The name Habalah comes from Arabic word “habl” meaning “rope”. This tribe had been located by a helicopter out spotting for mining research center, at the foot of a perilous rift.
Why has a place of such difficult access been chosen? – The official account, according to which a clan of the Qahtan tribe had fled the Turks years before, had taken refuge in this perilous area.
This ancient village was built halfway down a cliff, accessible by ropes only.
The site is a unique piece of Saudi history but unfortunately it has become quite commercialised in the last few years, however, it’s still worth the visit.