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Khaybar Village and Dam

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. This particular dam is around 135 meters long and 20 meters high.

The front of the dam is plastered with yellow mortar. There is evidence of sluice gates and other water controlling devices.

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, and the Battle for Khaybar is often mentioned in the Hadith records.
 Left: The fort at Khaybar. When Mohammed and his troops took Khaybar the Jews retreated to this fortress on the hill. It is rumored that the Jews survived here for eight months living on dates and milk. We have searched for historical reference to this event, but have not found any, other than what is listed on this page. If you know of any concrete references, please contact us.
There are many stories to feed the imagination, tales of plague, witches, and treasure at Khaybar, which is why all the roofs have been removed -- people believed that the villages hid their treasure under their roofs.

All the photos on this page are by Silvija Seres, 2002. Used with Permission. Please visit her travel site (

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