Ha'il is a city located in northwestern Saudi Arabia, on a high plain in the Nafud desert at about 1000m of altitude, 700km northwest of Riad. Ha'il is a convenient stopping point when travelling from Riyadh to Al Ula, and can serve as an access point to the petroglyphs are in Jubbah further north.
Ha'il has a long history dating back to ancient times. It was a major centre of the ancient Nabatean civilisation and was part of the Incense Route that connected southern Arabia to the Mediterranean region.
One of the most famous landmarks in Ha'il is the Qishlah palace, which was built in the 20th century. At the time of visiting the Qishlah palace was closed for restoration.
​The A'arif historic fortress is on a hill overlooking Ha'il, in the centre of the city. It is built with mud and clay, and is 40 meters long and 11 meters wide. Construction started at the end of the 11th century.
The Al-Rajhi mosque was opened in 2011 and covers an area of 32000 m² and has 56 domes and four 80-meter-high columns.
How to get to Ha'il
Ha'il can be easily reached by car or train and has an own airport with flights to the Middle East.
Ha'il has a number of hotels, bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Aarif fort 02 Aarif fort 03 Aarif fort 04 Aarif fort 05 Aarif fort
06 Aarif fort 07 Aarif fort 08 Aarif fort 09 Aarif fort
10 Aarif fort 11 Aarif fort 12 Aarif fort 13 Aarif fort
14 Aarif fort 15 Aarif fort
16 Hail skyline 17 Hail skyline
18 Al-Rajhi mosque 19 Al-Rajhi mosque 20 King Fahd mosque 21 King Fahd mosque 22 King Fahd mosque
23 Hail skyline
24 King Fahd mosque 25 Aarif fort 26 Aarif fort 27 Aarif fort
28 Qishlah palace 29 King Fahd mosque 30 King Fahd mosque
31 King Fahd mosque 32 King Fahd mosque 33 Barzan castle 34 Barzan castle 35 Souq
36 Souq 37 Bazaar 38 Bazaar 39 Souq area
40 Souq area after the rain 41 Souq area 42 Barzan mosque 43 Barzan mosque
44 Al Othaim shopping mall 45 Al Othaim shopping mall 46 Al Othaim shopping mall 47 Al Othaim shopping mall 48 Al Othaim shopping mall
49 King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz road 50 McDonalds restaurant 51 McDonalds restaurant
52 McDonalds restaurant 53 Al-Rajhi mosque
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