As those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know, I love exploring off the beaten track places. I visited Saudi Arabia in February this year doing a fairly long drive from Dubai all the way with the border with Jordan and back. Many of the places I saw during that trip were left on a mental list of places I wanted to return to photograph in more detail. This month I got the opportunity to do just that when Travelwings invited me on a 5 day trip through Saudi Arabia. I visited Riyadh, Al Ula and Jeddah and although I had been to all these places before, I still managed to discover lots of new and exciting things to see and do.
One of the most interesting places to visit while in Al Ula is the ancient Hegra, the second city of the Nabataean Kingdom (of Petra fame). The Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza (also known as Qasr Al Farid) pictured above is the largest tomb in Hegra and it’s an amazing sight. It is over 20 meters high and stands on its own in the middle of the Saudi desert.