Saudi Arabia's west coast has a long and impressive history, and Taif specifically played a significant role in the pre-Islamic era as a city-state. It served as a crossroads for both trade and pilgrims in the Hejaz region.
Currently, the city is a major local destination to escape the heat and is known to be the unofficial summer capital due to its colder climate and pleasant weather all year around.
It is worth noting that Taif's rare species of roses are also still sought after to this day, and many brands such as Ormonde Jayne Perfumery, Chanel, and Guerlain use its fragrance as an ingredient in their perfumes.
The ancient engraved art on the rocks in a site just 40 kilometers north of Taif demonstrates how far back its history goes. And there are remnants of its ancient travel routes still visible today. A part of this route has been recently restored to preserve its past: