HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, was in Saudi Arabia this weekend to attend a major horse racing event, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup, and made sure to take some time off for a little sight seeing. His Highness was joined by his son HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, on a tour of the historic Saudi city of Al-Ula.
The royal duo visited Mada’in Saleh, an archaeological site formed around the remains of the ancient Nabatean kingdom, which dates back to the 1st century CE. In 2008, UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage site for its well-preserved remains.
The royals also made sure to document their trip on social media. Sheikh Hamdan, or Fazza as he’s affectionately known to his legion of Instagram followers, posted a stunning video of the monumental tombs and craggy mountains found on historic archaeological site on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, writing “Mada’in Saleh is truly a magical place. An ancient civilization lost in history, yet traces of their past has survived till date in several archaeological sites, marveling those who explore them.”
His Highness’s also visited the Hijaz Railway, which was built in 1900 by orders of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II connecting Damascus, Amman, Tabuk, Madain Saleh, Al Ula, and Medina, during their visit.