Haddaj Well, Taymaa

Haddaj Well, Taymaa

...and the Governor's Palace

Taymaa is a medium sized village on the journey from Tabuk to Madinah in Saudi Arabia. Although we had not…

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Wadi Dissa

Wadi Dissa

Saudi's hidden gem

  I first visited Dissa during my first year (1995) in Saudi Arabia. A group of us were on a…

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The Hejaz Mountains

The Hejaz Mountains

The backbone of Arabia

 

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Birqat al Aqiq

Birqat al Aqiq

A pool on the Darb Zubaydah

The Darb Zubaydah was an old pilgrim trail originally built from Kufa, nowadays in Iraq, to the Holy city of…

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Wabah Crater

Wabah Crater

An unforgettable sight

 

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Madain Saleh

Madain Saleh

The cities of Saleh, an ancient Nabatean site

Madain Salah  

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The Darb Zubaydah was an old pilgrim trail originally built from Kufa, nowadays in Iraq, to the Holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. Along the journey were numerous wells such as this one here which is only a couple of hours by car on modern asphalt roads.

Although I have probably passed by these wells twenty or more times over the years, it is only rarely that they have any water in them all all. Luckily, in December, 2008, I was accompanying one of my cousins and her husband on their way back to Hafr al Batin, when we found the wells as full as they can get. The result of this visit is the photo above which also appears in the British Museum publication, Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam, after one of their researchers found it on Panoramio.

 

The next well towards Makkah, at al Khuraba, is rather more interesting as there are a pair of circular wells which are joined together with a substantial arched sluice-house. They are slightly harder to locate as they are off the tarmac and around eleven kilometres from Al Aqiq.