Najran is a relatively large city of 5000000 inhabitants located about 900km south of Riyadh
, not far from the border to Yemen. Najran is located in a valley surrounded by mountains at 1293m of altitude, in the centre of an oasis which extends for about 30km from southwest to northeast and ends in the Rub' al Khali desert.
Najran has been inhabited for thousands of years and has witnessed the rise and fall of several civilisations. It was a significant centre for trade and commerce along ancient caravan routes connecting Arabia, Yemen, and other regions.
There are two picturesque palaces in Najran worth visiting: the Amarah palace in the centre of the city and the Aan palace a bit to the west of the city centre, both in traditional south Arabian / Yemeni architecture. The Amarah palace is open in the afternoons for tourists and is free of charge. The Raum castle is on a hill to the west of Najran.
The archaeological site of Al-Ukhdūd lies to the east of the city centre and has a museum building and an open air site with ruins, built between the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD (Kingdom of Ḥimyar period).
How to get to Najran
Najran has an airport with flights to regional destinations. It can also be easily reached by car.
Najran has a number of hotels, bookable via the international booking portals.