Lost Treasures of Arabia: The ancient city of Dadan

Premiering on the National Geographic Channel worldwide

About the Documentary

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National Geographic Abu Dhabi explores the intriguing story of an ancient Saudi Arabian city that existed over two millennia ago. The city was a hub for trading and agriculture and was home to the Dadanite and Lihyanite kingdoms. For the first time, the documentary delves into the mysteries and legacy of this unique moment in history. Archaeologists, historians, linguists, and other experts unveil the secrets of one of the world's most significant untouched locations, which raises the question of why these kingdoms suddenly disappeared.

About Dadan

Nomadic hunter-gathering shifted into farming as people took advantage of the AlUla valley’s natural resources to settle. They began harnessing water flows within the oasis for agriculture, while continuing to herd sheep, goats, and other livestock. 2,600 years ago, the Oasis hosted the growth of Dadan, a powerful capital city with an economy fueled by farming and long-distance trade.

The Making of the Film

The Ancient City of Dadan is an amazing story of a more than 2000-year-old civilisations produced by National Geographic CreativeWorks.

For a full season of excavations, the National Geographic cameras were given unprecedented access to follow teams in AlUla on the frontline of archaeology to create the first ever feature length documentary uncovering the secrets of this ancient 9th Century BCE civilisation.

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Due to the proximity to incense trade routes, Dadan was one of the most developed 1st-millennium BCE cities in northern Arabia.

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Experiences at Dadan & Jabal Ikmah

2 hours Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour

Start your journey through time at Dadan, the ancient Kingdom of the Lihyanite and Dadanite civilisations. Next, take a 10-minute drive to Jabal Ikmah situated in a stunning desert canyon.

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2 hours Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Vintage Land Rover Day Tour

Explore the ancient capital city of Dadan and examine tombs, excavation sites and thousands of early Arabic inscriptions on the Vintage Land Rover Dadan Tour.

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Plan Your Trip To AlUla

Flying to AlUla

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What to Do

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Where to Eat

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Where to Stay

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