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A British woman finds a hidden rock pool in the Neom desert in Saudi Arabia

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Amidst the unique rock formations of the Hasma Desert, formed over millions of years, lies a rock-filled pool of water that may have been a watering station for caravans throughout the civilizations of Saudi Arabia – Arabia. years ago.

And the blogger of travel experiences in the Kingdom, Sheila Russell, discovered this rocky pond, which is carefully hidden between the folds of the “Hasma” mountains, located in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, in the Tabuk region, within the “NEOM” project accidently.

Hidden rock pool in NEOM
Credit: Sheila Russell / @Sauditravelnotes

The British blogger seeks to explore hidden gems by studying maps of the places she visits, she said in an interview with CNN in Arabic.

Russell explains that she was on a trip to explore the “Hasma” desert, which according to the Saudi Press Agency “SPA” is considered an open natural museum of geological formations, adding that at the time she saw “a wonderful mixture of red” sand colors that cover the desert and the surrounding sandy mountains,” explains The majestic desert landscape intertwined with the magnificent rock structures that tower over the sand.

Hidden rock pool in NEOM
Credit: Sheila Russell / @Sauditravelnotes

And between the folds of one of the rocks of the mountains I came across this stony pool full of water.

Russell points out that the blessing It has a narrow channel that allows rainwater falling on the mountain rocks to flow and collect in the rocky pond below.

Since the pond is located at an angle Shady with little exposure to direct sunlight, its water is always cold and subject to minimal water evaporation.

Hidden rock pool in NEOM
Credit: Sheila Russell / @Sauditravelnotes

“I can only imagine how many people have come here over the years to quench their thirst and water their animals,” Russell says.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”, the Hasma Desert has been a stop on the ancient trade route to and from the Arabian Peninsula since time immemorial, and convoys passed through it along successive human civilizations, which explains the diversity of archaeological inscriptions on the rocks of its high mountains.


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