In the 14th century Ibn Batutta's travel took him through Tabuk on the way to Madinah from Damascus.Tabuk was an important stop in those days on the land route to perform Hajj, coming from the North. The Pilgrim caravans would stop here to fully prepare to cross the harsh desert at high speed.
Today travelers can see the old Tabuk Fortress in the city and the Hejaz Railway Station. The Hejaz Railway Station dates back to the Ottoman Empire and used to connect Al Madinah Al Munawarrah to Damascus.
Another interesting place to visit is Al Bidaa an archeological town with a splendid history. There are several caves carved in the mountains and some important archeological sites that can be visited. Some of these sites include Al Khuraibah, Al Muwailih, Rawwafa, Al Muzim and Taima. Travelers can see resting places, wells and fortresses at these sites.
There are a number of places to shop in Tabuk. Some of the places to shop include Prince Fahd bin Sultan Avenue, Al-Hokair Center, Spikes Complex, Tabuk City Center and the central region market. Of course the food is all Halal here.