Saudi Tourism in the Tabuk Region
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Explore Tabuk

A city in the Tabuk region


Lush lands and ancient treasures

Activities in Tabuk

When in Tabuk, Go and Explore

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    Tabuk Castle

    There are spectacular fortresses all around Tabuk, but this imposing castle in the center of town might be the oldest. It’s known to date from 1559, though some claim there was a fortress here as early as 3500 B.C. Inside its walls, two mosques are linked by courtyards, stairwells and watchtowers, and there’s a small museum detailing the history of the castle and the wider city — from the great explorers who visited, like Ibn Battuta, to the caravans of pilgrims who would stop to drink from its wells on their way to Makkah and Medina.

  • Two women hiking in Al Disah Valley

    Al Disah Valley

    At the crossroads of three valleys south of Tabuk, the wind-sculpted sandstone columns of Wadi Al Disah (Valley of the Palms) look like a mix between the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley in America. While much of the landscape is desert, there are oases of pools, tall grasses and palm trees running through canyons, creating photo ops at every turn, especially during glowing sunsets. It’s possible to hike through much of the valley, or visit via a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

  • Tombs in desert with clear blue sky

    Maghaer Shuaib

    The Maghaer Shuaib seems to appear from nowhere in the reddish desert west of Tabuk, its elegantly carved façades and tombs built into the sandstone rocks recalling Petra in Jordan and Hegra at AlUla. After he fled Egypt, Moses lived here for a decade under the patronage of the prophet Shuaib, who had been impressed by Moses’ chivalry. In return, he offered his daughter Zipporah’s hand in marriage, which Moses accepted before returning to Egypt.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay
    Opt for modern comfort at the Hilton Garden Inn, with its elegant outdoor pool, or at the popular four-star Swiss Inn Tabuk. At the family-friendly Holiday Inn, under-12s stay free.
  • Where to eat
    Try Al Qariyah Al Turathiyah for traditional cuisine in a historic space, Al Ketaishat for more casual buffet-style Saudi food, or Western Road Express for American-style burgers and steaks. Locals say Jandofly serves up some of the city’s best seafood.
  • Where to have fun
    Explore the evocative ruins of the once-vast Hijaz Railway. Visit a local farm to sample delicious fresh mangos, or paddle in the shallows along the coast.
  • Rent a car
    There are car rental companies dotted across Tabuk, especially on King Fahd Road, including Hanco and Avis.

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