The largest conserved site of Nabataean civilization south of Petra, in Jordan, these well-preserved tombs feature beautifully carved facades dating back to the first century B.C.E.
In contrast to the surrounding arid desert, the lush AlUla Oasis has a longstanding history as a place for respite and relaxation. It also produces an abundance of unique citrus fruits, dates and more.
Often referred to as the largest “open library” in Saudi, Jabal Ikmah features the most extensive and varied collection of pre-Arabic inscriptions in the kingdom.
The rock outcroppings that dot AlUla’s landscapes are unique and beautifully abstract. There are many ways to explore these incredible natural formations.
Amongst the most significant discoveries in all of AlUla is the city of Dadan. This was the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan kingdoms, one of the most developed cities in northern Arabia at that time.
“It’s just incredible what’s there,” says Daniel Ponzo, an Italian-Swiss expat based in Jeddah and the managing director of Zahid Travel Group. “It’s a living museum. I’ve been there a few times, and what you see in terms of color of the rocks, color of the sand, shape of the rocks — it’s just unique. It’s one of the ultimate beauties of the world.”
Once a major trade hub along the ancient Incense Route connecting the Arabian Peninsula with the Mediterranean countries, the vast 22,000-square-kilometer territory is a lasting reminder of the kingdom’s pre-Islamic history: The Nabataean civilization — which also built the remarkable city of Petra in Jordan — left behind 111 immaculately preserved tombs carved into the sandstone rocks at Hegra. Best of all, “You don’t see the crowds you see at other heritage sites,” Ponzo says. “You feel that you are living this experience alone.”
Surrounded by unique natural rock formations, AlGharameel is located deep in the desert, far from city lights. Gaze up and dine under the stars in this unforgettable experience.
Explore the expansive area of Hegra in a vintage Land Rover, cruising from carved tombs to secret ceremonial chambers.
Take a stroll under towering date palms and meander through remnants of mud-brick houses, local farms and ancient city walls with a guide or on your own.
Hike up to Alfath mountain peak to catch an unforgettable view of AlUla oasis, millions of palm trees below you.
Take to the skies to experience the breath-taking views of stunning desert vistas and iconic landmarks such as Elephant Rock and World UNESCO site, Hegra. View the world from a new angle and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Set in golden desert sands and climbing three stories into the Saudi Arabian sky, is the awe-inspiring elephant rock (also known as Jabal AlFil), one of ALUla’s many geological marvels.
Caravan by Habitas
Experience the wonder and whimsy of glamping in luxury Airstream RVs, surrounded by stunning mountain views and clear, star-studded skies.
The stark contrast of the red hued canyon backdrop and the pool deck at Habitas AlUla create an incredible ambiance for a refreshing swim.