Jabal Shada, or Shada mountains, is a mountain area about 50km wouth of Al Bahah,
along the road from Al Bahah to the coast. It includes an isolated twin-mountain massif in Saudi Arabia that supports rich biodiversity.
The Shada mountains area is composed of Shada Alalah and Shada Asfal with the peak altitudes of 2215m and 1472m. The twin mountains are separated by Wadi Meleel valley.
The photos below show the mountain top area with the characteristic granite rocks. Some of these boulders are hollow due to the erosion and have been used as dwellings by the local population.
Along the mountain road from Al Bahah there are many baboons. These are often near the parking areas, where they wait for tourists who often will give them food. The abandoned village of Thee Ain lies on the way between Al Bahah and Jabal Shada.
How to get to Jabal Shada
Jabal Shada can only be reached by car. The mountain road is very steep and narrow in the last section immediately before the mountain top (a car with a powerful enough engine is needed).
There is no accomodation in Jabal Shada. The nearest hotels are in Al Bahah.