Edge of the world….Saudi Arabia

Who doesn’t want to go right up to the edge of the world ??? About a 100 km northwest of Riyadh is an area which is one of the rare places called ‘The edge of the world.’ It is over the Acacia valley, a part of the Tuwaiq Escarpment. It is possible to trek up from the valley here or simply take a vehicle right up to the edge. 

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The valley before you reach the summit.

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The breeze is powerful and refreshingly unpolluted.

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This it it….the edge of the world…….

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There are cracks in the cliffs, be careful you don’t fall over the edge of the edge of the world 🙂

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I wanted to take the large rocks with the fossils of prehistoric water animals embedded in them…..

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Lost…………there was definitely water here, the smoothness of the rocks is due to water that has since dried up….

IMG_0071 IMG_0077 well, hello there, I can see you, do you think you are hiding????

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Careful, it’s a long way down….

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Before you go up to the Edge, there is an area in the valley, where campers and families can have a picnic. This area has many trees and was possibly a large water body eons ago. One can find several fossils of sea animals embedded in the stones of what is now the floor of the valley. Camels can be spotted, as can the tents of people who stay the weekend here. As far as the eye can see, there are miles of never ending sand cliffs which look out over…………nothing………..the edge of the world we know is here. There are plains below which stop and give way to nothing, a vast open and empty space. An ideal place for meditation/ solitude/ peace ???? You decide. Be careful when you try to get pics while balancing on the precipice like rocks….they can crumble away beneath your feet. Enjoy the sunset and sunrise and make sure you take plenty of food, water, your GPS, good friends and a camera or two to capture this barren but hauntingly beautiful landscape. 


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