Locally named Jebel Fihrayn but known as the “Edge Of The World” to foreign tourists, it is now the most popular day trip from the Saudi capital.
Unknown to the outside world before Saudi Arabia opened up to tourist in 2019 it has now fast become a “must-visit tourist site” in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Edge of the world is part of The Tuwaiq escarpment that runs approximately 800km/500miles through central Saudi-Arabia from Al-Qasim in the north of the Kingdom, to the Edge of the Empty Quarter in the southern part of the country.
The Tuwaiq’s cliffs were formed around 50 million years ago when the Arabian Plate shifted toward the northeast as the Red Sea Rift spread apart beginning in the Eocene Epoch.
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Bit what makes exactly this spot unique is the beautiful view spots on top of the 200m high cliffs. It really looks like the Edge of the world.
There´s nothing here between you and the endless horizons in front of you, just the dry valley floor beneath you. But at least the view is superb from here.
While the main thing here to look out from the cliff and into the horizon, so should you also look down, the ground here is full of old fossils if you look closely. And when driving towards the Edge of the world, so is there a “secret” cave along the way which is worth a visit.
How to visit the Edge Of The World.
The Edge of the world/Jebel Fihrayn is located about 100km north of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia the journey takes 1,5hour to 2hours each way.
There´s no public transportation to the Edge of the world, so you basically got two options, book a day tour with a travel company in Riyadh or rent a car and drive here yourself.
Despite what a lot of information online tells you, a 4×4 vehicle is not required to get to the Edge of the world, but it will make the drive much more accessible and comfortable since the last part of the journey is on sandy roads.
If you decide to rent a car yourself, so do I recommend you to use the app maps.me
Take the King Khaled Road (535) heading north towards Salbouk, after around 30km will you get to a large intersection, turn left on the 5762 towards Jubayla. Follow the road all the way to you pass a place called Sadus, just after Sadus turn left onto a dirt road towards Sadus Dam.
There are also reports of people finding divers on Uber and Careem willing to take them to Edge of the world and back for lower prices than the tour companies.
What to bring to the Edge of the World.
Everything you need, there´s no shops or restaurants in the area, the closest is in Sadus, the last place before you turn off unto the dirt road.
Be sure to bring a lot of water and food, there´s no shade in the area, and the temperature can reach 45+, suncream, sunglasses and a hat is also recommended.
Where to stay close to Edge of the world?
There´s no accommodation option in the area; the closest hotels and guesthouses are all back in Riyadh. But you are free to wild camp at the Edge of the world, a popular activity among locals in Riyadh.
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