Qasr Zaba’al

The watch tower of Sakaka

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The Qasr Zaba’al at Sakaka stands on a tall rock spur overlooking the ancient village, the palm groves and the new town. It resembles ruins that can be attributed to the Nabatean area, particularly the well of Bi’r Saysara.

Qasr Zaba'al in Sakaka (photo: Florent Egal)

Qasr Zaba'al in Sakaka (photo: Florent Egal)

Inside court of Qasr Zaba'al in Sakaka (photo: Florent Egal)

Inside court of Qasr Zaba'al in Sakaka (photo: Florent Egal)

The site also presents an original example of ancient rock carving which can date back to the Neolithic period (8th-5th millennium BCE)

Rock art at Sakaka dating back to the Neolithic period (photo: Florent Egal)

Rock art at Sakaka dating back to the Neolithic period (photo: Florent Egal)


The Watchtower of Sakaka (author: Florent Egal with extracts from “Dûmat Al-Jandal, l’antique Adummatu”, Guillaume Charloux (CNRS), Romolo Loreto (University of Naples), EADS publication)

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

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