With its picturesque view, this deep crack in a mountain was able to catch the eye as one of the most important tourist attractions in the Tabuk region, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In recent times, visiting the Al-Shaq site has become one of the most important tourist activities in Tabuk, after it imposed itself on the map of tourist sites, as one of the unique models of the terrain that characterizes the Tabuk region.
A majestic scene of a deep mountain fault that split thousands of years ago in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Shaq site is 60 kilometers west of Tabuk, and it forms a slope attached to a flat land, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
As a result of the current torrents, steep mountain ridges were formed that distinguished this crack with a picturesque view, and the pool of water in it from the “Al-Khanbara” valley and the “Hisma” mountains contributed to its lower than the ground level, to a deeper degree than other valleys in Saudi Arabia.
In the region, you can enjoy the views of the mountains that split apart thousands of years ago, according to the official website of Saudi Tourism, “The Spirit of Saudi Arabia.”
Shaq Tabuk in Saudi Arabia
View of Al-Shaq area in Tabuk from the top Credit: Ali ALSUHAIBANI
Saudi photographer Ali Al-Suhaibani says, to CNN in Arabic, that the Al-Shaq area is one of the distinctive and unique geological features that deserve to be visited and documented in Tabuk.
In order to document this distinctive and unique geological phenomenon, Al-Suhaibani used a “Dji Phantom 4 Pro” aerial photography plane, to highlight the beauty of the site’s picturesque view.
Al-Shaq area in Tabuk
Al-Shaq area in Tabuk Credit: Ali ALSUHAIBANI
As for the difficulties that he faced, they were represented in finding suitable angles to clarify the extent of the gap and highlight its distinctive and unique formations, according to what the Saudi photographer said.
Al-Suhaibani recalls the feeling he had during his documentation of this natural phenomenon, saying: “A feeling that is difficult to describe, when I first stood on the edge of the fissure, when I was surprised by the transformation from a flat ground to a narrow and narrow valley lower than the ground level, forming a steep slope, especially when visiting during the rainy season and its transformation To the wonderful falls. “
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