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Not to be confused with Tabuk City, Philippines.
Wheel limpet shells originating from the Red Sea near Tabuk

Tabuk (Arabic: تبوك Tabūk), also spelled Tabouk, is the capital city of the Tabuk province in northwestern Saudi Arabia. It has a population of 551,124 (2017 census).



Around 500 BC, Tabuk town (then known as Taboo) was, together with Al Ola, the capital of the prosperous Al Ayaneyean. Around Tabuk, the Battle of Tabouk took place in the time of the prophet Muhammad.

Geography and climate[edit]

Desertous continental weather with hot summers and mild winters. Temperature in the summers are between 26-46°C while in winter they're between 4-18°C, with wide spread frosts. Freezes are common with temperatures reaching low -6°C in some winters. Rainfall in Tabuk Area falls in the winter months from November to March and precipitation ranges between 50 – 150 mm with some not uncommon snow every 3–4 years.

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Map of Tabuk


Tabuk mosque
  • 1 Tabuk Museum (متحف تبوك). Large regional history museum. The museum is built at the former railway station of the Hijaz railway, which once connected Damascus with Medina. Tabuk Museum (Q20401763) on Wikidata
  • 2 Tabuk Castle (قلعة تبوك). Built in 1559. Now houses a museum. Tabuk Castle (Q25454119) on Wikidata Tabuk Castle on Wikipedia
  • 3 Tabuk Mosque (مسجد التوبة). Main mosque in Tabuk, the current structure dates back to 1651. Tabuk Mosque (Q111495424) on Wikidata
  • Nearby archeological sites, including Al Bidaa


The Red Sea coast of Tabuk province appears to be rich with shells. However, the nearest Red Sea town, Duba, is 195 km from Tabuk city via Route 80, a drive that takes over 2½ hours.






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