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Snorkeling or Scuba Diving in the Red Sea is phenominal. I finally had some friends show up who wanted to go (You don't go alone) and we made our first foray out. Even though the water was choppy and the visibility not so hot I saw enough to make me sure that I want to do it a lot more!
Written Jun 5, 2011
Hadiyyah Station: An abandoned locomotive, which used to run on the Hejaz Railway between Damascus and Makkah. Lawrence of Arabia and his band of Arab cadres sabotaged this Ottoman-controlled railway during the First World War. Sadly this engine has been tipped over to facilitate the looting of the rails and sleepers.
Updated Feb 5, 2006
Radhwa Mountains overlooks both Yanbu AL-Nakhal and Yanbu AL-Bahar one of Juhaina Tribe's Homes and has deep history, his name mentioned in Abi A'ala Almu'ari and AL Mutanabi poetries. Those poets before Islam
Radhwa Mountains has very rich nature environment many different plants, birds and animals live there, no one till now write about the natural history of this mountain.
There is a path by this mountain for AL Sham (Syria today) before coming of motor cars bedouins used to travel on their feet sometimes if they don't have camels for trading or to work there before discovering oil in Saudi Arabia.
Updated Jul 30, 2005
Yanbu 1762 A.D.
Source of this photo: Atlas of the Arab-Islamic History; Atlas AL-Tarikh AL-Arabi AL-Islami. Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil.
3520 Forbes Ave,, #A259
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The distribution inside Saudi Arabia by AL-Ma'moon Library. Tel: 6446614
Updated Jun 11, 2005
Source of the photo Abdulkarem AL-Khateb, Tarikh Yanbu, one of the remarkable historian about this region Abdulkarim son of Yanbu, he was born here and he is also student of the remarkable historian Hamad AL-Jaser.
Abdulkarem AL-Khateb has many publications about this area beside Tarikh Yanbu (Yanbu History); the third book of Silsilat Turath AL-Jazeerah AL-Arabiah (Series of The Arabian Peninsula Heritage) also Tarikh Juhaina (Juhaina History), Shu'ra Yanbu wa Juhaina (Yanbu and Juhaina poets) and Shu'ra Yanbu wa Bani Thumrah (Yanbu and Bani Thumrah Poets).
To request any of his publication:
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - AL-Riyadh
P.O. Box 1829 AL-Riyadh 11415
Updated Jun 11, 2005
Colonel Muhammad Sadiq, Nubdhah fi istikshaf tariq al-'amid al-hijaziyyah min al-Wajh wa-Yanbu' al-bahr ila al-Madinah al-nabawiyyah, (A short account of the exploration of the Hijaz routes from Wajh and Yanbu' al-Bahr to al-Madinah), Cairo, Ministry of War 1294 AH/1877; and Al-jaridah al-'askariyyah, (Journal of the staff of the Egyptian Army) vol.1. parts iv-vi, 1877. see also Mustafa Amer, "An Egyptian Explorer in Arabia in the 19th century", in Bulletin de la Societe Royale de Geographie de l'Egypte, 18, 1932-4, pp.29-45, and Badr al-Hage, Sawar min al-madi: al-Mamlakah al-'Arabiyyah al-Su'udiyyah (Saudi Arabia: Images from the Past), London, 1989.
This photo shows A street in Yanbu in 1916. The local building style reflects that of Jeddah and Suakin on the coast of Sudan. T.E. Lawrence stayed in the house on the right. ( Lawrence 1916 )
Updated Jun 11, 2005
Yanbu AL-Nakhal Situated approximately 50 Km of Yanbu AL-Bahar, the map show the locations of Yanbu AL-Nakhal, Yanbu AL-Bahar, Madinah and Jeddah Cities.
these are some villages situated arround Yanbu AL-Nakhal City:
AL-Mubarak and AL-Barakah villages
Ain Husain and Ain Hasan
Updated Jun 7, 2005
Yanbu AL-Nakhal City (The Palms' Spring City)
Named by this name for its plenty of running springs (natural fountains) and large number of palms trees and this name imply to a wide region in the Hejaz area eastern of Madinah city.
Yanbu AL-Nakhal has remarkable and big fame in the Islamic history because it exist on the convoies road between AL-Sham (Syria today) and Makkah city which make it an arena for many events between Quraish (Makkah Leaders) and the Prophet Muhammad peace be open him and many incursion for the prophet in that region like Buat and Al-Ushairah and AL-Eis squadron (names of regions inside Yanbu AL-Nakhal today).
Yanbu AL-Nakhal was in the Hejra's fourth century more developed than AL-Madinah city and has more population, AL-Bakri historian wrote that Mohd. AL-Sabah said "Yanbu has more than ninety nine water springs".
And in Meraat Jazerat AL-Arab for the historian Aiob Basha written that Yanbu AL-Nakhal at that time was a big villages surrounding with its four sides by running water springs which help the inhabitants for agriculture and building the gardens and orchards with a majority of uncounted palms trees and that’s why got the name Yanbu AL-Nakhal (The Palms' Spring) and in the region uncounted of running springs that flow after gardens and orchards irrigation without any usefulness.
Yanbu AL-Nakhal; Juhaina's hometown, Juhaina tribe settled here since oldness with agriculture specially palm trees till the Islamic conquer after that Yanbu land become the roost prech of Arab traders of Quraish and Thaqeef and AL-Ansar , the fourth caliph Ali Bin Abi Talib bought an area in of south of Yanbu AL-Nakhal on the way going to the sea and that land still for his children from AL-Hasan descendants that known after by AL-Hasaneen and from them descended the royal family in Morocco.
Updated Jun 2, 2005
Yanbu Industrial City
In existence for only two decades, Yanbu Industrial City is already many things - a model industrial development, an attractive place to live, a community with unlimited potential.
Part of Yanbu's success is due to nature, and the rest to history and design.
Nestled on a coastal plain between the Red Sea and the Radhwa Mountains, Yanbu enjoys a location befitting a resort. The Red Sea - world-famous for its crystal waters and spectacular coral reefs - is an open invitation to sailing, snorkeling, and other aquatic sports. A few kilometers inland, the peaks and valleys of the rugged Radhwa range offer scenery that runs the gamut from flourishing oases to unspoiled wilderness.
History, both ancient and modern, has also had a hand in Yanbu's development. The nearby settement of Yanbu AL-Bahr traces its origins back to pre-Roman times. For centuries, the historic community served as a popular way station for merchants plying the caravan routes of the Arabian peninsula, while its port was a major gateway for pilgrims visiting Makkah and Madinah.
In the mid - 1970s, the Saudi government selected the Yanbu area as the site for a brand - new industrial city and, to create it launched one of the largest crash construction projects of all times.
Today, with the first phase of development complete, Yanbu Industrial City is home to over 50 industrial enterprises and some 50.000 people. The new community is already a world center for the transshipment of crude oil and the manufacture and export of hydrocarbon and petrochemical products.
Yanbu's history may be brief, but its development to date is impressive and its future promising.
Updated Apr 6, 2005
A Good Place to Live
In the final analysis, Yanbu Industrial City is a thriving international community that offers its citizens the means to lead comfortable, secure, and enriching lives.
Modern housing and reliable infrastructure answer the primary requirements for shelter and basic services. Mosques, schools, the hospital and clinics, and other public facilities, community centers, and numerous parks -as well as the Red Sea itself- offer residents and visitors a wide range of possibilities for leisure and family acitivity.
Job and business opportunities also abound, thanks to the solid foundation of industries and infrastructure already in place and growing.
It should come as no surprise, then, that both longtime residents and recent arrivals consider Yanbu a good place to live.
Written Apr 5, 2005