There are few places in the world where you can feel like a true explorer charting the unknown. In many historic destinations, the illusion of discovery is promptly shattered by a jungle of selfie sticks. But in AlUla, which is home to Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, deep in the desert in the northwestern region of the country, you might still be able to play out your fantasy of being an intrepid archaeologist for a day.
Despite all the makings of a bucket list-topping global destination — ancient tombs that remain as the legacy of 7,000 years of human civilization, stunning natural rock formations and canyons, a plethora of adventure sports options and cutting-edge art installations — AlUla remains largely off the global tourism radar, giving you plenty of space and time for reflection with the silence of the vast desert and the monumentality of its natural assets.
Oasis of Al Ula
Dispite 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.
Tombs at Hegra
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.
Rock art in Ikham mountain
Often referred to as the largest “open library” in Saudi, Ikmah mountain features the largest and most varied collection of pre-Arabic inscriptions in the kingdom.
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.