Adventure In AlUla

Thrilling Experiences and Outdoor Excursions

AlUla, The World's Masterpiece, offers adventurous experiences for every type of traveller.

Get your adrenaline pumping by ziplining across a mountain range. Take a guided bike ride through the sand dunes. Lace up your boots and bring yourself back to nature by hiking one of our trails and explore the rock formations, hidden valleys and the serene beauty of AlUla.

Experience the tranquility of the Arabian desert after dark on The Hidden Valley Hike, or the sweeping vistas of the palm tree-filled oasis on the AlUla Oasis View Trail. As the sun sets, join a local astronomer on a stargazing or moonlit nights adventure and enjoy a traditional meal as you look up in awe at the dark sky above you.

There is something to do every day, and night, in AlUla.

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The Adventure Hub is AlUla’s centre for all things adrenaline. From ziplines and suspended obstacle courses to rock climbing and abseiling, what will your next adventure be?

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Adventure & Outdoor Experiences

The Twisted Maze 8 Hour Hike

Are you up for a challenge? Hike, climb and swim your way through some of AlUla’s more rugged landscapes on the Twisted Maze Hike.

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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 after dark and the tranquil ambience that surrounds you on the 4km walk.

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Heritage Oasis Trail

The Heritage Oasis Trail is a designated trail within the AlUla Oasis with beautiful spots for photos and a few local farm stalls along the way. Guided tours are available.

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Wheels Bike Hub

Explore the beauty of AlUla from the freedom of your bike at the Wheels Bike Hub. Offering bike rentals and route advice, the experts at the hub are happy to assist you in finding the perfect bike for the perfect trail.

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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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Explore The World's Masterpiece

Thrilling experiences and outdoor excursions await Adventure

By day, tour heritage sites, enjoy mountain hikes and experience thrills on zipline tours and dune buggy rides. By night, relax with stargazing and other activities.

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The World's Largest Living Museum Heritage

Take a journey to both the ancient and recent past. Uncover preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, historic dwellings and monuments, both natural and man-made, that hold 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history.

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A DESERT OASIS BECKONS NATURAL WONDERS Nature & Outdoors

There’s a sense of openness, vastness and quiet that invites visitors to wander in AlUla – among dramatic rock formations, sand-swept dunes, lush valleys and ancient basalt lava flows.

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A Land of Wondrous Inspiration Arts & Culture

From contemporary artists creating pieces made for the stunning desert backdrop to local artisans continuing the tradition of ancient handicrafts, the spirit of creativity and ingenuity can be discovered in every corner of AlUla.

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Travel Partners and Booking Information

Learn about options for making the most of your time in AlUla. Book through our preferred partners or connect directly with AlUla accommodations and experiences.

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Jabal AlFil: Elephant Rock

Set in golden desert sands and climbing three storeys into the Saudi Arabian sky is the awe-inspiring Elephant Rock, also known as Jabal AlFil, one of AlUla’s many geological marvels. The “trunk” and “body” of this monolithic red sandstone beast were hewn by natural forces — millions of years of wind and water erosion.

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About AlUla

Take a journey to both the ancient and recent past. Uncover preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, historic dwellings and monuments, both natural and man-made, that hold 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history.

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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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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. 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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AlUla Oasis

This lush sanctuary in the windswept Saudi Arabian desert has provided life to AlUla’s residents, weary travellers, flora and fauna for thousands of years. Today, it’s an agricultural epicentre waiting to be explored.

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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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Arts & Culture

From contemporary artists creating pieces made for the stunning desert backdrop to local artisans continuing the tradition of ancient handicrafts, the spirit of creativity and ingenuity can be discovered in every corner of AlUla.

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AlUla Old Town

Occupied from the 900s CE until the 1980s and now open to visitors. 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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Nature & Outdoors

There’s a sense of openness, vastness and quiet that invites visitors to wander in AlUla – among dramatic rock formations, sand-swept dunes, lush valleys and ancient basalt lava flows.

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Heritage

Take a journey to both the ancient and recent past. Uncover preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, historic dwellings and monuments, both natural and man-made, that hold 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history.

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Hijaz Railway & The Fort of Hegra

Routes of pilgrimage crossed the landscape of AlUla, as in its ancient past. As well as the Syrian and Egyptian routes, AlUla hosted part of the Aylah passage that connected Madinah to Aqaba in Jordan. Great importance was placed on these journey ways, and they were well maintained for pilgrims with forts, watchtowers and water sources.

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Books of Alula

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Past Art Exhibitions

See how AlUla is leading the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s mission to become a globally recognised centre for arts and culture, and a hub for cultural tourism and the exchange of ideas.

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Business & Special Events

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NABATAEANS

Around the middle of the 1st millennium BCE, a nomadic tribe of traders emerged in the desert lands of Jordan. Their trade routes allowed for close relationships with civilisations from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome to India and as far as China. They harnessed these connections and control of trade routes and made their mark in engineering, architecture and written language.

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Harrat Viewpoint

Overlooking the beautiful landmarks of AlUla and the vast desert beyond sits the Harrat Viewpoint. Enjoy the outdoor terrace, built to blend in with the magnificent surroundings.

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Ramadan In AlUla

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Eid AlFitr In AlUla

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