It’s to no one’s surprise how Tabuk quickly rose as a favorite tourist destination to both locals and visitors as of late. It’s filled with so much history and beauty. Whether it be the culture, the diverse landscapes, the views, or the variety of outdoor activities available to nature lovers, Tabuk is a destination worthy of its reputation.
Tabuk has received more exposure internationally in the past few years due to the planned NEOM megaproject. However, Tabuk has always played a pivotal role in shaping the history of the country and still preserves much of its heritage and natural features.
Though the city itself has a lot to offer, if you’re in the mood to venture out, there is definitely a lot to see and explore.
About 260 kilometers outside of Tabuk lies the valley Wadi Al Disah, located in the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Natural Reserve. The valley is famous for its mountainous terrains, lush palm trees, streams, and hidden hot springs.
Wadi Al Disah is also home to relics from the past dating back to the Nabataean Empire. Their ancient writings can be viewed etched all over the valley.
The area provides the perfect opportunity for a hike or a picnic against the backdrop of the mountains along with the towering greenery.
Located about 55 kilometers outside the city of Haql in the Tabuk region is the infamous shipwreck, sometimes dubbed as the ‘Saudi Titanic’. The shipwreck is located on a large bay, the beaches are gorgeous and the coastline extends as far as the eye can see. There is not much development surrounding the city, so this secluded beach makes for a great camping spot as well.
A small port city just outside of Tabuk, the city immediately takes you back in time to the early Islamic expansions. The area was described by scholars such as Ptolemy, referencing the trade route to Al-Ula. And by Sheikh Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi; when he recorded his journey to Makkah to perform Hajj in 1790.
The most prominent place in Duba has to be Al-Ozlam Castle, dating back to the early 14th century and is a proposed world heritage site. It served as an important station serving to connect many pilgrims en route to Makkah and provided access for trade between neighboring countries. Hence, it’s significance was and still is of great value.
Another historical site would be the castle King Abdulaziz built after his conquest of the city, which was recently renovated using the same materials to preserve its original appearance.