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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Marble Village of Dhee Ayn in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia

Art is the basis of every culture and has played an important role in various civilizations. Architecture defines the society and reflects on their strong held natural resources. Every civilization reflects its norms and values with their infrastructure; we understand their source of entertainment, their lifestyle, their religious inclination and their health standards. We can depict the prevailing weather conditions in the region due to which the infrastructure was designed in the particular manner. A very famous village in Saudi Arabia, DheeAyn is known for its beautiful architecture. The village is visible from a distance because of its angelic white glow, designed on rocky outcrop the houses are built of not marble but of flake stone and slate thus its title “Marble Village”.The village is famous for its famous and high quality plantation of lemon, banana and basil leaves.



Regardless of the rugged terrain, due to the abundance of water, farmers were able to have several banana fields, very famous for their sweet taste and size. They also cultivate peppers along with a few roses, Kadil and aromatic herbs such as basil. The village is a tourist destination and is a must see place in Al Bahah region. Al Bahah province has approximately 1,001 towers which were built to protect the villages and infrastructure from invaders and now after much erosion are left in ruins. The route from the city to the village provides scenic beauty for the traveler due to the infrastructure. There are several historical monuments and slate towers on the road that leads to the village.



As the village dates back 400 years, around the 10th century Hegira, it is built on a gleaming white stone mountain and has a number of mosques and small houses which vary from two to seven floors in contrasting shades of gray. The village is surrounded by a wide palate of colors ranging from gray houses, crystal blue waterfall to green fields. The waterfall however is a very desirable tourist spot in the village and people do pay a visit when nearby, they charge a minimum entry fee to maintain the premises and encourage families and individuals to explore the area and enjoy the beauty. This is also a great way for the villagers to promote their culture and encourage their cottage industries by providing souvenirs for the tourists.


Having its historical importance, this 400 year old village was abandoned around 30-40 years back due to the erosion of land, buildings and unavailability of resources for a livelihood. This erosion has led to the visitors to be cautious while touring as all objects and monuments are in decay and could cause damage.


If tall that the white beauty has to offer has not already convinced you enough, we highly recommend visiting the village in order to get more in touch with the culture of the Kingdom whether you are a local or a foreigner, it is never too late to learn more and explore more of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


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