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.
Despite ancient tombs, stunning natural rock formations and canyons and cutting-edge art installations, AlUla remains a largely off-the-radar location, giving you time and space for reflection.
Often referred to as the largest “open library” in Saudi, Jabal Ikmah features the largest and most varied collection of pre-Arabic inscriptions in the kingdom.
The rock outcroppings that dot AlUla’s landscapes are all unique and beautifully abstract.
Amongst the most significant discoveries in all of AlUla is the city of Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan kingdoms.
“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.”
AlUla is a fantastic place for stargazing. At AlGharameel, you can enjoy a traditional bedouin set-up, with an expert guide on hand to tell you about the stars and constellations, and how they relate to AlUla’s culture and history.
Lace up your hiking-shoes and hit the mountains for a half day journey led by an expert guide through the rocky terrain.
Follow the pack leader on a leisurely bike ride crossing through the sand dunes and surrounded by AlUla’s unique landscapes
Hike up to Alfath mountain peak to catch an unforgettable view of AlUla oasis, millions of palm trees below you.
You’ll find high-end villas, gourmet restaurants and a spa at the Ashar Resort - opening mid 2021.
The pool deck of Habitas is located among sandstone canyons - opening mid 2021.