Home to the ancient Al Ukhdood ruins
Najran is an oasis city located in the south of Saudi Arabia near the border of Yemen. It is the capital of Najran province and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. In the earlier times, it was called Abu As-Su’ud and was just a trading area. After becoming a part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this area was transformed into a modern city with hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, sports centers, parks, and all the necessities of life. Now the population of the city is rapidly growing and it also attracts a number of tourists due to its historic sites and variety of geographic landscapes.
The central location of Najran made it the focal point of the caravan trade in frankincense and the luxury product myrrh. It connected the ancient civilization of Yemen, to the Fertile Crescent, Mediterranean, and Asian countries. Al Ukhdud (the ancient name for Najran) is often termed as one of the oldest cities in the world. The remains of this city have revealed interesting carvings and artifacts that give us an insight into the prehistoric people of the land.