Madinah Province
Historical Site

Ekmah Heritage Mountain - Al Ula

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Ekmah Heritage Mountain, Al Atheeb Saudi Arabia
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Description

Located around three kilometers northwest of the city of Al-Ula, Ekmah Heritage Mountain is considered the open library of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it contains hundreds of inscriptions, writings, and drawings on the cliffs and rocky facades that can be dated back to the Dadani and Lihyan periods. The mountain has a narrow valley and is dark reddish in color.

Importance of the inscriptions

The inscriptions provide us with an insight into the Kingdom of Lihyan, its civilization, the ancient Arab Lihyan society, its culture, and religious beliefs. It also paints quite an accurate picture of the economic situation, tax and tax systems, and the relationship of the Lihyanites with others in the Arabian Peninsula, both commercially and politically. Archeologists have also identified many of the names of important personalities, deities, and rulers from these drawings and inscriptions.

Some of the most famous places mentioned in the Ekmah inscriptions are Badr, where the battle of Badr took place, and Tha’al, which is a valley that extends south of Al-Dha’ib and has a fountain called Al-Tha’al. 

All and all, Ekmah Heritage mountain is a history buff’s dream destination. If you are interested in learning about ancient Arabian history, this is the place to be. 

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Ekmah Heritage Mountain, Al Atheeb Saudi Arabia

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Madhuri priya

Madhuri priya

11/04/2022 13:12

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Still a lot more not excavated, Nice place to travel through time,to know about human evolution
Marco Girelli

Marco Girelli

10/21/2022 11:44

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Nice tour around this mountain and interesting details to see
Abdul Aziz Fauzi

Abdul Aziz Fauzi

08/04/2022 17:02

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Overall the tour leader/guide is very helpful in explaining everything, better visit this place on winter
Austin Biju

Austin Biju

07/09/2022 22:13

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Wonderful place with a lot of history.
Salman Aloraier

Salman Aloraier

01/08/2022 08:35

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Wonderful place with a lot of history. The largest open library in the Arabian world. Well organized and nice staff and tour guides. In the reception there is gift shop and coffee place.
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