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From restored ancient sites to trailblazing hotels, AlUla is a unique city with a magical aura that’s entirely its own. While it certainly makes for fascinating travel adventures, there are some useful things to understand about this working city and the local culture.

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Quick facts


The official language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic, but English is widely spoken in AlUla and around the country. When greeting locals a friendly greeting is 'Marhaba' (hello) and 'Salaam aleikum' (peace be upon you).

Currency & Shopping

The local currency is the Saudi Riyal (SAR). While credit card and contactless payment are widely accepted, some shops only accept cash – so it’s good to have some with you. There are several ATMs in AlUla, but there is no currency exchange; plan to exchange money at Riyadh or Jeddah airports before your arrival. Also bear in mind that certain shops close briefly during prayer times to allow time for worship.

Electronics & Connectivity

Wi-Fi hotspots are located at most hotels and there is good cell phone and 5G coverage around AlUla. Bear in mind more remote areas have little or no coverage. For visitors coming from outside Saudi Arabia, we recommend purchasing a local mobile SIM card once reaching AlUla, either from the STC store or other telecom store and using the STC app. Visitors transiting through Jeddah or Riyadh airports are able to purchase a local SIM before arriving in AlUla.

For electrical devices, AlUla uses the same power plugs and sockets as in the United Kingdom (Type G)

Culture & Religion

Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage and traditions have been shaped by its position as a historic trade hub and the birthplace of Islam. In recent years, the Kingdom has undergone a significant cultural transformation, evolving century-old customs to fit the contemporary world we live in today.

Laws & local customs

The sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and it is illegal to bring alcohol or drugs into the country.

Everyone is welcome to visit Saudi Arabia and visitors are not asked to disclose such personal details.

Everyone is welcome to visit Saudi Arabia and unmarried couples are able to share accommodation. Women can also easily travel independently around AlUla.

Dress code is dependent on individual establishments, some casual, others keen on sophistication. Women do not need to wear a headcover or an abaya. Places of worship specifically do require you to dress modestly while visiting.

Tipping is generally appreciated but not expected. You can leave some small change or round the bill up.

Tourists are not permitted to fly drones in the Kingdom. Residents and Saudi citizens can fly drones with approved permits.

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