Najran is a modern town and capital city of Najran province. Almost on the Yemeni border, in the south-west of the country,
Najran is one of the most fascinating and least visited places in the kingdom. Set in a sprawling oasis, this area has been
inhabited for about 4000 years, and was once a major stop on the frankincense route. Yemen's cultural influence is stronger here than
anywhere else in the country - you can see it in the architecture, and in the outgoing demeanor of the Najrani people.
Najran has one big main road, and the bus station, hotels, post offices and places to eat are all along it or close by. Being the capital of Najran region, it is the headquarters of the Governor, local councils and branches of various governmental departments. Being an agricultural city, Najran is famous for its beautiful gardens and public parks. Peaches, apricots, apples, grapes, lemons and oranges are grown on a wide scale. It is surrounded by gardens and green trees and the charm of mountains; the highest one is Abu Hamadan Mountain which is 1450 meter.
Geography & Location
Najran is one of the Kingdom's most modern cities. It is bounded by Yemen to the south; Al-Silayel and Wadi Al-Dawasir to the north; Dhahran Al-Janoub and the Asir region to the west; and Oman in the east. Najran city is surrounded by orchards and trees and encircled by a range of Rocky Mountains, the highest of which is the
1450-meter-high Abu Hamdan Mountain. The area abounds in scenic views, particularly the Abi Al Rashras valley, one of the city's most important tourist landmarks, where water gushes through rocks to irrigate surrounding verdant areas. Other tourist attractions are the Wadi Nahouqa and Raoun Mountain.
About 280km east of Abha is Najran, one of the most interesting and least visited towns in the Kingdom. Close to the Yemeni border, it extends along the Wadi Najran and has been inhabited for about 4,000 years, most of that time spent as an important trading centre. The Yemeni cultural influence is very strong here both in architecture and in attitudes.
Najran is also famous for its numerous popular festivals and folklore dances. It is a tourist city with a moderate climate,
orchards and scenic views. Najran has one of the kingdom's newest and best museums, with displays on the formation of valley
and deserts, archaeological finds from the area, local crafts, tools and photos of the area taken by Harry St John Philby,
the famous diplomat, explorer and spy. It is in front of the ancient site of Al-Ukhdood which was inhabited for some 1,500 years,
from 500BC through to the 10th century AD.
- Abi Al-Rshash valley
- Al - Ukhdood
- Najran Dam
- The Al-Aan Palace
- Najran Popular Market