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The awe-inspiring Sarawat Mountains were captured during an early morning drive from Taif to Jeddah.

Taif, Saudi Arabia
The Sarawat Mountains, also known as Sarat in singular, are part of the Hijaz Mountains in the western Arabian Peninsula.

Taif (الطائف) city, located in the Sarawat Mountains at an altitude of 1,879m, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and majestic rugged charm. This Saudi hill station draws visitors with its mountain resorts and temperate climate. Taif’s rugged peaks, once submerged beneath the sea, have evolved into a stunning granite landscape. This transformation stands as a testament to nature’s enduring power, shaped by time and weather. The mountains are predominantly barren yet adorned with scattered juniper vegetation. The 23km Alhada road that meanders through the Sarawat Mountains towards the Taif plateau, is a four-lane highway offering travelers an opportunity to witness nature’s handiwork and experience the raw beauty of the region.

Taif, Saudi Arabia

As you traverse this scenic route, the temperature fluctuates dramatically, unveiling the diverse climate of Taif’s terrain.

Taif, Saudi Arabia
The Sarawat extends from Taif in Saudi Arabia to the Gulf of Aden, covering the entire western coast of Yemen. In Yemen, the Sarawat is divided into western and central highlands, with the western highlands receiving substantial precipitation.

Taif – Unearthing the Beauty of Rugged Peaks of Sarawat Mountains

Taif, Saudi Arabia
Geographically, the Sarawat Mountains run parallel to the eastern coast of the Red Sea, encompassing Fifa’, ‘Asir, and Taif.
Sarawat Mountains, Taif
Some peaks of the Sarawat are rocky, while others are smoother due to weathering. The western slopes of the Sarawat end abruptly near the Red Sea, while the eastern side slopes downward more gently.
Sarawat Mountains, Taif

Taif’s rugged charm has left an indelible mark on those who dare to venture into its heights while fascinating travelers for generations.

Sarawat Mountains, Taif
The central highlands of the Sarawat have the highest mountains in the Arabian Peninsula. The Haraz Mountains in Yemen, part of the Sarawat, include peaks exceeding 3,000m, with Jabal An-Nabi Shu’ayb being the highest at 3,666m. It is not only the highest peak in Sarawat but also the highest in Arabia.
Sarawat Mountains, Taif
Sarawat Mountains, Taif
Camels, Makkah

Came across a herd of camels in the middle of nowhere outside Makkah City on our way back to Jeddah. The recent rain spell in the desert provided a lot of vegetation for them to enjoy.

Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Camels, Makkah
Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Camels, Makkah
Makkah, Saudi Arabia

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It all began in my late teens with my father’s Mamiya 35mm SLR camera. Back then, learning photography and becoming a photographer in the traditional sense wasn’t my objective. What truly fascinated me was the power of capturing and preserving moments, allowing me to revisit them later.

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