They are called Lion Tombs carved in the rocky mountains. Don’t get it wrong – there are definitely no dead lions buried inside. The lions are literally carved on the side of one of the Al Khuraiba Tombs. These small tombs are walking distance from a discovered old kingdom called “Kingdom of Lihyan.” Unlike the Nabatean Tombs (Petra in Jordan), these resting places are not as impressive as the ones you can find in Madain Saleh, located a few kilometres from here.
We didn’t go up there because we were in a hurry to go back to our camp to pick up the rest of the group for a sunset viewing on top of the mountain.
Our guide didn’t explain why they’re carved there but he guessed that ancient people might have believed that these animals could protect their dead relatives in the afterlife.
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 in downtown.