DUMAT AL-JANDAL: Dumat Al-Jandal is a city of ruins in northwest Saudi Arabia. With ancient boundary walls, a beautiful oasis and the partly rebuilt Marid Castle, the city is considered a precious relic of the past.
The historical value and unique architectural style of the castle attract tourists and historians who want to learn about this important site. It is built on a rocky plateau hundreds of meters above sea level in the southern part of Dumat Al-Jandal. It overlooks the city and its grounds tower above the old town’s buildings.
Al-Jouf Gov. Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz examined on Sunday the research and excavation work carried out by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in the vicinity of the archaeological area of Dumat Al-Jandal governorate, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Prince Faisal was received by Dumat Al-Jandal Gov. Dr. Talal bin Mashal Al-Tamiat; the director general of the SCTH’s branch in Al-Jouf, Yasser bin Ibrahim Al-Ali; and the exploration team consisting of Saudi and Italian experts who briefed him on the exploration work in Al-Jouf area and highlights of the results achieved.
Prince Faisal praised the work carried out by the SCTH serving the heritage and preserving the region’s history dating back thousands of years. He also thanked the members of the team, wishing them success.
Among the city’s other attractions is the Omar bin Khattab Mosque, which was built in 634-635 BC when the area was part of a major trade route.
Excavations carried out in the city in 1976 revealed Nabataean and Roman pottery dating back to the first and second centuries BC.
Al-Jouf is famous for its historical location and it boasts many archaeological sites. The SCTH is working on repairing these sites and opening them to visitors.