AlUla offers an incredible array of unique experiences ideally suited to discerning travellers seeking to uncover the secrets of this new international destination, located in the north-west of Saudi Arabia.
A place of extraordinary natural and human heritage, the landscape of AlUla includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites. A minimum stay of four nights is recommended to fully explore the region, including touring the heritage sites and allowing enough time to enjoy the local experiences.
Discover this ancient land and embark on a new journey to experience the very best of AlUla.
Best seen from the air
Experience the breathtaking views of AlUla’s stunning desert vistas and landscapes by taking a helicopter tour. Be awed by the bird’s eye view of iconic landmarks such as Elephant Rock, Maraya and AlUla Old Town. Fly over the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra and take photos of the famous sandstone tombs. Sit back and relax while your pilot guides you over the land to identify the old and the new developments.
Local shopping experiences
Visit the Old Town Market to shop for locally made arts and crafts, souvenirs and homewares. Desert Designs offers an irresistible range of jewellery, homewares, gifts and Sadu products – made both locally and regionally. Newly opened Otta offers one-of-a-kind hand-crafted ceramics. Look out for the local oil press store offer products containing the magic Moringa and other oils.
Sunset at Elephant Rock
Set in golden desert sand, Jabal AlFil, commonly known as Elephant Rock is one of AlUla’s most stunning geological marvels. Just before sunset, take a seat in the stylish sunken seating, sit back and enjoy Arabic coffee and sweets and watch the light change. No two visits are ever the same!
Starry starry night
Experience the enchantment of a desert stargazing tour led by local experts. Far from city lights, vast open spaces in remote desert lands create some of the world’s most enviable dark skies, making AlUla an idyllic locale for star watching. Enjoy a Saudi traditional dinner under the stars during the daily-operated tours of stargazing and moonlit nights. An absolute highlight on any visitor’s itinerary, stargazing in AlUla is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Night hike the desert
Experience the Hidden Valley Hiking Tour through AlUla’s dramatic landscapes and feel the wonder and peacefulness of the Arabian desert – at night. The hike is approximately 1.5 hours from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and is suitable for medium-level walkers as most of the trail is through soft sand. Pull on your hiking boots and take on the challenge to explore this beautiful landscape where people have lived for thousands of years.
Enjoy some sea with your sand
You might be surprised to know the Red Sea coastal town of Al Wajh is just a couple of hours drive from AlUla. You can be snorkeling the kaleidoscope of underground life at the Red Sea on one day, and awed by the precision of the creations our ancestors left behind on land the day after. A day trip to the Red Sea is an easy add-on to your stay in AlUla.
Brunch, lunch and dinner
AlUla offers an array of culinary experiences, whether it’s regional cuisine from Nahkeel – famous for its murtabak – traditional dishes at Merkaz, the many choices of coffees and juices at Al Rahbas or a taste of all things Saudi at the popular up-market Suhail. A wonderful way to start the day is to enjoy a long leisurely brunch of eggs, pastries, scrumptious toasties washed down with a lemon and mint juice at the Pink Camel café situated within the oasis.
An easy 3km walk on the Oasis Trail from Dadan to AlUla Old Town, offers visitors an extraordinary nature stroll beneath the shadows of the palms through date and citrus farms. Suitable for families and nature-lovers of all ages.
Scheduled to open in Q4 of 2021, Banyan Tree will operate the expanded Ashar Resort. Currently undergoing an extensive renovation, the Banyan Tree will open with approximately 80 high-end villas, along with a luxury spa and several gourmet restaurants.
The sensitive design of the property will allow each villa to blend discreetly into the striking natural scenery of the Ashar Valley, located 15km from AlUla’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra.
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