Jabal Hisma

The Wadi Rum of Saudi Arabia

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Jordan is famous for its Wadi Rum desert but it is less known that its iconic sandstone formations spread across the border with Saudi Arabia as far as 200 kilometers to the south until the grandiose Wadi Qaraqir.

The name "Jabal" which means "ensemble of mountains" designates the fact that Hisma is not about one mount but thousands of rocky formations spreading over hundreds of kilometers, each one of unique size and shape.

Djibal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)

Djibal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)

Different types of sandstone formations have created there deep wadis such as the famous Wadi Damm on the east and impressive giant rocks whose silhouettes is a true masterpiece of nature.

Wadi Damm (photo: Florent Egal)

Wadi Damm (photo: Florent Egal)

Wadi Damm (photo: Florent Egal)

Wadi Damm (photo: Florent Egal)

The western entrance of the Wadi Damm is like a natural threshold of the unreal landscape of Jabal Hisma. Indeed this Saudi desert made of the extraordinary shapes of the sandstone massifs sculpted by the erosion and surrounded by multi-color sand banks not only rivals its Jordanian counterpart but offer unique scenery and out-of-this-world landscapes.

Djibal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)

Djibal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)

Djibal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)

Djibal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)

The beauty of Jabal Hisma is elegantly emphasized by sand belts of different colors including a nearly blood red tone. These sand banks also offer high view points that can be reached by car.

But if driving through Jabal Hisma doesn't present special difficulties some parts are of the sandy terrain are really soft and ravines digged by the wind between sand dunes and rocks can be terrific traps for an inattentive driver!

Roaming through the maze of sandstones massifs is an outstanding, exciting, and delightful experience. Each location, each time of the day, each luminosity offers a unique viewpoint on this marvel that was given to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The main part of Jabal Hisma is located between the majestic Jebel Lawuz on the west and the plain surrounding the city of Tabuk on the east.

Djibal Hisma is home of ancient rock art and hundreds of Arabic inscriptions dating back to the first decades of Islam, proving its exceptional features has attracted humans for millennia.

Ancient Arabic inscription at Jabal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)

Ancient Arabic inscription at Jabal Hisma (photo: Florent Egal)



The Wadi Rum of Saudi Arabia (author: Florent Egal)

About the Author

My name is Florent Egal, I am a French national living in Riyadh since January 2010. After six years of exploration of Saudi Arabia I have decided to show with this website that KSA has much more to offer than the stereotype landscape of empty extends of sand dunes. I hope that after reading through these pages people will feel the same willingness and amazement than I have to discover this fascinating country