Ushaiger (or Ushaiqer) is a small heritage village located 200km northwest of Riyadh in the Najd region of Saudi Arabia. The entire heritage area is inside a thick wall with massive towers and wide doors made of tamarisk wood. Only a few houses in Ushaiger are restored. Most are in a poor preservation status and have broken roofs. All houses are built with dried mud and wood.
Ushaiger lies in an oasis area, where bedouins first settled 1500 years ago. Over time it became a stopping point for pilgrims on their way to Mecca.
How to get to Ushaiger
Ushaiger can easily be reached by car. It's 2 1/2 hours northwest of Riyadh and can be visited on a daytrip.
Accommodation
The closest hotels probably are those in Shaqra (bookable with the international hotel booking portals). In Ushaiger itself there is no accomodation.
01 Ushaiger heritage village 02 House interior with collapsed roof 03 House interior with collapsed roof 04 Wooden door 05 Colonnade
06 Al-Nashwan house 07 Houses and palm trees 08 Wooden door 09 Narrow alley
10 Wooden doors 11 Ushaiger heritage village 12 Houses and palm trees 13 Houses and palm trees
14 Narrow alley 15 Narrow alley 16 Narrow alley 17 Wooden doors 18 Mud houses ruins
19 Mud houses ruins 20 Mud houses ruins 21 Mud houses ruins 22 Mud houses ruins
23 Corridor
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