Al Farid – Alone But Beautiful
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 indeed has an exciting 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 also carved this one out. Petra is a few hours north of 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 can find.
Perhaps it is Madain Saleh’s most famous sight to visit–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 looks like a lonely rock in a massive desert realm.
Nearby, you’ll see Athleb Mountain that looks like towering skyscrapers in the desert.
HOTEL IN AL-ULA
Do you want to enjoy swimming in a pool while glamping in the middle of a desert? Habitas Al-Ula will surely wow you! Or do you want to stay in a caravan with 5-star amenities and service? The staff at Caravan by Habitas are waiting for your presence. For more great accommodations at Al Ula, you can find them here.
Things to do in Al Ula
There are a few things you can do in Al Ula. You can visit Madain Saleh, The Elephant Rock, the canyon, or go mountain climbing. Or, if you just want to chill, you can always sit around a campfire and drink tea while enjoying your shisha. And don’t forget to marvel at the shimmering beauty of the Maraya Concert Hall – dubbed as the largest mirrored building in the world by the Guinness World of Records.