Welcome to Saudi Arabia, home to the captivating Mount Sinai! Embark on a breathtaking journey through the mystic landscapes that surround this renowned biblical site in the ancient land of Midian.. As you venture through this majestic region, you will be amazed by its stunning natural beauty and ancient wonders.
Witness the awe-inspiring and imposing Jebel al-Lawz Mountain Range, believed by many scholars to be the true Mount Sinai. Marvel at its towering peaks, captivating rock formations, and the enchanting Red Sea in the backdrop.
Explore the nearby landmarks, such as altars, rock formations and oases. Discover the fascinating history and cultural significance associated with this iconic location.
Embarking on this incredible adventure, you will have the unique opportunity to decide for yourself if this is indeed the real Mount Sinai. Visit Saudi Arabia and unravel the enigma of one of the most iconic biblical locations in the world.
The Red Sea Crossing Point, known as the site where Moses split the sea and entered Midian, is a significant location that holds great historical significance. According to the Bible, this is the location where Moses and his people escaped from the pursuing Egyptian army by crossing the parted Red Sea. Many people consider this site in Saudi Arabia, specifically across from Nuweiba, as the authentic location of this miraculous event. This Red Sea Crossing Point serves as a touristic site for people of various faiths who come to witness and reflect on the divine intervention that occurred at this remarkable place.
The Oasis of Elim was a very significant stop on the way to Mount Horeb, after their stop to Mara. This place is described in Exodus and by the historian Josephus to have 12 wells and 70 palm trees. There are many trees and ancient wells in this location. The local people say this is one of the places Moses visited while in Midian.
12 Springs of Moses - a local story
At a nearby town called Magna is a place named "Ain Al Musa" or "The spring of Moses". Several natural springs provide year round water and there is some debate over which site is the correct site of Elim. Some locals say that Ain Musa is where Moses found his wife and protected Jethro's flock.
Moses and his people camped in an area that had no water; due to the people’s desperation, which came from the fear of dying of thirst, Moses believed that the wrath of the people would result in him being killed. The deliverance of Moses and his people came about by an incredible miracle that occurred at a place called Rephidim. Moses struck this Rock of Horeb, the rock split and this produced such large volumes of water, that what ensued was described as ‘rivers in the desert’. Seeing this actual miracle up close is a must on any visitor’s journey into Saudi Arabia.
While at Rephidim, Joshua led his army in a battle against the Amalekites who came to attack them. This fight took place in the wilderness after the Israelites left Egypt. As the battle began, Joshua took command of the troops, while Moses went up on a hilltop to pray. Joshua and his soldiers engaged in fierce combat against the Amalekites, with Joshua displaying bravery and skill. With God's intervention, Joshua's army was victorious, ensuring the safety of their people.
The locals call one of the peaks in this range of mountains Jebel Musa (Moses Mountain) or given name Jebel Maqla and another peak Jabal Al Lawz or Jebel Al Lawz (Mountain of Almond). These mountains are part of the only area in Saudi Arabia that gets snow in the winter. Exodus mentions that Mount Sinai or Mount Horeb had a stream that came out from the mountain and to this day there is a seasonal stream that flows directly below Moses altar. Som people who live around these sites claim to be descendants of Jethro or Shuaib (Arabic) and are indeed the ancient people of the tribe of Midian. The area is filled with places where Moses and his people walked through after crossing the Red Sea and heading towards Mount Horeb, right here in Saudi Arabia and we invite you to come, see and decide for yourself.
At the base of Mount Sinai, Moses built a stone altar and raised 12 marble pillars. Of the original 12 pillars, 10 stones in the shape of a cylinder are still there to this day. These sites are some of the most convincing in saying that this is the real Mount Sinai. This altar made of uncut stones that has not been elevated meets the prescribed design given to Moses by God. The two animal corrals in the shape of a chevron lead up to the altar, where one large room is followed by three adjoining rooms.
This site is a very sobering reminder that just in the shadow of the mountain where God was writing the law with his finger, Aaron and the people were constructing a golden idol. The image of which, was likely fashioned to reflect the ancient Egyptian bull gods of Apis and Hathor. A natural rock formation with a relatively flat top; which is strategically located at the intersection of the north/south and the east/west travel corridors, provided the ideal location to showcase their prized deity. The credible evidence that provides authenticity to the site, is etchings of bulls and some rare paintings that are around the sides of the formation.
Elijah’s cave is located 300m in elevation above Moses’ altar. Just above the cave is a sub-peak of Mt Sinai with two boulders and in between them is an ancient cedar tree. Some believe that this tree could be the burning bush. It is also possible that this cave is the cleft that Moses stayed in while receiving the Ten Commandments. The prophet Elijah is said to have also stayed in the location after fleeing for his life.