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Najran (previously Aba as Sa'ud) is the principal city of Najran province in south-western Saudi Arabia.

Get in

  • The Najran airport is connected via Saudia to principal cities around the country, including Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

Get around

  • There is little evidence of public transport here, but taxi or car service is available. The city is a 15 km long line along the highway, so very little is walkable. The countryside around the city (e.g. the highway to Abha) has a large number of police checkpoints to combat smuggling to/from Yemen; police escorts for tourists are common, and not as much fun as they sound.


  • Given the proximity to the Yemeni border, there is a wide variety of traditional mud architecture to be seen.
  • The city itself has an interesting souq area with a fort.
  • Absarkhan is a beautiful mountain to see.





  • There is a Best Western, of all things. It provides adequate rooms.

Get out

  • Although the city is the closest major Saudi city to the Yemen border, land travel across may not be possible, and is certainly not recommended due to the high level of violence in the area.

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