Alula skies festival 27 - FEBRUARY - 12 MARCH

It's no secret that the fascinating geological landscapes of AlUla, from the volcanic plains to the ancient heritage sites, are best seen from the air. AlUla Skies was a two-week festival celebrating all things skies! The sky was alive with action, whether floating serenely over Hegra in a hot air balloon or seeing AlUla's most famous landmarks from above in a helicopter tour. Nighttime was no different, with an innovative take on stargazing that brought the world's longest drone show soaring through the night sky and a spine-tingling Symphony Under the Stars set under the magnificent Arc Rock. In AlUla, the sky is the limit!

AlUla Skies Festival Highlights

Constellations

Guests explored space in an immersive constellation show influenced by the rich history and culture of AlUla. They watched the world's longest drone show, in a 34-minute fantastic performance of drones sharing the sky with the magnificent stars, drawing ancient constellations.

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Symphony Under the Stars

Combining classical music and special effects, Symphony Under the Stars was dedicated to the spectacular starry night of the desert of AlUla. Under the backlit Arch Rock, Italian pianist Dardust led a magnificent Symphony Under the Stars in a show like no other. This modern take on classical music had the audience on their feet for a spectacular performance.

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Hot Air Balloon Experience

The skies of AlUla were magically filled with colourful hot air balloons for ten days in this celebration of the AlUla Skies Festival. With sunrise flights, tethered flights and a successful attempt for the Guinness World Records™ title for the World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show, there was something for everyone!

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A Guinness World Records™ Title Event Hot Air Balloons Glow Show

In the calm of the desert night, balloons glowed like giant light bulbs or lanterns, giving a spectacular display for the audience! The flickering flames of AlUla's hot air balloons made the brilliant colours pop against the dark AlUla skies, dancing along to the beat of Saudi DJ Jamal Mohammed each night of the AlUla Skies Festival.

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Still Running Through 31 March Vintage Aircraft Exhibition Experience

In celebration of the AlUla Skies, the AlUla International Airport has become a museum of vintage aircrafts from the 1930s and 1940s, in a spectacular Vintage Aircraft Exhibition Experience. From a flight simulator to the chance to try on a pilot's uniform for the perfect photo, this amazing experience is all about the "Golden Age of Aviation."

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AlUla Breaks the Guinness World Records™ Title

The World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show took place on 1st March 2022 as part of AlUla Skies. A total of 142 brightly-lit balloons were counted as part of this record-breaking feat. The previous record was also achieved in AlUla during its arts and cultural festival, Winter at Tantora, in 2019, that time with 100 balloons.

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Explore the 4 Festivals of AlUla Moments

21st December - 12th February Winter at Tantora

Winter at Tantora uplifted the rich culture and history of AlUla in a dynamic, six-week celebration. This unique festival offered boutique events centred around music, culture, food and horse heritage. The highlights included the Fursan Endurance Cup, Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo, Dolce&Gabbana's first-ever Saudi Fashion Cavalry Show, the Winter at Tantora Celebration and AlUla's Citrus Festival!

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13th February - 31st March AlUla Arts Festival

AlUla Arts encouraged creativity. Embracing the innovation present in AlUla for thousands of years, this festival brought a mix of ancient and contemporary art all throughout AlUla. From the incredible large-scale art installations of Desert X AlUla 2022 and photography of Cortona On The Move to What Lies Within at the award-winning Maraya and the AlUla Performing Arts Festival in AlJadidah, AlUla celebrated its legacy of being a cultural crossroads.

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27th February - 12th March AlUla Skies

AlUla Skies inspired imagination. This festival had the magnificent AlUla Skies alive with action. From floating over Hegra in an AlUla Hot Air Balloon and a Guinness World Records™ title-winning Glow Show to the world's longest drone show soaring through the night sky and a spine-tingling Symphony Under the Stars set under the magnificent Arch Rock, in AlUla, the sky is the limit!

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17 March - 27 March AlUla Wellness Festival

AlUla Wellness gathered regional and international experts in the health and wellness field for a holistic festival. From the Five Senses Sanctuary and the 'silent' piano of MindTravel to Fitness X Music and the EcoTrail, it offered exciting new activities for the mind, body and soul set amongst the backdrop of AlUla's beautiful and timeless landscapes.

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Plan your trip to AlUla

Flying to AlUla

Saudia Airlines and flydubai fly into and out of AlUla International Airport (ULH). The newly renovated airport is located just 35 km (a 30-minute drive) from the city centre.

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What to Do

Unlock the secrets of this open-air museum, where an exciting collection of immersive experiences and activities bring its stories to life.

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Where to Eat

In AlUla there are many dining options to replenish your energy after a day of exploring. Casual to fine dining options are available.

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Where to Stay

Looking for a place to rest after a long day’s adventure? From high-end luxury to sustainable eco-resorts, AlUla offers a range of accommodation options.

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COVID-19 Information

We strive to make your visit to this amazing destination as safe as possible.

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