Desert X AlUla 2022 Open Air Art Exhibit

Feb 11, 2022 - Mar 31, 2022

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.

Desert X AlUla 2022 Open Air Art Exhibit
Following its inaugural exhibition in 2020, Desert X AlUla returned for its second edition from 11th February to 30th March 2022, and placed newly commissioned works by Saudi and international artists in dialogue with the extraordinary nature and culture of AlUla. Under the theme of Sarab, the 2022 exhibition explored ideas of mirage and oasis, both intrinsic to desert history and culture, which have taken on complex worldwide significance over time. Desert X AlUla 2022 was under the curatorial vision of Reem Fadda, Raneem Farsi and Neville Wakefield.

AlUla invited all audiences to be immersed in the ancient and majestic landscape of AlUla's desert region, to engage their sense of adventure and to open their hearts as they explored the various art installations. With 15 incredible and diverse artists, guests could pay attention not only to the physicality of the displayed works but also to the stories they told emotionally, historically or socially.

Key Information

Hours of Operation & Location
Hours of Operation:
  • Wednesdays - Sundays (11th February - 31st March) 
  • Open from 10:00 am - 5:30:00 pm; Final entry is at 4:00 pm daily
  • Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

Location: Desert X 2022 AlUla Visitor Centre 
Ticket Information

• Tickets are free of charge and are required for entry
Additional Key Information
  • Bus shuttle service is available from Winter Park, or parking is available at Desert X AlUla car park
  • Entry tickets will be scanned at the Desert X AlUla booth at Winter Park or at Desert X AlUla car park; COVID pass required for entry
  • As this involves walking outdoors, please dress in comfortable clothes and shoes and bring water and sunglasses, a cap and/or an umbrella for shade
  • Buggies will be available for those with mobility difficulties
  • All ages are welcome
  • In order that all visitors enjoy safety and comfort during their visit, we ask that all visitors be prepared for:
    • COVID status at check-in
    • Wearing of face coverings and adherence to social distancing guidelines in all indoor and outdoor areas
    • Agreement with bag-searching if requested
    • Obeying of all signs, notices, instructions and directions given by Desert X AlUla staff

AlUla Arts Festival Highlights


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Desert X AlUla 2022 returned for its second edition with an extraordinary open-air art exhibition from 11th February to 30th March 2022. Placing visionary contemporary artworks by 15 Saudi and international artists amidst the remarkable desert landscape of AlUla, 2022's exhibition explored ideas of mirage and oasis.

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AlUla Performing Arts Festival

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Barzan Living Gardens

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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. Cinema-goers grabbed local coffee with friends at the in-house café before their films and participated in engaging discussions with directors afterwards.

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Cortona On The Move

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Plan Your Trip To AlUla

Flying to AlUla

Saudia Airlines and flydubai fly into and out of AlUla International Airport (ULH). The newly renovated airport is located just 35 km (a 30-minute drive) from the city centre.

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What to Do

Unlock the secrets of this open-air museum, where an exciting collection of immersive experiences and activities bring its stories to life.

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Where to Eat

In AlUla there are many dining options to replenish your energy after a day of exploring. Casual to fine dining options are available.

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Where to Stay

Looking for a place to rest after a long day’s adventure? From high-end luxury to sustainable eco-resorts, AlUla offers a range of accommodation options.

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COVID-19 Information

We strive to make your visit to this amazing destination as safe as possible.

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