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Tabuk is a favorite spot for tourists as there are plenty of attractions, historical and tourist places to visit, and things to do here. Here are some places to visit in Tabuk.
What is the best time to go?
Generally, tourists love to visit Tabuk during winter as this is an area known for snowfall. In the summer, the temperature goes too high making it not so friendly destination for tourists.
Tabuk Ottomans Castle
It is believed that Tabuk Ottoman Castle was built about 3500 BC and mentioned in the Quran as أَصْـحَـاب الْأَيْـكَـة “Companions of the Wood.” This was the last rebuild by the Ottomans. – Ash-Shu’ara 26:176
Many scholars believe that أَصْـحَـاب الْأَيْـكَـة were actually from the people of Madyan for whom Allah sent Prophet Shoaib عليه السلام.
Tabuk was once a summer resort of the Roman Empire. Thereby there are many attractions to visit, things to do, and historical tourist places in Tabuk which date back to the Roman era, and one such fascinating building is the Castle of Tabuk.
- Tabuk Castle Location.
- Tabuk Castle Timing: 8 am to 8 pm.
The ancient Al-Muazzam Fort, located southeast of Tabuk, was constructed in 1622 A.D. during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Osman II.
It was one of the largest Ottoman fortresses used to monitor and protect pilgrims.
- Al Muazzam Fort location.
Tabuk Tourist Sights
Tabuk Tourist Sights is a museum that contains heritage collections from the lives of the people of the region. It is a beautiful and distinctive tourist spot which you can visit just after Tabuk Castle.
- Tabuk Tourist Sights Location.
- Tabuk Tourist Sights Timing: 5 pm to 10 pm.
Hijaz Railway Station Museum
The Hijaz Railway Station in Tabuk was built during the Ottoman and had many stories to tell through the old memorabilia and antiquities in the museum.
There is a beautiful museum there which is considered a gateway to the knowledge and history of the Tabuk civilization. It is a starting point for knowing the city in a historical and civilized way and a tourist.
- Tabuk Railway Station Museum Location.
House of Prophet Shoaib
Historians believe that this city was inhabited around 3,600 years B.C., which makes it an archeological attraction and a unique historical tourist place to visit in Tabuk.
- Madyan Location.
- Madyan Timings: 10 am to 6 pm.
During your visit to Madyan, make sure to visit the historical Moses Well in Tabuk as the Islamic scripture tells its story in detail.
After reaching the city of Madyan, Prophet Musa عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ went to a well to drink water. He saw two girls waiting for their turn to fetch water for their herd, Prophet Musa عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ helped them. Later, he was married to one of those girls.
- Moses Well Location.
Battle of Tabuk (Al Tawba Mosque)
While you are in Tabuk, visit the very historical tourist place where the battle of Tabuk took place. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ prayed here when he arrived with 30,000 men in AD 630 for the Battle of Tabuk against the Byzantines.
- Battle of Tabuk Location.
If you are looking for a park to visit in Tabuk with your children, head towards Greenland. It is an excellent place for kids and family gatherings, but do not expect much from the cafeteria. They also have a modest collection of birds.
- Greenland Location.
- Greenland Timing: 4:30 pm to 12:0.0 am.
Tabuk Flower Festival
Tayma Wells or Haddaj Wells are the oldest wells in Saudi Arabia (built around 2,500 years ago) that are still functional. Tayma is the name of one of the sons of Prophet Ismail عليه السلام, who inhabited this area in the 18th century BC (4,000 years ago).
Tayma Wells is also narrated in the Bible, making it a beautiful historical place to visit 250 km from Tabuk. – Isaiah 21:14
- Tayma Wells Location.
Golden Calf Altar
During the time of Prophet Harun عليه السلام, a great rebellion happened when a magician, Samri, made a golden calf, and people started worshipping him.
Allah required Bani Israel to kill all those guilty, and around 600,000 people were killed there. Therefore, the Golden Calf Altar is a great historical and tourist place in Tabuk.
- Golden Calf Altar location.
If you are coming to Tabuk during winter to enjoy snowfall, there is no better place to visit than Jabal Lawz. When it snowfalls in Tabuk, Jabal Lawz showcases an exotic view.
- Jabal Lawz location.
Al Nasla Rock
If you look at Al Nasla Rock, it feels like it was cut by a sharp blade or laser with heavy machinery. It remains a mystery if Al Nasla Rock was cut by humans a long time ago or if it is nature’s art.
Al Nasla Rock is situated around 45 minute drive from Tayma Wells and 3.30 hrs drive from Tabuk. A 4X4 car is required to visit this place.
- Al Nasla Rock Location.
Situated at around 200 km from Tabuk City, Haql beaches are a prime location for diverse maritime activities such as rafting, swimming, and diving in the turquoise waters of the Sultaniyah beach.
- Haql Beaches Location.
Alqan Village in Tabuk is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy camping and hiking. The rugged mountains offer a captivating view that attracts tourists and photography enthusiasts.
Alqan is known for its cold weather, which draws visitors who set up camp and enjoy the chilly climate.
- Alqan Village location.