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

Leave a Reply 5 comments

Steve Camkin - October 21, 2017 Reply

Thanks for putting this together! New to Saudi but interested in checking out some of the more remote corners.

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    Florent Egal - November 14, 2017 Reply

    Thank you Steve for your enthusiastic comments. We still have a lot more to post on the website so stay tuned!
    Florent

Frederick Nagel - November 9, 2017 Reply

Dear Florent,

Can you please provide GPS Coordinates for this Location?

Thank you very much 🙂

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    Florent Egal - November 14, 2017 Reply

    Dear Frederick,
    Visiting the Jibal Hisma involves off-road driving in some tricky soft sand banks around the rocks.
    Are you an experienced driver with proper off-road equipment?
    Regards,
    Florent

Frederick - November 15, 2017 Reply

Hi Florent,

I would like to believe I’m pretty experienced. I have been driving Dahna and Red Sands Deserts for around 7 years or more. I’ve also led numerous groups with various experience levels, into and through these areas. Also, yes, we do have the required recovery and 4X4 equipment.
You are most welcome to join our group for a trip, or let me know when you guys are planning something. We’re always up for an adventure.
Thank you for your concern though…

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