Pre-Islamic Tombs of Saleh

Mada'in Saleh

Mada’in Saleh

Ian from Saudi Arabia sent me this postcard as a result of a swap that would just confuse you. But I also need to thank Edwin from Bahrain. Mada’in Saleh dates back to the pre-Islamic period of Saudi Arabia. The site of the tombs have been inhabited (according to the Qur’an) since after the days of Noah but before Moses. That means that people have been living in this part of the world for approximately 5000 years. These 131 tombs have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 and have enjoyed protection as archaeological sites since 1972. According to Islamic texts, the area is cursed by Allah and as a result, the government has struggled to overcome the stigma, as it is trying to develop the site as a tourist attraction. Quite interesting. Thank you Ian and Edwin!