Saudi sites to open up to tourists

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

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

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