What a spectacular trip

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and his son HH Sheikh Hamdan, spent the weekend in Mada’in Saleh, Saudi Arabia. The destination is an archaeological site, and one of the Kingdom’s top touristic attractions.

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During their visit, the Dubai Royals were briefed on the city’s most important monuments and features, which is described as “an open museum” with dozens of huge historical tombs. The visit included a trip to the historic Hijaz Railway, which was built in 1900 under the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, connecting Damascus, Amman, Tabuk, Madain Saleh, Al Ula, and Medina.

The Crown Prince of Dubai, known for his incredible photography, shared an incredible video on his Instagram from the trip. He captioned the post, “Mada’in Saleh is truly a magical place. An ancient civilization lost in history, yet traces of their past has survived till date in several archaeological sites, marvelling those who explore them.”

 

 

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They also visited the Elephant Mountain, which is a rock-like mass, shaped like an elephant, located 20 km from the province of Al-Ula. The mountain is 50 meters above the ground, and took its shape due to wind exposure, over thousands of years.

 

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Sheikh Mohamed had nothing but kind words to share after his trip. He also took to Instagam to share the experience with his followers, writing, “In the capital of the mountains .. And the capital of history and archeology .. In Al-`Ula .. civilizations followed here .. A new civilization built by the brother King Salman and his Crown Prince on the land of the beloved Kingdom.”

 

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In 2008, Mada’in Saleh was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, due to its well-preserved remains and rock-cut monumental tombs.

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