.


Part of full-day city tour Two to 50


Open Saturday through Thursday 10am to 3pm Take a tour guide


MUSEUM OF


ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY The museum is home to wonder- ful displays from local geology and pilgrim routes throughout the area. It also offers a good introduction to Nabatean society. Visitors will find the museum in Sikhairat in Al-Ula.


Part of full-day city tour Two to 50


Open Saturday through Thursday 10am to 3pm Take a tour guide


AL MABIYAT


This archaeological site dates back to the Umayyad and Abba- sid periods. Excavations carried out between 1948 and 1985 unearthed buildings within what is thought to be a large Islamic city. Mud and firebricks were used to build the houses within the discovery. The site is located near Mugheira village, 15 km south of Al Ula.


Part of full-day city tour Two to 50


Best visited in the morning before the mid-day heat Take a tour guide


AL KHURAIBA Al Khuraiba is somewhat of a treasure trove, with altars, incense burners and statues containing Lihyanite inscrip- tions found in the area. Today, visitors will find several tombs and a circular basin carved in sandstone rock that is thought to be from a Lihyanite temple. Perhaps the best known tomb, Al Usud, has two lions carved into one of its sides.


Part of full-day city tour Two to 50


Best visited in the morning Take a tour guide


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