“Summertime to me is relaxing; it's sunshine, it's being outdoors,” Sidney beams, “and I think just freedom.” When most imagine summer in the desert of the Arabian Peninsula, this isn’t always the picture that springs to mind. But AlUla is different
. Digital Nomad Sidney Tolo continues: “When you come from a hot and humid place like Dubai to AlUla, it's a dry heat, and then there's a nice breeze. It's a completely different world.” Together with lower humidity, AlUla’s temperatures are relatively refreshing too, especially in the evenings when they can be up to five degrees Celsius cooler compared to other destinations in the region.
But there’s clearly more to AlUla than just its unique climate – a whole lot more. And, thanks to fewer crowds, summertime here allows visitors to really make the most of them. From the magnificent sandstone tombs of Hegra
to the fascinating inscriptions of Jabal Ikmah
, the area’s incredibly rich heritage remains easily accessible over the summer months. With fewer people around, “it's almost like AlUla feels like it's just yours,” Sidney explains.
This extends to exploring AlUla’s wealth of naturally formed beauty, too, sculpted by millennia of desert winds. Littered with incredible and often surreal rock formations
, the landscapes take on an even more timeless, otherworldly aspect. “Sometimes you have to stop and pinch yourself and think ‘where am I’?”