Charting AlUla’s Rich History in Dadan
Amongst the most significant discoveries in all of AlUla is the city of Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan kingdoms. The city, which was built meticulously from stone and astride the valley’s oasis, dates back between the late 9th and early 8th century BCE (Kingdom of Dadan) and 5th–2nd century BCE (Kingdom of Lihyan).
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Inscriptions feature terms relating to agriculture, including the seasons, types of produce, water and parcels of land. Around this ancient valley, you can observe other inscriptions in Dadanitic. These writings detail the everyday lives of these once-great civilisations, from their religious practices and social activities, to the laws and edicts that governed them.
Discoveries of sculptural items through archaeological excavations in Dadan, suggests that a sculpture school or workshop may have existed in the area. Several statues are life-sized or larger, with some measuring up to 2.7-metres tall. They are all similar in appearance, depicting men with strong limbs, defined stomachs and broad shoulders, with hands clenched, the left foot forward and a stern gaze. Researchers do not know exactly who the statues represent, but it is likely they were carved for high-status members of society.
Alternatively, you may purchase your tickets at the information desk located at Winter Park, before starting your experience at the Dadan visitor centre.
Experiences at Dadan and Jabal Ikmah
2-Hour Tour Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour
2 Hour Experience Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Vintage Land Rover Day Tour
Explore the Dadan Heritage Trail to Old Town
The Heritage Trail from Dadan South, arriving to Old Town and passing by AlWadi area is 3 km long and will offer visitors an extraordinary nature stroll through the AlUla farms, suitable for families and nature-lovers of all ages.
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Heritage Tours and Experiences
1 Hour Tour AlUla Old Town Tour
Shopping & Dining AlUla Old Town Market
2 Hour Tour Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour
2 Hour Tour Hegra Vintage Land Rover Tours
1 Hour Experience Dadan Vintage Land Rover Day Tour
2 Hour Tour Hegra Tour
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