Madinah Province
Landmark

The Spectacular Elephant Rock - Al Ula

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Description

The Elephant Rock is one of the world’s most popular rocks and the highlight of the region of Al-'Ula, a city of the Medina Region in Saudi Arabia. Looking at it from afar, this rocks seems like an elephant with a ground-bound trunk. The Elephant Rock is also known as Jabal-Al’fil in the Arabic language. Standing at a height of 52 meters, the giant rock climbs three stories into the Arabian sky. It is hard to look at the gargantuan Elephant Rock and not feel awestruck by its tremendous size.

Landscape 

This mammoth stands out among the other hand-carved, ornate structures of nearby Hegra’s Nabataean tombs as it was shaped by natural forces. The trunk and body of this red sandstone beast were shaped through water and wind erosion that was caused over millions of years.

The huge elephant stands in a landscape of golden sands, surrounded by other rocky formations which are equally impressive in size. Regardless, the Elephant Rock still overshadows all that falls in its sight and acts as reminder of the sands of time. The beauty of this mighty elephant only increases at nightfall where it becomes more lifelike in the warm lights that have been installed at the site. Visiting the rock at night is advantageous to avoid the hot weather during the day. 

Refreshment

There are some seating arrangements near the rock, with sunken sofa areas and the option to light a fire; visitors can sit and enjoy the music and mountains. Coffee shops are located nearby where drinks and snacks are available. Most of the food places open at 4 pm, therefore it is advised to carry water along with some snacks due to the hot weather.

 

Location

Elephant Rock, AlUla Saudi Arabia

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Faisal Awan

Faisal Awan

11/30/2021 08:14

Google review

A beautiful and unique natural Monument which authorities are enhancing by providing facilities like cafes and washroom. Best time to visit is after 4 PM.
Nasreen

Nasreen

11/27/2021 09:52

Google review

Beautiful and serene. Fun for adults and children. We waited about an hour for our coffees, but we didn't notice the time as we relaxed and enjoyed the tranquility of the place. I suggest visiting before 9pm during winter. It got a bit cold after 9.
Hafiz Asjad

Hafiz Asjad

11/20/2021 16:08

Google review

Absolutely a must for history and nature enthusiasts. I live in Al Ula and have visited this place multiple times... still it feels so mesmerizing whenever you visit it. In addition, government is doing amazing developments around the elephant rock which makes it more attractive and accessable.
Sami Naik

Sami Naik

10/25/2021 05:19

Google review

8 years ago, there was no development at this site. But now, the Royal Commission of Al-Ula is generating attraction to traffic more visitors by installing Majalis in circular shapes, a restaurant and beautiful lighting on the mountains. I have also observed a mini rail track is also getting installed. It is a humble request to the management who are taking care of the site to clear the rubbish markings on the Elephant rock. The future of this site looks bright and I am sure the place is going to be more attractive the next time I visit.
Cypher Stamaria

Cypher Stamaria

10/15/2021 21:19

Google review

Sad to say the time we visit the famous elephant rock according to the people maintaining peace and order it is temporarily closed until further notice we just visit October 15,2021 so make sure before visiting Al Ula and one of your listings is elephant rock better ask the office in charge since we are already at the site we just take a picture from the far to have a souvenir on that area I can’t say anything but WOW the rocks formations is insta perfect.
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