The Secret Lake: Riyadh’s Hidden Gem (eBook)

5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


A digital Guidebook to one of the lesser known beautiful spots in the desert just outside of Riyadh.  This location has been named the “Secret Lake” by guidebook author and Saudi Arabia travel expert Laura Alho in 2012.  Read more about the author here: About Blue Abaya

The original article about Secret Lake was published on Blue Abaya in 2012. Read more about it here: Riyadh’s Secret Lake

This tranquil lake fills with deep, clear rain water every year. The lake is nestled between steep desert valleys and the scenery there is stunning. The lake’s hidden location in the valley makes a true Riyadh Hidden Gem.

This guide book was written and published by Blue Abaya in 2016 to help guide you to the Secret Lake. The ebook includes an introduction to the lake area, tips about visiting the lake, detailed drive instructions with images included, maps and gps coordinates, all to help make your journey to the Secret Lake as smooth as possible. Please keep in mind a SUV vehicle is needed to reach the location.

This eBook contains all the necessary GPS coordinates, maps and images of step-by-step directions to safely get you to the Secret Lake.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please do NOT leave your garbage behind at Secret Lake! This place is in natural state, there are no trash bins available, nor will anyone come to clean up after your picnic! Everyone MUST take their trash back to the city with them. Littering is punishable under Saudi law. Please leave ONLY footprints there. Secret Lake is a very fragile environment and leaving plastic and other trash there will harm the birds, frogs, fish and other animals living there.


*Please note that this is a digital product, not a physical book. You will receive an email with a link to download your ebook as a PDF file once payment has been confirmed. You can pay with PayPal or credit card.

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It is prohibited under Saudi Arabia’s copyright laws to distribute or copy this ebook.

6 reviews for The Secret Lake: Riyadh’s Hidden Gem (eBook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Love it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Such a great ebook.Detailed information with wonderful pictures. The way you have described the scenery has made me too excited to visit the place as soon as possible.
    Thanks a lot for putting this altogether!

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Ive lived in Riyadh for a decade – but didnt know about this lake. It is truly Secret! Thank you, Blue Abaya!

    The e-book was excellent – the directions were precise and easy to follow – whether you had a GPS reader or not! The painstaking effort that must have gone through the prep of the book is quite evident in the result!

    The lake was beautiful – beautiful deep blue crystal clear waters, in some parts a lovely green because of the aquatic plants visible through the clear waters.

    I loved your request to respect the beautiful site and not leave behind footprints – other than those on the sands!

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    When I first read about this “hidden gem” I remember telling my husband ” a large body of water in Riyadh,we have to go and see it!!” After inquiring and learning about the ebook I thought hmmm do we really have to purchase an ebook to find this lake? After receiving the ebook we realized that it is impossible to get to this lake without the directions that are carefully detailed in this handy ebook, simple gps co ordinates would not suffice in finding this location!!! In following the directions to the T we came to a point about 1.5km from the secret lake, at this point we could not drive any further as the road was flooded by the recent rains and it was impossible to drive through it, we parked our cars,took whatever we could manage to carry and decided to brave the walk. We had no access to a pathway and had to climb up an embankment and walk along a path to get to the other side, the climb up was a bit tricky as there were many loose rocks but once we got to the other side, it was an easy walk along a flowing river.The sound of the water trickling with birds chirping in the background was music to our ears…. The children’s eyes lit up when they saw the flowing streams and immediately ran to play in the water.We decided to picnic and barbecue about 800 meters away from the lake…. An area which is normally a road to the lake itself,but now a pathway of a flowing river and shaded by trees.

    The lake is filled with a lot of water, beautiful reeds, birdlife, it’s so quiet and peaceful….. And it’s clean!!!!

    I would definitely recommend a visit to the Secret Lake, if you have little kids now would be a good time as they can play in the streams, the lake is deep so on any other day without the flowing river and streams they’d not be able to play in the water, I would recommend that you go in a group, it is a bit isolated so for your comfort it’s better to go In a bigger group. Ladies can remove their abayas and soak up some vitamin D.

    Please clean up, and be sure to leave the lake as you found it!!! If you decide to go during this week please do not attempt to drive through the water as we witnessed a car trying to do this and ended with their car flooding and they ended up on the roof!

    Have fun and be sure to visit soon

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    THANKYOU so much for the clear details and directions in the book along with the wonderful photographs. The roads were flooded, due to the heavy rains during the week but we met an incredibly kind and helpful Yemani man who managed one of the farms, he waded through the water in front of the car and directed my husband as far along the “road” as possible before we had to leave the car. He then proceeded to lead us through a farm, over a wall and down an embankment to the lake and insisted we go for chai also!
    We loved every minute of our time there and apart from our kind guide we did not see one other human while there, which was just perfect.
    We spent hours just walking, sitting, talking,listening to the birds and looking for fossils so thank you so much for both the book and teaching us about the location of the lake.

    My husband is Saudi and he never knew about the existence of this place….I have a feeling it will be the first of many visits!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Thanks to your excellent directions we found the secret lake. Its really amazing. It was full of water as it rained a lot this year. We recommend going there before it becomes too hot and the lake dries. Thanks again!

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