The Heart of Arabia Expedition will embark on a two-stage 1,300km journey across Saudi Arabia, loosely following the route of the explorer Harry St John (Abdullah) Philby who first made this remarkable journey exactly 105 years ago. As with Philby, our own journey will gather primary field data, supporting three specific areas of research. Our podcasts will enable you to follow our progress, learn about the endeavours and achievements of the explorer Philby, and discover the extraordinary beauty and diversity of Arabia.
In the final days and nights of the Heart of Arabia Expedition the team, and Philby, faced some of the hardest terrain of both their expeditions. Vast open expanses of desert dunes followed by the ancient volcanic fields of harat.
As Mark, Reem, Ana-Maria and Alan get closer to their goal of...
Re-join Mark and The Heart of Arabia Expedition Team at the ancient site of Old Diriyah, the birthplace of the first Saudi state, historical crossroads of pilgrims and traders. It is also where Philby left Riyadh behind and followed the Pilgram Road west to Jeddah.
The terrain, climate and...