Discover the magic of this magnificent desert valley
With its dramatic canyons and wind-carved rock formations, Ashar Valley offers a truly spectacular geology that was millions of years in the making. The stunning landscape is also home to some of the region’s most luxurious hotels, as well as the award-winning Maraya – the largest mirrored building ever constructed.
Places to Stay in Ashar Valley
Places to stay in Ashar Valley
Banyan Tree AlUla
A tranquil desert sanctuary, Banyan Tree AlUla invites you to discover an uncharted new world inspired by the mysterious and exciting natural surroundings of the Ashar Valley.
Maraya is a stunning piece of art set in the desert canyon of Ashar Valley. Designed to blend into the surrounding landscape, it rises from the sand like a mirage. The state-of-the-art structure is covered in 9,740 mirrored panels reflecting AlUla's beauty, making it the largest mirrored building in the world, according to Guinness World Records.
Maraya, meaning mirror or reflection in Arabic, celebrates AlUla's significant role in history as a crossroads of cultures for centuries. The mirrors themselves become a contemporary canvas, reflecting the remarkable heritage of the area. As the perfect modern ode to the past, Maraya is the centrepiece of AlUla's growing cultural scene. From spectacular concerts and thrilling performances to art residency programmes and arthouse films, AlUla is emerging as a cultural centre on a global scale.
Take a journey into both AlUla’s distant and recent past. Explore a rich cultural heritage through its ancient sites, historic dwellings, and preserved tombs that span thousands of years of human civilisation.
A DESERT OASIS BECKONS NATURAL WONDERS
Nature & Outdoors
From mazes of dramatic rock to rolling sand-swept dunes, a valley swathed in citrus groves to millennia-old basalt lava flows, AlUla’s spectacular landscape invites you to wander and connect with its wealth of natural beauty.
Thrilling experiences and outdoor excursions
Whether it's ziplining through mountain ranges, taking to the skies in a hot air balloon, or gazing up at the constellations, AlUla offers adventures and activities from the thrilling to the awe-inspiring.
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.