ThePlace: Ushaiger Heritage Village, a stunning example of Saudi Arabia’s Najdi architecture

ThePlace: Ushaiger Heritage Village, a stunning example of Saudi Arabia’s Najdi architecture
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Updated 06 June 2020

ThePlace: Ushaiger Heritage Village, a stunning example of Saudi Arabia’s Najdi architecture

ThePlace: Ushaiger Heritage Village, a stunning example of Saudi Arabia’s Najdi architecture
  • The village is divided into districts and bisected by groves of palm trees, and includes a cluster of beautifully renovated houses

Hidden in the heart of the Najd, a region laden with oases 200 km northwest of Riyadh, Ushaiger Heritage Village provides a glimpse of the slow-paced Saudi society of old.
Ushaiger means “small blonde,” which describes the small sandy-brown mountain located north of the village.
Encased in thick walls, Ushaiger is a labyrinth of winding alleyways, shaded pathways and timber-framed walkways, crossing between hundreds of mud houses. The village is divided into districts and bisected by groves of palm trees, and includes a cluster of beautifully renovated houses.
These offer a stunning example of Najdi architecture, with its distinctive triangular windows and roofs, and ornately carved wooden doors. Some still bear the names of the families who lived there.
This photograph was taken by Bander Sagheer as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.