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Edge Of The World, Saudi Arabia: A Gorgeous Site For Hiking, Camping, And Sunrise-Views


Over the years, Edge of the World, Saudi Arabia (Jebel Fihrayn) has become one of the most popular tourist destinations. The place got its popular name because of its main attraction – a stunning lookout on the top of a 300-meter cliff overlooking the surrounding plains. The cliff is a part of Jibal Tuwaik, one of Saudi Arabia’s most famous natural attractions, stretching over more than 1,000 km from Najran in the south to Qasim in the north. It also played an important role in Arabian history. One of the ancient caravan trade routes spanning the Arabian Peninsula from Yemen to the Levant and Persia was under its feet. Some hikers built several routes along the cliff to climb up and down the impressive cliff.

Jebel Fihrayn has earned the title of ‘Edge of The World’ due to its location in a rocky desert, surrounded by geological wonders. Travelers flock to the landmark to immerse themselves in the scenic beauty of the place.

The Tuwaiq Mountain Range


The Tuwaiq mountain range lies 90 km from Riyadh and stretches 700 km from Jordan to the center of Saudi Arabia. It has proudly served as the overseer of the valley. It has also been found that the Tuwaiq Mountains contain fossils of coral reefs, clams, snails, and ammonites. This means that the dry, arid deserts that can be seen today were once submerged in water about 160 million years ago.

Sometimes the fog highlights the natural carvings around the multi-million-year-old edge. Adventure seekers often travel to engage in hiking, trekking, horseback riding, camel riding, and quad biking, available in the nearby Acacia Valley. This campground also offers a great opportunity for everyone to see the unusual desert sunsets and sky full of stars.

How to reach Edge of the World


Finding a way to the ‘Edge of The World’ is by far the most difficult part. There is no public transport to the location, so the only option to visit is via personal or hired car, hitchhiking or joining a tour group. Reaching this sublime location requires the use of an SUV with reliable GPS. It is also recommended to travel in a group of vehicles to minimize the risks of crossing the dry and ruthless desert alone. Many travel agencies also offer day trips with camping options.

Driving to the Edge of the World

If you plan to drive to the Edge of the World from Riyadh or any of the cities in Saudi Arabia, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most important is having a clear map of the route you want to take. There are two different routes to Jebel Fihrayn with Al Uyayna village as the starting point in both the routes.

Acacia Valley Route – At the beginning of this route, a turn is marked ‘Access EOW’ on Google Maps. A small section of the road is well curved, and there is another bend next to the dam. The turn is gated, which normally opens only on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sadus Dam Route – The sand on this route is relatively less loose, so it’s easier for two-wheelers to get around. It starts at Sadus Dam marked on Google Maps and continues to the Jebel Fihrayn. This route can be used at any day of the week as there is no gate at the entrance.

Other things to keep in mind are:

  1. Keep enough water and eatables with you.
  2. Try to join a group heading in the same direction.
  3. Make sure you have enough knowledge of how to handle small car breakdowns, if needed.
  4. Choose a suitable SUV for the drive.
  5. It is not a suitable drive for old people and very young children.

Best time to visit Jebel Fihrayn


Jebel Fihrayn can be visited all year round, but the best time to visit Jebel Fihrayn is in winters when the skies are clear and the temperature is low. Winters are very pleasant (about 20°C during the day and a bit chilly at night). Summer temperatures exceed 50 degrees Celsius, making it impossible to walk around, and even stand in an observatory without shade.

The best time to get to Jebel Fihrayn is an hour or two before sunset. The light at this hour dyes the pale rocks in a bright orange color.

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Popular activities at Edge of the World

1. Off-roading

There is no easy way to reach the Edge of the World. The path leading to the main attraction point is quite dangerous to drive. However, locals are familiar with it. Off-roading at the Edge of the World is best enjoyed when done with locals, in the right kind of 4×4 vehicle. One may also hitchhike with young adventures heading to the Acacia Valley to camp or visit the Edge of The World. Do not forget to bring plenty of water and food, there are absolutely no shops, eating options on the way.

2. Hiking

From the main parking lot, hikers can go up the cliff along the way. It may take about 2 hours round trip, depending on an individual’s stamina. Hikers are suggested to bring ample water since there is absolutely no provision of food and water on the way.


3. Watching the sunrise/sunset

Watching a sunrise or a sunset from this gorgeous cliff is definitely a sight to behold. Families and tourists come here to enjoy the beautiful views of the Tuwaiq range. It is time-taking to reach the last point of the cliff, especially in the day heat but the panorama is totally worth it.

4. Take a guided tour

If you are interested in understanding the geography of the place and the history of the Tuwaiq mountains, it is recommended to take a guided trip to Edge of the World Riyadh. The guides will help you delve into the history of the cliff and also make sure that your is comfortable and hassle-free. It is specially a good idea for families with kids.

5. Camping

Acacia valley is perfect for camping as the wind remains pleasantly calm and does not become turbulent. There are many trees and good campsites in the Acacia valley. People often come with their friends and family to enjoy the scenic beauty while camping in the valley.

More often than not, people posing for photos on the edge of huge cliffs risk themselves sliding down the cliff. Hence, tourists are strongly suggested not to do so. Further, tourists are recommended to wear appropriate footwear and maintain caution at all times while walking. With some basic precautions, it can be one of the most memorable parts of a trip to Riyadh. Edge of The World is the most talked-about tourist destination in Riyadh. Individuals travel from around the globe to experience the wonderful landscape.

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Edge Of The World FAQs


What is the other name of the Edge of The World?

Jebel Fihrayn is the other name for the edge of the world.

Why is Edge of The World also known as Jebel Fihrayn?

Edge of The World is also known as Jebel Fihrayn due to the impressive lookout present on the top of the 300 m high cliff.

What are the Tuwaiq Mountains famous for?

Tuwaiq Mountains are popular for their vivid history and the presence of fossils. These fossils include clams, coral reefs, and snails.

What are the best things to do at the Edge of The World?

The best things to do at Jebel Fihrayn are hitchhiking, hiking, sightseeing, camping, and more.

What are the safety tips to be followed at the Edge of The World?

Standing away from the edge of the cliff, carrying adequate water to stay hydrated, and wearing comfortable footwear are some of the recommended safety tips.

How much does it cost to go to the Edge of the World?

Edge of the World tour can cost 300 - 400 SAR.

How far is Riyadh from the Edge of the World?

Distance between Riyadh and Edge of the World is 99 km.

Can I drive to the Edge of the World?

Yes, visitors can drive to the Edge of the World. It is advised to travel in a group of vehicles to reach the Edge of the World.

Pratyush Srivastava

I think, every human is a beautifully concealed epoch in the making with God to unravel it at the perfect time. Hence, synergizing with distinctive individuals in search of an interesting story is my favorite work as a writer and creator.

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