The Al Farid / Al Fareed is a monolith away from the other rocks at Madain Saleh, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia. How it ended up alone and far from the other massive sandstones may not be a mystery but it surely has an interesting story to tell – if it could speak!
And yes, it looks like the amazing Petra in Jordan – that’s because the same people who built that are the ones who carved this one out, too. Petra is a few hours north from Madian Saleh.
Al Fareed is alone but she’s beautiful to gaze at without blinking.
It is an unfinished tomb / living quarter but impressive nonetheless. Go around the massive stone and see what else you could find.
It is, perhaps, Madain Saleh’s most famous sight to visit–and therefore, you should never skip it!
And of course, it is the most photographed of all sites in this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, too.
Go away from its base and you’ll admire its beauty from a bit afar. It really looks like a lonely rock in a massive desert realm.
Nearby, you’ll see Athleb Mountain that looks like towering skyscrapers in the desert.
You should go camping – an experience you won’t forget. We stayed both in Sahary Al Ola Camp and Madakhil Camp. If one is full, we choose the other. If camping in the desert is not your thing, you can always stay at Al Ula Arac Hotel downtown where you will find other things to do.