AlUla Weekend 13 Oct - 15 Oct

AlUla Weekend 13 Oct - 15 Oct

HIGHLIGHTS: Souad Massi | AlUla on Wheels | Hegra’s Drone Show | The Resonant Shell | AlUla Dates Festival

This carefully crafted 3-day itinerary for 13-15 October showcases the best sites and experiences AlUla has to offer this weekend. As you experience AlUla, be inspired by different ancient civilisations that once ruled the region, feel the adrenaline rush of our adventure experiences and immerse yourself in the endless natural landscapes of AlUla.

DAY 1: Thursday 13 October

As you arrive in AlUla this weekend, try and make the most of your day with thrilling adventures or exploring the heritage sites or the AlUla Oasis. Before going to AlUla on Wheels or Hegra’s Drone Show, why not watch a beautiful sunset at Harrat Viewpoint and have an early dinner at OKTO. For those seeing Souad Massi in AlUla Old Town, head to the venue early for fine dining at Suhail.

Day 1

Morning

Start your first day with a Hegra Day Tour. This unique Hop-On, Hop-Off tour lets you explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. For a more personalised tour, book a private Vintage Land Rover Hegra Day Tour with a dedicated Rawi.

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Day 1

Morning

Alternatively, start at the Adventure Hub, AlUla’s centre for all things adrenaline. From Rock Climbing and Abseiling to AlUla’s own floating obstacle course, the Via Ferrata and Canyon Hammock, you’re sure to get your heart racing!

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Day 1

Lunch & Early Afternoon

Grab an artisan pizza from Circolo and enjoy a stroll along the Heritage Oasis Trail after lunch. With multiple entrances, it’s easy to find the tall palm swings and plush seating or AlUla’s latest art installation: The Resonant Shell.

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Day 1

Afternoon

Explore ancient alleyways and the traditional marketplace on the AlUla Old Town Tour. Be immersed in stories of trade routes and learn historical facts during this enchanting tour.

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Day 1

Sunset

For those going to watch Souad Massi under the stars at the AlUla Old Town Amphitheatre, why not make reservations for a fine-dining experience at Suhail. Capture the surrounding mountains and breathtaking AlUla sunset views.

BOOK YOUR TABLE AT SUHAIL

Day 1

Sunset

Visit the Harrat Viewpoint at Harrat Uwayrid to marvel at this epic landscape with unparalleled views of Dadan, AlUla Old Town, AlUla Fort and the AlUla Oasis. Have Dinner at OKTO before heading to AlUla on Wheels!

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Day 1

Evening

Don’t miss a magical night at Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience a masterful showcase of nature and technology at Hegra’s Drone Show – an absolutely unforgettable experience found only in AlUla.

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Day 1

Evening

Looking for an energetic Thursday night? Put on your skates and hit up AlUla on Wheels, the first-ever roller rink in AlUla. Skate under the stars to a curated playlist by the legendary Swizz Beatz, with special live DJ performances on the weekends starting from 11 pm.

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DAY 2: Friday 14 October

Start your day energised at Thuraya Wellness at Habitas AlUla and soak in the peaceful scenery of the sandstone canyons. Uncover the ancient history of Dadan and explore the Open Library of Jabal Ikmah. Don’t miss the sunset at the iconic Elephant Rock and experience local culture at the Dates Festival. In the evening, don’t miss out on Hegra’s Drone Show or AlUla on Wheels, with live DJ performances starting at 11 pm.

Day 2

DROP-IN ALL DAY LONG

Thuraya Wellness offers a peaceful lounge space with an alchemy bar, spa treatment rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor wellness agora, and a yoga studio all within the luxury eco-resort of Habitas AlUla.

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Day 2

AFTERNOON

Discover the ancient and powerful civilisations of the Dadanite and Lihyanite kingdoms that have built and shaped AlUla. For a more personalised tour, book a private Dadan Vintage Land Rover Day Tour with a dedicated Rawi.

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Day 2

SUNSET

Now one of the most famous sunset locations around the world, marvel at the iconic natural rock formation of Elephant Rock, open from Thu-Sat from 4:00 pm until 2:00 am. Don't miss Salt's famous sliders while you are there.

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Day 2

EVENING

Just a 5-minute drive from Elephant Rock, spend the evening at the AlUla Dates Festival as you share in AlUla's natural bounty with the community and discover the taste of our world-famous Barni dates or our delicious Black and Red Helwa dates!

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Day 2

Evening

For those who didn’t see Hegra’s Drone Show on Day 1, don’t miss your chance to explore the origins and beauty of light through a state-of-the-art performance above the Tomb of Lihyan son of Kuza at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra.

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Day 2

EVENING

For those who didn’t check out AlUla on Wheels on Day 1, don’t miss your chance to put on some skates and glide under the stars to some of the world’s freshest tunes curated by Swizz Beatz. Live DJ starts at 11 pm.

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DAY 3: Saturday 15 October

As this fantastic weekend ends, it's time to take in some other unique places and experiences you may want to try before heading back home. Find your Zen on a Silent Hike or take a stargazing trip with Husaak. Also – don't miss out on the last performance of Hegra's Drone Show.

Day 3

Morning

Experience the magnificence and peace of the Arabian desert on a 4 km silent hike through the Hidden Valley. The soft beige sands of the valley will transport you to simpler times as you immerse yourself in nature and admire the rock formations and landscapes of AlUla.

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Day 3

Brunch

If you love brunch, head over and taste a great selection of dishes and macaroons at Pink Camel in the AlUla Oasis. Otherwise, choose between two great dining spots in AlUla Old Town: Merkaz and AlNakeel Palm Garden.

Dining Options in AlUla

Day 3

Late Afternoon & Sunset

Take a wild ride off the beaten path in an exhilarating AlUla Buggy Tour, where expert drivers race across sand dunes in this epic adventure. If buggies are not your style, check out other adventures with Husaak.

BUGGIES AND MORE

Day 3

DINNER

On your last night, don't miss out on these unique fine-dining experiences with incredible Instagram-ready backdrops in AlUla: Maraya Social at Maraya, Somewhere in AlJadidah or Suhail in AlUla Old Town.

DINING OPTIONS IN ALULA

Day 3

DINNER & EVENING

On your last night, explore the great outdoors on one of Husaak's unforgettable stargazing tours and get ready to be captivated by the universe. As you immerse yourself in nature, a grilled dinner will be prepared around a campfire.

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Experiences Not To Miss

3 November - 31 December Hegra After Dark

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra during this incredible three-part after-dark experience. Immerse yourself in ancient Nabataean Civilisation. Awaken the senses, explore Hegra by chariot, and watch an immersive show.

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5 November - 21 March Hegra by Horse Carriage

Explore Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, as the ancient Nabataeans would have atop a handcrafted wooden horse carriage in this private tour.

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Starting from 11 November Incense Road

The pedestrian-friendly area of AlJadidah is being renovated to create an all-new Incense Road leisure and retail experience helping to connect AlUla Old Town to AlJadidah. Preserving the urban heritage of AlJadidah, visitors will find curated street art and public murals, along with new cafes and shops lining the roads.
 

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13 November - 18 March Tayma Heritage Tour

Uncover the rich history of Tayma, home to royalty and legendary personalities such as the last native Babylonian King. Now a central hub for archaeological excavation and discovery, Tayma is a cultural treasure that is continuously changing our understanding of the history of northwestern Arabia.

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15 Nov – 16 May Silkscreen Studio

Free and open to the general public, families, and kids of all ages, learn about this unique style of art made famous by Andy Warhol. Visitors will create handmade silkscreen printed artworks in the pop art style at the new Madrasat Addeera Silkscreen Studio.

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18 November – 31 December Ikmah After Dark

Discover the ancient history of AlUla with an extraordinary after-dark tour of the rock art and inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah. Enjoy a night of hospitality as well as an immersive show about the Kingdoms that once ruled AlUla.

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20 Nov – 18 Dec Watch the World Cup

As football takes over the world, AlUla will host fan zones screening live matches for the World Cup in fan zones across the city from 20 Nov to 18 Dec. Free and open to all, there’s something for everyone at these World Cup fan zones.

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Open from 22 Nov AlUla Music Hub

Located in the bustling Arts and Culture District of AlJadidah, the AlUla Music Hub offers twice weekly live music performances and music classes for all ages.

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26 November - 19 March Khaybar Heritage Tour

One of the oldest areas of human settlement in the Arabian Peninsula, shrouded in mystery for millennia, Khaybar is now unlocking the secrets of prehistoric Saudi Arabia. A landscape shaped by millions of years of volcanic eruptions with a lush oasis at its centre, its historical legacy has played a pivotal role in shaping the world around us.

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9 & 10 - 16 & 17 December AlUla Fresh Food Market

Celebrate and partake in the rich traditions of AlUla's harvest season through farmers' markets, cultural workshops, and live cooking demonstrations and entertainment during the vibrant AlUla Slow Food Market this December.

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15 December - 2 Apr Khaybar Volcano Camp

Open from 15 Dec - 2 Apr, Khaybar Volcano Camp is an exclusive getaway aimed at immersing guests in the region’s breathtaking volcanic landscapes. Open Thursdays - Sundays, relax on the compound’s scenic outdoor deck or discover the story-rich history of Khaybar.

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22 Dec - 21 Jan Winter at Tantora

The highly anticipated Winter at Tantora, the very first music and culture festival in the Kingdom, returns for its fourth edition. Featuring intimate concerts with world-renowned musicians and hosts multiple events across heritage, gastronomy and more, experience the best of AlUla.

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22 December Flavours of AlUla

Introducing Winter at Tantora’s newest event: Flavours of AlUla - the first ever food festival in AlUla. Creating a unique and immersive culinary journey that showcases traditional local and regional cuisine merged with international flavours, follow the flavours and celebrate AlUla’s rich food culture.

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30 & 31 Dec, 3 & 4 Feb, 3 & 4 Mar Oasis Farming Experience

Learn about the sustainable farming practices of AlUla in this hands-on workshop, set in the heart of the AlUla Oasis. Use your skills to contribute to the restoration of the AlUla Oasis by planting new seeds and seedlings.

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6 - 7 Jan & 13 - 14 Jan AlUla Citrus Festival

In its second edition, the AlUla Citrus Festival celebrates citrus in all its forms over two festive weekends filled with tasty treats, homemade goods, performances, art and more.

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Until 19 March The Resonant Shell

The Resonant Shell is a new immersive art installation by artists Nathalie Harb and Youmna Saba. A deeply transformative experience, visitors can enter an accoustically isolated space and sit in a meditative silence, temporarily escaping from the outside world. 

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Until 28 January AlUla on Wheels

Inspired by feel-good nostalgia, Good Intentions presents AlUla on Wheels, curated by Swizz Beatz. Don’t miss out on skating, dancing, and exploring this old-school, open-air roller rink in the heart of AlJadidah. Glide under the stars as you groove to some of the world’s freshest music.

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Until March 2023 Madrasat Addeera Workshops

Discover the traditional arts and crafts of AlUla through Madrasat Addeera. Free weekly workshops are offered by The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts on a wide variety of topics; all ages and skill levels are welcome.

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Coming Soon Cinema ElHoush

AlUla’s arthouse cinema returns to AlJadidah - each week bringing a new theme featuring movies from different genres. Saudi first releases, world-class films, and old favourites will share the screen at this hub of cultural exchange. Stay tuned as we announce the upcoming schedule and exclusive live director Q&As.

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Dates to be announced AlUla Fashion Show

The AlUla Fashion Show returns with a celebrated international fashion house collaborating to create a runway show inspired by the beauty and heritage of AlUla. Before the show, guests are invited to a dazzling mocktail hour inspired by the desert landscapes and one-of-a-kind outfits will be on sale after the show. Fashion house to be revealed soon.

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17 Feb – 16 May FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla

FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla brings together some of Warhol’s most iconic artworks at the award-winning Maraya from 17 February to 16 May, 2023, featuring paintings and prints of Hollywood stars, sporting legends and musicians and his groundbreaking Silver Clouds.

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​And More to Come

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