With AlUla as the anchoring hub, the Ancient Kingdoms Festival gave a first glimpse of the treasures waiting to be discovered at AlUla’s sister sites – Tayma and Khaybar. Each with its own distinct history and geology, Tayma and Khaybar are now accessible through individual day trips, where Tayma’s legacy as the land of kings will stand in contrast to Khaybar’s geological wonder.
The festival also cast a dazzling light on established sites in AlUla, such as Hegra, the once vibrant Nabatean city that still carries exquisite evidence of the region’s architectural accomplishments from the 1st century AD. During the festival, visitors were able to experience this UNESCO World Heritage site in inspiring ways – such as a candle-lit visit to its legendary tombs after dark – and were also be able to discover other awe-inspiring historical sites throughout AlUla.
Discover experiences still available across the three epic oases of northwest Arabia below.