FIVE SENSES SANCTUARY

FIVE SENSES SANCTUARY

29 Sep - 8 Oct

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AlUla is a destination of extraordinary human and natural heritage, encompassing more than 200,000 years of unexplored human history. Deep in the beautiful deserts of the northwestern region of the country, AlUla is home to countless historic treasures, including the Nabatean city of Hegra - Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, the tombs of Dadan - the stone-built capital of the Dadanite and Lihyanite Kingdoms, and the ancient ruins of AlUla Old Town - a prominent pitstop for pilgrims in the 12th century. 
 
Equally as extraordinary is AlUla’s position as a hub for modern and contemporary culture. AlUla Moments is the destination’s flagship events and festivals calendar that seeks to create moments of excitement, discovery, and delight across arts, culture, music, wellness and more.

What not to miss in AlUla

28 Sep Westlife

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29 Sep - 8 Oct Five Senses Sanctuary

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29 Sep - 15 Oct Rocks n' Roll AlUla

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6 Oct Angham

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13, 14, 15 Oct Hegra's Drone Show

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14 Oct Souad Massi

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AlUla Wellness Festival 2022

Returning for its second edition from 29 September until 16 October, the AlUla Wellness Festival will focus on the healing power of silence.

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AlUla Moments

The region’s bespoke events and flagship festivals. Explore our upcoming events and festivals in 2022.

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Recommended AlUla Itineraries

We’ve thoughtfully crafted 2-, 3- and 5-day itineraries to help tailor your perfect visit to AlUla. Whether you’re looking for the Best of AlUla or to dive deep into adrenaline activities, check out these exciting itineraries for ideas for your trip.

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Hegra

The Nabataean site of Hegra, was the southern capital of the Nabataean kingdom, dating back to the first century BCE. Today, visitors will find that more than 100 well-preserved monumental tombs remain, most with elaborate facades carved from rock formations that are scattered throughout this immense desert landscape.

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AlUla Old Town

Look up at the fort above while walking through the labyrinth of streets of AlUla Old Town that was occupied from the 900s CE until the 1980s. Nearly 900 two-storey mud brick houses, 400 shops, five squares and a mosque populated the oasis town. It was a key stop along the Islamic pilgrimage route from Damascus to Makkah. Travellers, traders and pilgrims would be met outside the town’s walls.

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Dadan

Before the Nabataeans, AlUla was the capital of the ancient kingdoms of Dadan and Lihyan, which controlled the caravan trade in the first millennium BCE. Dadan linked southern Arabian kingdoms producing valuable aromatics to the growing markets in the Mediterranean world. See remarkably well-preserved tombs, expertly carved from a towering red-rock mountain face that overlooks the valley oasis. A special highlight is the famed Lion Tombs marked by seated lion sculptures.

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Jabal Ikmah

What was part of the caravan way station served as a record keeper of sorts with carvings providing information to researchers about the way of life of the Dadanites, Lihyanites and others. Hundreds of inscriptions referring to journeys, pilgrimage, ritual and offerings can be found here. Rock art depicting humans, chariots, harps, camels, bovines, goats, scorpions and ibex can all be spotted.

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AlJadidah

AlUla’s art and culture hub, AlJadidah, is a must-visit location in AlUla. Beautiful murals bring an artistic touch to the pedestrian-friendly area that offers restaurants for dining and five distinct squares to explore.

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Elephant Rock (Jabal Alfil)

Take a seat in our comfortable and stylish sunken seating, sit back and enjoy the view of our most famous geological formation Elephant Rock as she looms large over you.

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AlUla Old Town Market

Explore Old Market Street in AlUla Old Town and shop a variety of retail stores featuring local artisans, entrepreneurs, cafes and more. Cultural activations, handicraft stores, local specialty foods to name a few, are featured for guests to discover and learn more about the wonders of AlUla.

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Harrat Viewpoint

Enjoy the outdoor terrace, built to blend in with the magnificent surroundings. Telescopes allow you to see further, finding constellations and stories among the stars.

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Heritage Tours in AlUla

AlUla Old Town Tour

Take a tour with a Rawi (guide) through AlUla Old Town where pilgrims, travellers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages.

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Hegra Tour

Visit Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest preserved site of the Nabataean civilisation south of Petra.

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Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour

Start your journey through time at Dadan, the ancient Kingdom of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilisations. Next, take a 10-minute drive to Jabal Ikmah situated in a stunning desert canyon.

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Hegra Vintage Land Rover Day Tour

Explore Hegra with our Rawi as you are driven around in a vintage 4x4 Land Rover, each suitable for up to 7 guests.

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Dadan Vintage Land Rover Day Tour

Explore the ancient capital city of Dadan and examine tombs, excavation sites and thousands of early Arabic inscriptions on the Vintage Land Rover Dadan Tour.

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Adventure & Outdoor Experiences in AlUla

Stargazing Experience

Experience the enchantment of desert with stargazing led by Husaak’s star guide. Surrounded by Gharameel’s mystical rock formations you will look up to a blanket of stars and enjoy a traditional grilled dinner alfresco.

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AlUla Zipline Experience

One for thrill seekers, test your nerve by whizzing through the air on the zipline at Harrat Mountain.

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Rock Climbing

Take adventure to the next level with rock climbing on the spectacular mountains of AlUla. Enjoy this fun adventure sport while taking in nature’s beauty surrounding you.

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Via Ferrata & Canyon Hammock

Aerial challenges and suspended obstacles make up the adventurous route of the Via Ferrata. Whether it's the daring heights or stunning canyon views, get ready to take your breath away.

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Abseil

Experience the thrilling adventure of abseiling down AlUla’s magnificent mountain landscapes. Feel the adrenaline rush as you descend downward and embark on this outdoor journey of a lifetime.

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Helicopter Tour

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.

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Cycling Trail

Follow the pack leader on a leisurely bike ride crossing through the sand dunes and surrounded by AlUla’s unique landscapes.

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The Ridge Walk

The Ridge Walk is an easy hiking experience that will fully immerse you in the desert environment, marked by awe-inspiring views of AlUla’s stunning landscape.

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AlUla Buggy Tours

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling buggy ride over the rugged dunes and through the stunning sandstone mountains of AlUla!

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Hidden Valley Hike

Take to the desert during the evening and soak up the tranquil ambiance that surrounds you on this 4km walk. Watch the shadows begin to fall as delicate soft hues of pink and orange paint the sky when the sun sets.

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AlUla Bike Hub

From daily cyclists to leisurely riders, the AlUla Bike Hub is your home for everything related to cycling. Explore 26km of cycling trails in the beauty of AlUla from the freedom of your bike. Enjoy a stop at the Bike Hub Cafe to reenergize with snacks, juices and other light refreshments.

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Dining in AlUla

Suhail Old Town

A high-end Saudi Arabian dining concept serving dishes inspired by old Arabian Peninsula spices and time-honoured traditions, matched with a modern twist and exemplary service.

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Somewhere

Somewhere, tucked into an oasis farm, is a delicious restaurant with beautiful outdoor seating where modern dishes are fused with authentic Mediterranean flavours.

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Circolo

Located on the edge of the AlUla Oasis sits the charming Italian restaurant Circolo. Find authentic antipasti, artisanal pizza and more in this gorgeous outdoor setting.

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Tama at Habitas

Located in the gorgeous Habitas Eco-Resort, Tama is much more than a restaurant. Meaning ‘here and now’ in Aramaic, Tama embodies one of Habitas’ core brand experiences, the essence of being present and keeping people in the here and now. Reopening 21 July.

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Merkaz

Serving a selection of traditional Saudi plates, with a selection of traditional sweets and hot drinks.

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AlNakheel Café

A relaxed and casual dining venue, Palm Garden is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Pink Camel Pastry Boutique AlUla

Tucked away in AlUla’s famous date palms and citrus trees, find the adorable Pink Camel Pastry Boutique. Try their famous macarons or a savoury snack and some coffee and sit and enjoy the shade surrounded by the perfumes of the oasis.

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ACME

ACME’s unique burgers and delicious bites bring fun new flavours to AlUla’s Old Town. From refreshing drinks to savoury snacks, an exciting menu awaits kids and adults alike.

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Le Moulin Bakery

Delicate French pastries and delicious coffee are served all day long at Le Moulin Bakery, found in AlUla’s Old Town.

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Wacafe

Mouthwatering croissants and scrumptious cinnamon rolls fill the cases at Wacafe. Grab the perfect cup of coffee and settle in at this great AlUla Old Town café.

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Plan and Book Your Trip

Learn about the different options to make the most of your time at AlUla. You can book your trip through our preferred booking partners or book your trip yourself by exploring AlUla accommodations and thrilling experiences.

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