Monday, March 11, 2024

THE DESERT TEAM (Fariq Al Sahra) فريق الصحراء


Welcome to THE DESERT TEAM (Fariq Al Sahra) website

We are a team of amateur Saudi travelers and researchers who are interested in Arabian desert and its history, geography and archeology.

We start publishing our reports in this website since 2004. These reports include our travel tales,  researches, photographs and videos.

Our objectives from this website includes:

1-Sharing our trip reports with people who enjoy such travel writings.

2- Documentation of current state of some sites , this might be of vital importance in the future with current environmental destruction caused by accelerated urbanization.

3-We campaign to save desert environment and heritage sites from the ongoing damage.

4- We hope that our website will attract individuals who share the same interest from all over the world for more cooperation.

Finally…this site is in Arabic , you can use Google translate for translation to your language. There is a dedicated button for that at the bottom of each post. Alternatively you can just browse the images.

Prehistoric stone structures in Harrat khaybar (1)
Prehistoric stone structures in Harrat Khaybar(2)
Desert kites in Harrat Khaybar-3
Prehistoric stone structures in Harrat Khaybar(4) A theory for the purpose of Desert Kites By Vanja Janezic

Mawan (part of Zubaydah track)
Rabathah (part of Zubaydah track)
Jabal Thahlan
Jabal Qatan
Hejaz Railway trip (11 parts)
Jabal Mahajah east of Tayma
Qusayba dam near Khaybar
Kharybah Al-Ula
The White crater in Harrat Khaybar
Crossing Harrat khaybar
Jibal Al-Alam
Jabal Saha south of Al-Hasat
Jabal Sabha (Yathbul)
Dahls (desert caves) 4 parts
Yabrin (3 parts)
Crossing between Harrat khaybar and Harrat Ithnan, Suwaymes lava tube
Wadi Rata and the Rock Art
Yamn Wells, Al Qawadim, Al Mathbah, Yatrouha
Jabal Sharaan
Hejaz Railway:Hejr, Mazham,Abu takah
Hejaz Railway:Al Mutalla, Dar Al Hamra
Al Gharamil, (Hoodoods) gharamil al rwala
Hejaz railway: kasm Sana, Al Muadham, Al asad
Hejaz railway: Khamisah,Akhdar station, Boghaz tunnel
Hejaz railway: Mustabghah, Grain ghazal, Birk, Uthily
Harrat Rahat
Wadi Al-Jizel, Abu Rakah with refrence to Alois Musil travels
Jabal Tathra’-Tadra and al Jaw area with refrence to Alois Musil travels
Al Ula
Second Part of Washm Area:Qararin
Third part of Washm area: Shagra and Ashiqr
Jabal Makhrug near Al–Hariq
Jabal Baloum and Graffiti rock
Jabal Ramman(1)
Jabal Ramman (2)
Bir Saja (historical wells)
Jabal Thanaeb west of Afif
Ajala (historical place near Afif)
Syrian pilgrimage road (series of 9 posts)
Hisma palteue
Madyan (Midian)shores:Haql and maqna
Madyan Shores II:Qial
Qa’ bani murr:Early Kufic inscriptions(epigraphy)
The Singing sands in Arabia
Disah-Wadi Damah
Rawafah and it’s Temple
Egyptian Pilgrimage Road-1-Introduction
EPR -2 Haql to wadi A’fal
EPR-3- Madyan-Moses well Magháir Shu’ayb
EPR-4 A’ynunah
EPR-5 Muwaylah
EPR-6 Wadi Azlam Istabl Antar
EPR-7 El wijh- Qala’t Wajh
Ad Dahna

Hoodoos and other geological wonders Between Tayma and Hayel:4 posts

Jabal suwaj

Rock art in suwaj part1
Rock art in suwaj part2

Tumuli Moundfield of Farzan in Al-Kharj: first of it’s kind in Central arabia

Wadi Mibhil,Jabal Qatan,and sites of Ancient Mining

Jabal Jamran a geological wonder

Yauma Al-Nashash pre-islam tribal war

Uthakh:islamic city in Najd thrived on trade and soapstone mining 1000 years agon, now in ruins

Qanats (Kariz) in Al-Kharj in southern Najd

Looking for Saudi Diamonds in Jabal Baloum

A Visit to Al-Aflaj pools and Karez system

Hejaz trip 1:Wadi Hamdh and the ruins of Al-Marwah early islamic villag.

Hejaz trip: crossing Wadi Hamdh through Jabal Ral reaching red sea

Egyptian Pilgrimage road (part8) from Akra to UmLuj

Egyptian Pilgrimage road (part9):wadi Nabt to Yanbu alnakhl

Egyptian pilgrimage road (part10):the station of Yanbu Alnakhl

Egyptian pilgrimage road (part 11): Badr station

Egyptian pilgrimage road (part 12): Abwa -waddan-Harasha

Egyptian pilgrimage road (part13): The caravan reach Megat Al-Juhfah- Rabigh

Hejaz trip: Crossing thrugh mountains from khulays

Birkat Ghamrah and Birkat Wajrh old stations on Iraqi pilgrimage road

the end of Hejaz trip Wabah crater

Kufic Inscriptions in Al-Sayalah near Madinah

More Kufic inscriptions

Jabal qana

Jabal Hillet old islamic gold mining site and village

Hima Thariah east

Rock Art (petroglyphs) between Tath;ith and Najran inclding Abraha inscription part1

Rock Art (petroglyphs) between Tathlith and Najran part2

Rock Art (petroglyphs) between Tathlith and Najran part3

Hisma trip with hundreds of inscriptions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5

South of Al-Kharj Deserts-2-AlBayadh- Petrified woods

South of Al-Kharj-3- Huraysan

Darb Zubaydah (14)

Darb Zubaydah (15)

darb Zubaydah (16)

Darb Zubaydah (17)

Darb Zubaydah (18) . This conclude our reports on Darb Zubaydah, which we covered from iraqi border to makkah in 5 long trips over 5 years.

Harrat Kishb

Jabal Shu’ba In Hima Dharyah

Granite outcrops in Ramadiat area

Rock art in Danan near Al-Ula

Kufic inscriptions in wadi Abu Oud near Al-Ula

Dadan and Ikmah visit

The lost Middle Ages Islamic city of Wadi Al-Qura (Mabyat)

Travel between Hijr and Muu’addam -look at the fantastic  rock formations

Inscriptions in Mazham area

A report on our Journey between Hijr and Tabuk through Harrats to investigate Prophets Tabuk expedition , In this trip we have documented quite interesting inscriptions and natural landmarks:



Part3: darb Al-Bakrah


New patch of  Early Kufic inscriptions from Hisma added to our collection.

Al-Fawarah: An abandoned middle age settlement with Qariz (qanats) irrigation technology

 Very early Arabic epigraphs found in NW Saudi Arabia.

A Short trip to Jabal Muasham in Qasim

Jabal Nataq

Waqba ancient wells Near Hafr Al-Batin


The Pilgrimage Road between Madinah and Makkah: this is a series of articles about the history and current status of this historical road which was started by prophet Muhammed

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Thu-Hilaifah and wadi Malal

Part 3: Sayalah – Rawha wells

Part 4: Rwethah-Athayah

Part 5: From Al-Qahah to Sugia

Part 6: Abwa to Aqabat Harsha

Dating by events in the Early islamic inscriptions from Hisma: Here we present 4 inscriptions , one of them could be dated to year 23 of Hijrah.

Dated inscriptions from Hisma

Aqabat Alsawyig near khulays: this is a very interesting paved road made through a sandy pass to help Egyptian pilgrimage caravans, this was not studied before!.

Discovering a forgotten village under the sand: Ad-Dahna village near Yanbu was a vibrant village on the Egyptian pilgrimage road until the tenth century Hijri-(around 1550s) when it was destroyed by Mamluks . The village was vanished since that time under the moving sand, we have discovered this village thanks to GE and to its Qanats!.

Old islamic villages in Northern Hijaz: Here we study some of the remains of historical villages dating to the first four centuries of islam, these  villages lies between Madinah and Ula.

Part 1 : A’modan

Part 2: Birmah

Part 3: Passing from Birmah to khaybar.

Part 4: Sugia wadi alJizl.



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