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Nabatean tombs from the first century AD in the area of Mughair Shuaib near Al-Bidaa, Saudi Arabia. The area is known as Mughair Shuaib because it is in the region known as Midian where people of Prophet Shuaib used to live. The remains of the old town of Al-Bidaa were called “Jethro”. The people in the area claimed that Prophet Moses’s father-in-law lived in that village. Old Arabic maps show the name of this small town as ‘Midian’.

Seen here is a tomb with elaborate decorative designs on the outside face. The insides of the tombs are relatively simple with just a room with tombs in the walls and the floor to bury the dead. The outsides of the tombs were works of art reflecting the importance and stature of those buried within.

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