Cliffs of The Edge of the World (1131 m) dramatically rise from the desert just around 80 kilometers northwest of Riyadh. The Edge of the World (Jebel Fihrayn) is an unexpected and dramatic geological wonder in the rocky desert. It earned its nickname because you have an uninterrupted view of the horizon from atop the escarpment. It’s part of the much longer Tuwaiq Escarpment and drops 305 meters into an ancient ocean bed.
We got information that the route via Accacia Valley is closed (the gate probably opens only on Friday and Saturday). So we took another path from Sadus Dam. Immediately, we realized that it would not be for our truck, so we hired a local man with his small car (200 SAR). The route was rough and, in some parts, nearly impassable with the small 2WD car. Still, we made it to the artificial wall made by local authorities 4 kilometers from The Edge of the World to prevent vehicles from coming there. We broke the wheel and damaged the front bumper there, so we waited a few hours for another car to pick us up.
After our unsuccessful approach, the next day, we luckily found another car and made it finally to the Edge of the World. You will need an SUV with high clearance to get there, not necessarily 4WD, but it would definitely be much better. You should be familiar with driving on dirt, rocky roads that are heavily potholed, as it is easy enough to pop a tire. The drive from Sadus Dam took us around 1 hour, and for the whole journey, there was full STC 4G coverage, with some short exceptions. Each way to The Edge of the World looks constantly changing, so hiring a local driver who knows the best route is better. We have a few contacts to share; they will be happy for any business in this poor region.
Parking location – The Edge of the World: 24.947341N 45.990906E