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also Nab·a·te·an  (năb′ə-tē′ən)
1. A subject of the kingdom of Nabataea.
2. The Aramaic dialect of the Nabataeans.
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(ˌnæbəˈtiːən) or


1. (Peoples) a member of an Arab trading people who flourished southeast of Palestine, around Petra, in the Hellenistic and Roman periods
2. (Languages) the extinct form of Aramaic spoken by this people
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As Suchard puts it: 'I think this project is really exciting because the Nabataeans are right at the crossroads of the Aramaic-writing of Ancient Near East, the Roman Empire, and the Arabic world of early Islam.
Al-Ula is home to spectacular sandstone rock formations and home to the kingdom's first Unesco World Heritage Site, Madain Saleh, built more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans.
The site of the concerts is adjacent to Mada'in Saleh, a major UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, once home to major civilisations including the ancient kingdoms of Dadan/Lihyan and the Nabataeans.
The Nabataeans were an Arab people living in antiquity around Petra, but whose settlements extended down to Hejaz.
Historically located at the crossroads of the incense trade route between Southern Arabia and Egypt, the walled city packed with mud-brick and stone houses is said to have been built over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans.
Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority (PDTRA), Mohammad Nawafleh, briefed the Hungarian President on the city's history and the Arabs Nabataeans' role in carving and fortifying it, as well as its importance as the second among the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Treasury is simply the most elaborate monument in the Arab city originally known as Raqmu, once home to some 20,000 to 30,000 Nabataeans. Stone construction, mostly of tombs, was begun around 50 BC when these Bedouin nomads found themselves at a prosperous crossroads for traders from Egypt, Rome, India, and China.
In the light of day, one can see Roman and Greek gods alongside those of the Nabataeans. Medusa and Nike, as well as Amazon warriors with their axes held aloft, alongside symbols representing the supreme deity, Dushara, and his consort Isis, or al-Uzza.
Impossibly yet intricately handcarved into the massive rose-red sandstone cliff by the ancient Nabataeans is the Al Khazna or the Treasury, without doubt the signature monument in the lost city of Petra.
The town was founded in the 6th century and serves as the gateway to the Kingdom's first Unesco World Heritage Site, Mada'en Saleh, build over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans, who also carved Petra in Jordan, said the tourism officials.
Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan.