AlUla Weekend 6 Oct - 8 Oct

AlUla Weekend 6 Oct - 8 Oct

HIGHLIGHTS: Angham | AlUla on Wheels | Five Senses Sanctuary | The Resonant Shell | AlUla Dates Festival

This carefully crafted 3-day itinerary for 6-8 October showcases the best sites and experiences AlUla has to offer this weekend. As you experience AlUla this action-packed weekend, be inspired by the 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 6 October

As you arrive in AlUla this weekend, try and make the most of your day with thrilling adventures, exploring the heritage sites or taking in the AlUla Oasis. Before the party starts at AlUla on Wheels, why not get in a beautiful sunset at Harrat Viewpoint and have an early dinner at OKTO. For those seeing Angham at the award-winning Maraya, why not head to the venue early for fine-dining at Maraya Social – open after the concert as well!

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 historical facts on this enchanting tour.

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Day 1

Sunset

For those going to watch Angham at the award-winning Maraya, why not make reservations for a fine-dining experience atop the world’s largest mirrored building. Rooftop views reflect the surrounding mountains and breathtaking AlUla sunsets.

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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. Don't miss out and have Dinner at OKTO before heading to AlUla on Wheels!

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Day 1

Evening

Looking for an energetic Thursday night? Put on your skates and hit the AlUla on Wheels roller rink to glide away under the stars to tunes. The first-ever roller rink in AlUla, it’s curated by the legendary Swizz Beatz with a live DJ starting at 11 pm.

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DAY 2: Friday 7 October

Start your day energised at the Five Senses Sanctuary, soaking in the peaceful scenery over breakfast at the Wildflower Café or attending a yoga class or workshop. 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, the party continues at AlUla on Wheels with a live DJ starting at 11 pm.

Day 2

DROP-IN ALL DAY LONG

A one-of-a-kind, all-day wellness experience set in a tranquil landscape, the Five Senses Sanctuary hosts wellness classes, talks, and workshops designed to provoke the senses, activate conversations and inspire change. Don’t miss breakfast or lunch at the Wildflower Café.

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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 popular sunset locations around the world, marvel at the iconic natural rock formation of Elephant Rock to start an amazing night to remember! Open daily from 4:00 pm until Midnight. 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 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 8 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 at the Five Senses Sanctuary, or get your adrenaline pumping with Husaak. No trip to AlUla would be complete without a stargazing trip surrounded by mystical rock formations.

Day 3

Breakfast or Brunch

If you love brunch, head over to a great selection of dishes and macaroons at Pink Camel in the AlUla Oasis, or why not choose from two great breakfast spots in AlUla Old Town: Merkaz and AlNakheel Palm Garden.

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Day 3

AFTERNOON

Alternatively, for those who didn’t pass by the Five Senses Sanctuary on Day 2, don’t miss out on Closing Day! Inspirational speakers, massage treatments and an extra special closing jam session are on the schedule at this calming retreat.

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Day 3

Late Afternoon & Sunset

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

BUGGIES AND MORE

Day 3

DINNER

On your last night, don't miss out on fine-dining in one of these unique AlUla dining experiences with incredible Instagram-ready backdrops: 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 wowed by the universe. As you immerse yourself in nature, a grilled dinner will be prepared for you, which you will feast on 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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