A visit to this magnificent site, with its inscriptions thought to date as far back as the 1st millennium BCE, is a glimpse into the past. Gazing at its rock art — of humans, musical instruments and animals — you can discover what was important in the daily lives of people in the Dadanite, Lihyanite and other civilisations of AlUla.
Long after AlUla’s ancient people walked this site, researchers and historians visited Jabal Ikmah to study its centuries-old inscriptions and imprints. Now you can visit too, and feel the power of this place.
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Walk along a path, set in a valley of terracotta-hued rocks, to discover detailed inscriptions. These messages, left in a bygone language, have inspired researchers to trace the origins of modern Arabic. As you reflect on the treasure of inscribed passages — from details of offerings to laws set in stone — marvel at Jabal Ikmah’s power, both past and present.
Religious pilgrims would have brought the offerings to their deities, leaving behind descriptions to commemorate their gifts and devotion.
Visiting the secluded site today, contemplate these clues left in relief by AlUla’s past residents, and imagine how high Jabal Ikmah’s status must have been: a place of ritual and spiritual significance in ancient times — and a place of discovery for you today.
Jabal Ikmah is currently closed due to Covid-19. AlUla will open to visitors October 2020.