Ha'il is an ancient city famous as the birthplace of Hatem al-Tai, one of the country's most beloved poets. Venture out the city and you'll discover a wonderland of rugged peaks, lush valleys and hidden oases.
Things to do in Ha'il
Shop for treasures in Barzan Souk, a bustling marketplace that occupies the former site of Barzan Palace and sells everything from sparkling jewellery to colourful spices. For high-street brands, head to the Garden Mall, where you'll find lifestyle and fashion stores.
Thrilling 4WD safaris are a fantastic way to explore the Ha'il region. Venture into the Aja Mountains to discover rugged granite peaks, crystal-clear springs and cascading waterfalls. The mountains are also dotted with lagoons surrounded by lush palms and acacia trees. For an off-the-grid experience, sign up for an overnight camel safari.
For the best views in town, head up to Airif Fort. The hilltop stronghold was built from mud-brick adobe and has been watching over the city for more than 200 years. Climb up the main watchtower for sweeping views over the city and Aja Mountains.
Foodies flock to At-Turathy Restaurant, an atmospheric eatery housed in a historic mud-brick building. Meals are served at low tables surrounded by colourful cushions, while the walls are adorned with local art and handicrafts from across the region.
Getting around Ha'il
Parts of Ha'il are easy to get around on foot, while the city is also well-serviced by local buses and taxis. Domestic flights arrive at Ha'il Regional Airport, a 15-minute drive away.