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We have explained everything about Madain Saleh including its history in Quran and Hadith, entrance fee, and the hotels to stay in.
Madain Saleh History
Madain Saleh was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lihyan. It is believed that the people of Thamud started inhabiting this place at around 2100 B.C. (i.e. around 4100 years from now).
This area has been discussed in the Holy Quran as well as in a Hadith. There is a story of Prophet Saleh عليه السلام and his camel that makes it the single most important tourist place to visit in Al Ulah.
Prophet Saleh and his camel
People of Thamud used to live in this area where Prophet Saleh عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ was sent to guide them. In fact, this is the reason this area is called Madain Saleh.
In order to test Prophet Saleh عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, they asked him to bring a special camel which was later on killed by the leaders of Thamud. Finally, Allah destroyed the people of Thamud with an earthquake.
Madain Saleh in Quran
A section is present in the Holy Quran which explains the real story of these houses. “And you carve out of the mountains, homes, with skill”. Ash-Shu’ara 26:149.
“And do not touch her with harm, lest you be seized by the punishment of a terrible day. But they hamstrung her and so became regretful. And the punishment seized them. Indeed, that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.” Ash-Shu’ara 26:156-158
Madain Saleh Hadith
Many people avoid going to this place due to a hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ where he abstained people from entering the place.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “Do not enter the ruined dwellings of those who were unjust to themselves unless (you enter) weeping, lest you should suffer the same punishment as was inflicted upon them.” – Sahi Bukhari 3381
You need to book a 2 hours Hegra tour package to enter Madain Saleh against a fee of SR 95/adult and SR 45/child. It will take you to the following areas;
- Winter Park.
- Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza – 72 feet tall.
- Jabal AlBanat – 29 tombs.
- Jabal Ithlib.
- Handcraft Pavilion
- Jabal AlAhmar – 18 tombs.
UNESCO Heritage Site
In 2008, UNESCO declared that the city of Al Hegra is one of the most historic heritage sites located in the world, making Madain Saleh the first city of Saudi Arabia to be included in the list of world heritage!
Do we need a permit to enter?
Previously, you were required to take an entry permit to enter Madain Saleh. However, now no one can enter this area without booking a prior package as explained above.
How to reach there?
There are two flights every week to Al Ula airport which is operated by Saudi Airlines. The airport is located around 15 kilometers southeast of Al Ula town.
- The distance between Riyadh and Al Ula: 1,035 Km.
- The distance between Jeddah and Al Ula: 710 Km.
- The distance between Dammam and Al Ula: 1,432 Km.
There are direct buses being run to Al Ula from nearly every major city.
Where to stay?
- Habitas: https://maps.app.goo.gl/DXrx9wa4CB8y3AGT6
- Shaden: https://maps.app.goo.gl/sWeJso9xCSBptj8QA
- Sahary: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Msq1iG6PsXhTCtS96