These cliffs rise abrupt­ly from the desert and stretch towards the sky like a huge nat­ur­al wall. When you stand on top and look at the hori­zon, it seems as if the end­less sky is melt­ing into a bar­ren land. World’s End (Jabel Fikhrain) is an unex­pect­ed and dra­mat­ic geo­log­i­cal won­der in the rocky desert north­west of Riyadh, Sau­di Ara­bia. The land­mark gets its nick­name because at the top of the escarp­ment you have an unin­ter­rupt­ed view of the hori­zon.

rock end of the world

It is part of the much longer Tuvay­ka escarp­ment, which descends 300 meters into the ancient ocean floor. Stand­ing on the rocks, you will see dry rivers weav­ing along the ground and camels mov­ing far below. These camels and their shep­herds fol­low the beat­en path of an ancient car­a­van route that once passed in the shad­ow of the rocks. There are sev­er­al hik­ing trails on and around the rocks. If you pass through a point called the “win­dow”, you can descend to the low­er plateau. Keep an eye on the fos­sils as you explore and be care­ful as the grav­el is loose and the rocks are sharp.

You’ll need an SUV with a per­mit to get here, but four-wheel dri­ve is option­al. A guide/tour is also option­al. You should be famil­iar with dri­ving on dirt roads with heavy pot­holes, as it’s easy enough to punc­ture tires if you dri­ve too fast and end up in one of the rocky, sharp-edged pot­holes. The trip from Riyadh will take from one and a half to two hours.

See also
Lexiaguo - Red Earth of China