Saudi sites to open up to tourists
The Saudi kingdom is preparing to issue tourist visas for the first time and allow visitors to see towns such as Al-Ula, part of an area rich in archaeological remains.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signed landmark agreements in Paris during a visit in April, including ones for the touristic and cultural development of the north-western site, once a crossroads of ancient civilisations. The ancient site of Mada’in Saleh, located in the Al-Ula area, has over 100 Nabatean tombs carved into the cliffs in the middle of the desert. The site was the southern-most of the Nabatean Kingdom (dating 1st century CE) and its largest settlement after Petra.
A British team of archaeologists have been surveying the region since March and estimates that there are between 6,000 - 10,000 archaeological sites waiting to be explored.
Qasr al Farid, the biggest tomb in archaeological site Mada’in Saleh