Sadd Qasr al-Bint

Sadd-i Qaasr al-Bint also known as the Khaybar Dam is believed to be of pre-Islamic Nabatean origins. It is one of the largest ancient dams in the Kingdom. According to legend it was built by the Queen of Sheeba. The water from the dams at Khaybar was used to irrigate large plots of date palms. These dates became famous throughout the Arabian Peninsula. In time a large village was established. It was mostly inhabited by Jewish people. During the Muslim expansion under the Prophet Mohammed, Khaybar became an important center.


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circa 100 CE

Sadd-i Qsr al-Bint (Khaybar Dam)

The remains of Sadd-i Qsr al-Bint one of the Khaybar dams. The dam structure is around 135 meters long and 20 meters high, constructed on a dried out river bed and almost one third of it has been breached. The upstream face is plastered with yellow mortar, the downstream face with bare stone.

circa 100 CE

Sadd-i Qsr al-Bint (Khaybar Dam)

Panoramic view of the Sidd-i Qasr al-Bint. It is unclear when the Khaybar Dam was originally built. There is evidence that it is pre-Islamic. There are actually several dams at this site. On the left is the dam known as Sadd Qasr al-Bint. Locals say it may have been built by the Queen of Sheeba, reminiscent of the Marib Dam in Yemen.

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