Saudi Arabia’s Maida’n Salah – The Final Snippets

Mud Village


The Mud Village in Al Ula was a very interesting place to visit with hundreds of mud houses on both sides of the street.  This is the village where many Hajjis would stop to and from Mecca.  Some Hajjis after completion of Hajj would choose to remain and live in the mud village. Segregation was practiced in that the women visited each other and ran their errands traversing narrow covered alleyways from one home to another whereas the men had their own pathways via the roofs of the mud homes.  However when heavy rains occurred, the women would be isolated to their homes as the alleyways would be flooded with water.  The mud village is continuing to be preserved so visitors can appreciate the way of life as it was during those early times. 

















Hijaz Railroad



Al Ula and Maida’n Salah is also home of the Hejaz Railway.  One will see the wooden railway stations which were constructed every 25 kilometers and can visit the original main railway station.  Several of the old wooden carriages remain.  The railway ran from 1900 to 1912 and is a modern piece of the history.  








The main railway station also had a guest house for the weary travelers who wished to have a rest before continuing their journey.  I hope that Saudi tourism will further preserve this guest house and perhaps convert it into a stopping place for visiting tourists to enjoy tea and Arabic kawa.  While I am suggesting, it would also be convenient to have facilities as it is located remotely from town and a gift shop would be a nice touch too.






Desert Diamonds


Although I failed to take my camera with me on this particular sunset foray, I learned all about the desert diamonds.  Desert diamonds are pieces of quartz which can be found in rose, yellow and white or clear colors.  The stony desert area around Al Ula is ideal for going out and hunting for desert diamonds.  These quartz stones can be cleaned, cut and polished and make beautiful gem stones which in turn can be converted to rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets.


Everyone in our group came back with at least one or more of these precious stones adding yet another special memory of the trip to Maida’n Salah.


Can you imagine how romantic to be presented with a diamond and being told, I went out into the desert and found it myself! 


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