Books of AlUla

Books of AlUla

From the imaginative illustrations of "AlUla" by Assouline to the recipes of Rizzoli's "A Taste of AlUla," you can explore the region's heritage, landscapes, wonder and cuisine through the Books of AlUla.

Get a glimpse into what makes AlUla such a unique destination by picking up a copy of these magnificent collections. Learn more about each comprehensive work and how to purchase them below.
 

Books of Alula

AlUla by Assouline

This art book mixes mythical and imaginative illustrations with actual photography of AlUla, bringing a touch of fantasy and the freedom to illustrate both past and future. The photography illuminates the sites, the landscape and the essence of AlUla. Available in two versions: Ultimate Collection and XXL Collection.

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Arabian Leopard by Assouline

This essay by Wildlife Conservationist Andrew Spalton celebrates the rare and critically endangered Arabian Leopard. Featuring original artwork & photographs that beautifully capture this animal’s enduring spirit, the book is integral in raising awareness and aiding AlUla in protecting this rare subspecies.

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A Taste of AlUla by Rizzoli

A culinary art book created by France's prestigious school of culinary arts, Ferrandi, collaborates with French and Saudi chefs. Featuring approximately 30 recipes with photos as well as photography of the region's stunning landscape, yet it reads like a poem dedicated to the real and imagined flavours of AlUla, making readers feel as if they can taste the bounty.

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A DREAM OF ALULA BY BENSIMON

From ancient civilisations to natural desert beauty, discover AlUla through the photography of Gilles Bensimon. A Dream of AlUla explores the magnificent landscapes, diverse cultural heritage and rich history of this storied site in northwestern Arabia. From ancient settlements along the Incense Route to natural wonders, Bensimon’s photography depicts millions of years of history throughout this open-air museum.

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ALULA, WONDER OF ARABIA BY GALLIMARD

This magnificent book is the result of excavations led by the French archaeologist and epigrapher Laïla Nehmé and the Saudi archaeologist Abdulrahman AlSuhaibani, who co-curated "AlUla: Wonder of Arabia - The Oasis with More than 7,000 Years of History" at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (October 2019-January 2020). Their research revealed never-before-seen vestiges and breathtaking photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand associated with their findings and the surrounding beauty of AlUla.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Business & Special Events

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Adventure In AlUla

AlUla offers adventure for every type of traveller. Zipline across a mountain range, race through the dunes or bring yourself back to nature by hiking amid rock formations and hidden valleys. In the evening, book a stargazing or moonlit night adventure paired with dinner.

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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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Eid AlFitr In AlUla

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Ramadan In AlUla

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