Desert X AlUla

Desert X AlUla

Desert X AlUla 2020

The 14 featured works displayed each artists’ interpretation of the desert, made especially for AlUla. The large-scale installations related to the environment, evoked the region’s unique desert culture and immersed visitors in new and inventive ways.

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Desert X

Under the theme of Sarab, 15 featured works explored ideas of mirage and oasis, both intrinsic to desert history and culture. Invited to consider these ancient concepts, participating artists responded with new works that addressed dreams, camouflage, fiction, dis/appearance, extraction, illusion and myth.

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AlUla Citrus Festival

AlUla Citrus Festival

The festival is currently not available, we look forward to welcoming you again next harvest season in January 2023.  Follow @AlUlaMoments on Social to be the first one to know when tickets are  back on sale.

In its inaugural year, the AlUla Citrus Festival celebrates citrus in all forms and the farmers and producers who care for these magnificent trees. Join us for two festive weekends filled with market stalls of unique citrus fruits and local citrus-based products, live music, kids’ activities including puppet shows and storytelling, cooking sessions with world-class chefs, and so much more!
 
On  14-15 January, from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm, the shaded walkways and green spaces of AlMahkar Farm will be transformed for this free event.

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Music in Ancient Eras

After last year’s successful inaugural performance, renowned Maestro Naseer Shamma returns to AlUla to expand on this epic historical music concept – this time accompanied by his musical group, The Peace Builders, at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra.

A modern-day version of a traveller’s experience on the famed Incense Road, Music in Ancient Eras is an evening of music and stories from all four corners of the world, merging together for a truly sensational event.

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AlUla Hot Air Balloon Experience

AlUla Hot Air Balloon Experience

The skies of AlUla were magically filled with colorful hot air balloons for ten days in this celebration of the AlUla Skies Festival. With sunrise flights, tethered flights and a successful attempt for the Guinness World Records™ title for the World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show, there was something for everyone!

The experience is currently not available and will return back to AlUla soon.  Follow @AlUlaMoments on Social to be the first one to know when this experience is back.

 

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HOT AIR BALLOON EXPERIENCE - FLIGHT STATUS UPDATES

Thank you for booking your Hot Air Balloon Experience! Please read the following information regarding weather and status updates affecting your booking.

FLIGHT STATUS

AlUla Untethered Flights (Starting 22nd Dec 06:45 AM):

No Update - The Flight Status for this date has not been updated yet. Please check back again later.

AlUla Tethered Flights (Starting 22nd Dec 16:15 PM):

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KhayBar Tethered Flights (Starting 8 Dec 16:15 PM):

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WHAT COULD HAPPEN?

Hot Air Balloon experiences have a higher likelihood for weather related cancellations than other products as they can be impacted by weather conditions such as wind speed and direction.

We closely follow weather conditions so that we can timely communicate the status of your upcoming flight and any changes that may occur due to weather. This can happen at any time before, and even during, your experience.

We will follow all required guidelines to ensure your safety and request your understanding in this matter.

For Untethered Flights (starting 06:45 AM): Flight status will be updated by 10:30 pm the night before the booked experience.

For Tethered Flights (starting 16:45 PM) in AlUla and Khaybar: Flight status will be updated by 11:30 am the same day of the booked experience.


WHAT EACH WEATHER STATUS MEANS?

No Update - The Flight Status for this date has not been updated yet. Please check back again later.

Flight OK - The Flight is confirmed to proceed at this time. However, this could change before the flight at any time. Please proceed to pick up location or to the venue directly.

Flight Cancelled - Cancelled due to the weather conditions. Please do not to proceed to the pick up location. In this situation, we would like to ask you to wait for our team to contact you between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the day of your cancelled flight.

Flight Uncertain - There is not enough data to make a final decision at this time, and the decision will be taken pre-flight at the location. At this moment, please proceed to pick up location or to the venue directly. Please note that your flight might be canceled following your arrival or just moments before your scheduled experience in the interest of your safety.

As always, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we will do our best to timely communicate and ensure a smooth experience.
 

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION?

We will send you an email alert to advise you that your flight has been cancelled.

On the day of any canceled Hot Air Balloon events, we would expect a high volume of calls and one of our team members will contact you between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the day of your cancelled flight to discuss options of rebooking (subject to availability). If it is not possible to rebook, you will be issued a complete refund. Please note that refunds may take up to 10 days to be processed to your bank account.

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Cinema ElHoush

Cinema ElHoush

AlUla’s arthouse cinema returns with a brand-new curated list of world-class movies from Saudi, Arab and International directors. Located in AlJadidah, Cinema ElHoush is a hub for cultural exchange within this bustling arts district.

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AlUla Performing Arts Festival

AlUla Performing Arts Festival

The AlUla Performing Arts Festival was a unique international festival that celebrated all forms of performing arts. From acrobatic performances to traditional street buskers, AlJadidah was bustling with all kinds of activity for an incredible 10 days.
Follow @AlUlaMoments on Social to be the first one to know about upcoming festivals.
 

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Barzan Living Gardens

Barzan Living Gardens

The experience is currently not available and will return back to AlUla soon.  Follow @AlUlaMoments on Social to be the first one to know when this experience is back.

Handed down through generations, Barzan Living Gardens was open to the public to show its natural beauty and deep heritage, shining a light on the cultural connection between the people of AlUla and the resources of the AlUla Oasis.

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Cinema ElHoush

Cinema ElHoush

The beautiful outdoor set-up of Cinema ElHoush offered the chance to enjoy a selection of world-class movies from Saudi, Arab and International directors.

The experience is currently not available and will return back to AlUla soon.  Follow @AlUlaMoments on Social to be the first one to know when this experience is back.
 

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Rahma Riad & Naïka in Concert at Maraya

Rahma Riad & Naïka in Concert at Maraya

AlUla hosted two performances in one night at the award-winning Maraya on 24 February 2022!

Starting the fantastic night by sharing her unique “World-Pop” sound, international singer/songwriter and viral internet sensation, Naïka wowed the crowd. Singing in English, French, Creole and even surprising the audience with a song in Arabic, her breakout performance in the Middle East will not be forgotten.

Taking command of the stage next, Iraqi singer and Arab pop idol Rahma Riad bought her rich Arabic tone to Maraya. With an amazing ensemble of musicians, Rahma’s voice soared, capturing the hearts of the audience. Closing out the night with her incredible energy, Rahma’s mesmerising performance will be remembered by all.

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Russell Peters at Maraya

Russell Peters at Maraya

Globally-recognized and widely-acclaimed comedian Russell Peters brought his hysterical comedic perspective to the award-winning Maraya on 18 February 2022. From Los Angeles to our very own Maraya stage, AlUla was entertained by Russell Peters' unique and hilarious style in a groundbreaking first ever comedy show in AlUla.

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Lionel Richie at Maraya

Lionel Richie at Maraya

International superstar Lionel Richie has a discography of albums and singles that are second to none. His music has helped weave the fabric of pop music. AlUla was excited to welcome Richie for a second time to the Maraya stage on 18 March 2022.

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Cortona On The Move

Cortona On The Move

The international festival of photography is currently not available and will return back to AlUla soon. Follow @AlUlaMoments on Social to be the first one to know on upcoming festivals.

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Constellations immersive show

Constellations immersive show

Guests explored space in an immersive constellation show influenced by the rich history and culture of AlUla. They watched the world's longest drone show, in a 34-minute fantastic performance of drones sharing the sky with the magnificent stars, drawing ancient constellations. They dined on delicious galaxy inspired dishes, desserts and more. Using high-tech telescopes, guests gazed deeper into the night skies with newfound knowledge.

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Garden of Moments

Garden of Moments

The experience is currently not available and will return back to AlUla soon. Follow @AlUlaMoments on Social to be the first one to know when this experience is back.

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Desert X AlUla 2022

Desert X AlUla 2022

Free and open to all, Desert X AlUla 2022 was a recurring, site-responsive, international open-air art exhibition taking place in a stunning canyon of the AlUla desert. Open from 11th February to 30th March, Desert X AlUla 2022 invited visitors to explore each of the 15 extraordinary works created especially for AlUla.

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Open Air Art Exhibit

Desert X AlUla 2022 Open Air Art Exhibit

Free and open to all, Desert X AlUla 2022 was a site-responsive, international art exhibition that took place in AlUla. The 2022 exhibition, under the curatorial vision of Reem Fadda, Raneem Farsi and Neville Wakefield, featured 15 newly commissioned works and showcased artists from around the world.

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Guided Highlights Tour

Desert X AlUla 2022 Guided Highlights Tour

This experience was a special 75-minute guided walking tour through ancient and stunning desert landscapes with highlighted stops at the incredible art installations composed by Desert X AlUla 2022's artists.

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Rock Art Guided Tour & Trail

Desert X AlUla 2022 Rock Art Guided Tour & Trail

This special 60-minute guided tour revealed ancient rock art alongside contemporary art installations in the Desert X AlUla 2022 canyon. This tour was led by rock art specialists in Arabic and English.

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Artist Talks

Desert X AlUla 2022 Artist Talks

A special one-hour talk lead by the curators of Desert X AlUla 2022 discussing the curatorial theme of Sarab and how vision has transformed to art across the extraordinary desert landscape of AlUla.

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Family Art Picnic

Desert X AlUla 2022 Family Art Picnic

A family-friendly exploration of the Desert X AlUla 2022 artworks, AlUla curated an “art picnic” around magnificent installations from international artists. This family adventure was designed to encourage children’s curiosity and engage the whole family in dialogue about art!

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Fushah Faniyah Family Friendly Mornings

Desert X AlUla 2022 Fushah Faniyah Family Friendly Mornings

This experience was a family-friendly exploration of the awe-inspiring artworks including activity trails and hands-on discovery at Desert X AlUla 2022.

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Sustainable Art Installation Workshop

Desert X AlUla 2022 Sustainable Art Installation Workshop

Participants in the Desert X AlUla 2022 Sustainable Art Installation Workshop unlocked their creativity and learned about the research that goes into creating sustainable pieces of art. They explored the power of solar panels and designed a large-scale art installation for AlUla!

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Live Music Performances

Desert X AlUla 2022 Live Music Performances

Desert X AlUla 2022 hosted special live music performances on select Fridays and Saturdays. Five musicians showcased their artistry across a wide array of musical genres.

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Desert X AlUla 2022 Contemporary Dance Performance by Dickson Mbi

Desert X AlUla 2022 Contemporary Dance Performance by Dickson Mbi

Enjoy a specially-commissioned performance by award-winning contemporary dancer Dickson Mbi.

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Fitness X Music

Fitness X Music

This six-day pop-up event offered an outdoor-studio fitness experience set in the magical oasis landscapes of AlUla. Brought to AlUla by PULSE, Jeddah's premier boutique fitness studio, each day offered 2 different workout sessions with top qualified professional trainers. Each class was unique, making exercise exciting through music and charismatic energy.

Taking a fitness class wasn’t required to enjoy this experience! Visitors came anytime to see this free open space in the AlUla Oasis, just behind the palm swings of the Heritage Oasis Trail. Passers-by could dine on delicious poke bowls and sushi at the Lugmety Restaurant and Lounge and enjoyed the free daily wellness talks and performances!
 

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Five Senses Sanctuary

Five Senses Sanctuary

In a wellness project unlike anything seen in the region before, the Five Senses Sanctuary was a one-of-a-kind, all-day wellness experience. Offering unlimited wellness activities from morning to night, each day was filled with classes, workshops and talks by celebrity yogis and renowned wellness practitioners from around the world. This extraordinary 10-day event brought together a like-minded community, sharing a unique experience of learning, growth and inspiration.

Flexible day passes allowed guests to fully customize their wellness experience, with unlimited access to the day's sessions, classes, workshops, talks and community-based experiences. Tucked away in the AlUla Oasis, the Five Senses Sanctuary was in a perfect location to drop in for a few sessions or stay for the whole day.

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Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature

In a one-of-a-kind dining experience, Bompas & Parr offered an incredible opportunity to eat magnificent local produce cooked across a stream of molten lava heated to a staggering 1,350 degrees Celsius. This culinary world-first feast was open for a limited time only.

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Fursan Endurance Cup 2022

Fursan Endurance Cup 2022

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022 set the benchmark for endurance worldwide. In this ultimate test of man and horse against time and the elements, riders navigated 120 km of AlUla’s rugged desert terrain.

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 Hands-On Archaeology

Hands-On Archaeology

Combining fun and education, our workshops will let you dig deeper into the culture of AlUla - literally! Don your archaeologist hat and join a dig, or try your hand at age-old building techniques in the Old Town. Learn more about the importance of the ancient rock art inscriptions found scattered all around AlUla. Our cultural workshops are suitable for all ages.

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Dolce&Gabbana Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show

Dolce&Gabbana Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show

AlUla and Dolce&Gabbana celebrated ancient horse heritage in a first-of-its-kind spectacular and exclusive runway show in the unique and private Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show. Bringing the haute couture of Milan and Paris directly to AlUla, this high-class fashion event was more than just a fashion show. A first-ever Saudi runway event by Dolce&Gabbana brought stunning horses and models together on the runway set in Jabal Ikmah.

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Music in Ancient Eras

Music in Ancient Eras

Music in Ancient Eras brought a historical take on music to AlUla. Ancient inscriptions of musical instruments became the backdrop for this fabulous outdoor musical performance with Maestro Naseer Shamma at Jabal Ikmah.

Music has long since been a part of the human experience. With the inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah, researchers have started to uncover just how long. In Music in the Ancient Eras, beautiful music rang through the mountains, just as it did thousands of years ago.

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Path of Poets

Path of Poets

Path of Poets was an immersive live show about the celebrated poet Jamil bin Muammar sharing the story of Buthaina.

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Remote AlUla

Remote AlUla

Remote AlUla was a 90-minute, site-specific immersive audio tour focusing on the culture, history and the imagined future of AlUla.

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SAUDI TOUR

SAUDI TOUR

The second edition of the Saudi Tour, a 2.1 stage race on the UCI calendar sanctioned by the Saudi Arabia Cycling Federation, featured five stages, including three suitable for sprinters, from 1st to 5th February 2022.

This event was live streamed worldwide on the Experience AlUla YouTube channel. You can still re-live the action and watch each stage!

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Symphony Under the Stars

Symphony Under the Stars

Combining classical music and special effects, Symphony Under the Stars was dedicated to the spectacular starry night of the desert of AlUla. Under the backlit Arch Rock, Italian pianist Dardust led a magnificent Symphony Under the Stars in a show like no other. This modern take on classical music had the audience on their feet for a spectacular performance.

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Tantora Celebration

Tantora Celebration

The locals of AlUla have been celebrating the “Tantora” for generations. The Tantora itself is a sundial used by the local people not only to tell time, but also to mark the beginning of the winter planting season. This culturally significant festive season has always been filled with celebrations, and the local community can’t wait to celebrate and share their heritage with you!

The 5-day Tantora Celebration ended on 26 December.

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AlUla Artist Residency: The Oasis Reborn Exhibition

AlUla Artist Residency: The Oasis Reborn Exhibition

After the first AlUla Artist Residency ended, as finishing touch to the progamme, the six participating artists had their works and research on display at The Oasis Reborn Exhibition. Located in the palm-grove of Mabiti AlUla, the exhibition invited guests to immerse themselves in the cultural oasis of AlUla and discover new perspectives on this ancient landscape.

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Vintage Aircraft Exhibition Experience

Vintage Aircraft Exhibition Experience

Step back in time, don a vintage pilot’s outfit and explore vintage aircrafts in a carefully curated museum for a memorable experience about the "Golden Age of Aviation."
 

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What Lies Within

What Lies Within

A groundbreaking array of artwork was on display in the award-winning Maraya from 11th February to 20th March 2022. What Lies Within brought together works from the past two decades by some of the most significant artists of Saudi Arabia and its diaspora from the private collection of Saudi female patron and collector Basma AlSulaiman.
 

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