The expedition is the first in a series of challenging Land Rover journeys that are currently underway across the region, and follows two Saudi nationals; Faisal Binladen and Salman Sultan as the duo trace the Hejaz Railway route from Madinah to Tabuk in just four days. The expedition is captured in a three part documentary series highlighting some truly stunning, albeit challenging terrains across the Kingdom.
During the documentary, viewers will follow the Hejaz Railway route up to the border between KSA and Jordan, where Salman and Faisal explore the history behind the railway network, of which only a few train stations still remain. Showcasing the challenging conditions endured during the construction of the Hejaz Railway, the series captures the Land Rover LR4 expedition on and off-road as it tackles an ever-changing terrain, harsh driving environments and an arid climate through the desert and mountains.
Speaking about the adventure, Salman Sultan PR, Social Media and Events Manager for Jaguar Land Rover MENA and one of the explorers on the journey commented: “Rich in culture and heritage, we are immensely lucky and proud to be part of this region that has so many fascinating stories to tell. Trailing the Hejaz Railway in the LR4 allowed us to tackle environmental obstacles and conquer the often challenging terrain to really embark on an extraordinary adventure tracing this unique project’s history. We hope that by capturing our adventure along the way and sharing it that we did Saudi’s heritage justice.”
Full episodes coming below.
Episode One | First Day Surprises
Salman Sultan and Faisal BinLaden set off on an adventure with Land Rover to explore one of the oldest railways in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Starting their trip from the Holy city of Al Madinah Al-Munawarah, the two Saudi adventurers set off north towards the historical city of Al-`Ula. During the journey they come across historical sites and fascinating discoveries.
Watch episode one of this epic journey to discover some of the most amazing places yet to be discovered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Episode Two | History in Front of me
It’s the second day of the rediscovery the Hejaz Railway adventure with Land Rover. Faisal and Salman head to Mada’in Saleh, one of the most important stations on the Hejaz Railway.
The Hejaz Railway was built to transport pilgrims and travellers coming from Damascus to visit Al Madinah Al-Munawarah. The Railway has around 16 buildings, which comprise of a clinic, restaurants and even a motel, so travellers could stop over on the way.
Watch the second episode of Rediscovering the Hejaz Railway and get to explore the most important historical sites along the journey: Mada'in Saleh station and the city of Al-`Ula.
Episode Three | Discovering the hidden kingdom
On the final day, Salman wakes up realising he is twelve hundred meters above sea level on top of a mountain overlooking the city of Al-`Ula.
Watch Salman and Faisal drive from Al-`Ula to Tabuk reaching their final destination in Wadi Dissa.