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Although it has plenty of history, Khaybar is not a tourist town. It does, however, make a perfect stop for lunch along the long drive from the Medina airport to al-Ula and Mada'in Saleh. One place to eat is this Bukhari Table Restaurant (Mat'am al-Ma'ida al-Bukhari), which is located on the motorway which cuts through the modern town, known here as King Abdulaziz Road. Only locals here, including many immigrants from Indian sub-continent, so there is nothing luxurious about the restaurant. It does serve savoury grills and a couple of local Hijazi dishes including Bukhari rice (flavoured with aromatic spices and served with chicken). We chose to eat grilled chicken served on a yellow rice, which was quite delicious. Given that only plastic spoons were provided, eating the chicken was a challenge so bare hands were indispensable! The restaurant only has two tables, but has a large raised, carpeted platform to replicate the bedouin and provincial practice of eating on the floor. It is part of the fun experience!
Written Jan 14, 2011
Address: King Abdulaziz Road
Khaybar is located some 1.5 hour drive north of Medina. Although buses may exist, the best way to get here is to drive a personal or hired car from Medina (as an aside, the city's airport is open to non-Moslems). The road north of Medina traverses some amazing landscape consisting of rugged mountains, ancient lava deposits, lush green oases, some sand dunes and vast plains with acacia trees. Attached are a couple of photos.
Updated Jan 21, 2011
Khaybar is very historical area, nothing else. However, you can hike up to view the whole city from that ancient castle of the Jewish palace. You should hike up 20 m or so. The castle itself is closed for safety reason since it's so fragile now and may collapse at any time. It's NOT allowed to hike that high, but you can sneak some steps upward. It's a stunning view to be able to see the entire Khaybar from that historical point.
Equipment: Sneakers for it's a bit rocky
Written Jun 15, 2005
Address: Khaybar's historical area