Ashar Valley

The grandest canyon

This magnificent desert idyll with its dramatic canyons and wind-carved rock formations, is now home to some of the Middle East’s most desirable retreats, restaurants and landmarks; from luxurious hotels Banyan Tree AlUla, Habitas AlUla, Caravan by Habitas and Ashar Tented Resort, each blend beautifully into the surrounding sandstone, to the iconic Maraya standing proud at its heart.

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Introducing Maraya

Any conversation about Ashar Valley must begin with Maraya, the astonishing piece of architecture that tricks the eye and then seduces it. Translating as ‘mirror’ in Arabic, Maraya is the world’s largest mirrored structure and has become an icon of AlUla, hosting art exhibitions, star-studded concerts, and providing chef Jason Atherton a place to present his fine dining dishes.

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Know Before You Go 

Insights to help make Ashar Valley part of your AlUla experience

Location

Location

Ashar Valley, Saudi Arabia

Yes, provided you have a reservation, ticket or invitation for any of the hotels, restaurants, or event spaces located within the valley.

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Yes, to enter Maraya, you must present a valid ticket.

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Guests will need to present a restaurant reservation for Maraya Social, or a confirmation email to an event at Maraya to the Ashar Gate Security to access and drive to Maraya.

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There are currently four accommodation options in Ashar Valley: Banyan Tree AlUla, Ashar Tented Resorts, Habitas AlUla and Caravan by Habitas.

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Acclaimed British chef Jason Atherton’s restaurant Maraya Social is located atop Maraya. There are also several restaurants within the valley, such as Saffron and Harrat at Banyan Tree AlUla, and Tama at Habitas AlUla, with three Habitas food trucks in caravans.

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If you are not staying at the hotel, visitors will need to present a restaurant reservation or confirmation email for one of the available day passes to Ashar Gate Security to access any of the hotels.

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Of course, a concert and dining at Maraya Social are highly recommended. To be fully immersed in the beauty of Ashar Valley, guests should consider staying at one of the hotels available. For those who only wish to visit, a day pass to one of the hotels' pools, spas or restaurants will also grant access to the valley.

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Everything you need to know

Be inspired and informed ahead of your visit

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Practical information

Take the pain out of planning your holiday with these useful facts and travel tips

Things to do

Discover show-stopping natural wonders, thrilling adventures, hidden valleys, and a labyrinthine Old Town

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Food and drink

World-class chefs, mouth-watering menus, and spectacular scenery combine

What's on

Explore everything from music and wellness festivals, sports and heritage events and art exhibitions