Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour

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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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Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour

Let us take you on a journey through time to discover the ancient and powerful civilisations of the Dadanite and Lihyanite kingdoms, that have built and shaped AlUla.

After exploring the ruins, a bus service takes you on a 10-minute drive to Jabal Ikmah, an open library of inscriptions, rock art and petroglyphs set in a stunning desert canyon. Below, you’ll find tour details, planning tips and what to expect when visiting these extraordinary heritage sites.

Tour Schedule

Tours are offered daily at the following times  (15 Jul 2022 – 21 Mar 2023):
(15 Jul - 30 Sep): Daily at 04:30 pm.
(1st Oct - 30 Nov): Tours available on weekdays at 09:00 am and 02:30 pm.
On weekends (Thursday - Saturday) at 09:00 am , 03:00 pm.
(1st Dec - 21st Mar): Tours available on weekdays at 08:00 am , 10:00 am , 12:00 pm and 02:00 pm.
On weekends (Thursday - Saturday) at 08:00 am , 10:00 am , 12:00 pm, 02:00 pm and 03:30 pm.

This experience is available year-round. The updated schedule for 22 March 2023 onwards will be coming soon.
 
Tour details
  • Your Journey to Dadan and Jabal Ikmah starts at Winter Park where it is free of charge designated parking and where you board a shuttle bus to transfer you to Dadan.
  • Arrive at Winter Park 25 minute before your tour start time to allow time for transportation.
  • Book tickets in advance and have your printed copy or e-ticket ready when you arrive to check-in.
  • Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
  • With the transportation from Winter Park and back, allow up to two hours for the Dadan and Jabal Ikmah Tour.
  • The heritage sites are exposed to the elements, we encourage you to take responsibility for your health and safety and stay hydrated.
Tip: Visitors can download the Experience AlUla app for an immersive location-specific digital guide.
Recommended attire
  • Men and women are encouraged to dress modestly in public and avoid tight-fitting clothing.
  • Women should cover their shoulders and knees in public, but do not need to wear traditional clothing.
Refunding & rebooking policies
  • We will gladly refund the ticket price of cancelled experiences up to 3 days before the scheduled tour. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund credit card fees.
  • Experiences cancelled within 1–3 days before your tour may be rebooked if timeslots are available but are not eligible for a refund.
  • We are unable to refund or rebook experiences cancelled on the day of the scheduled tour.

 

Experiences at Dadan & Jabal Ikmah

18 Nov – 3 Dec Ikmah After Dark

Discover the ancient history of AlUla with an extraordinary after-dark tour of the rock art and inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah. Enjoy a night of hospitality as well as an immersive show about the Kingdoms that once ruled AlUla.

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Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour 2-Hour 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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Dadan Vintage Land Rover Day Tour 1 Hour Experience

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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3 Nov - 27 Nov Hegra After Dark

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra during this incredible three-part after-dark experience. Immerse yourself in ancient Nabataean Civilisation. Awaken the senses, explore Hegra by chariot, and watch an immersive show.

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5 Nov - 21 Mar Hegra by Horse Carriage

Explore Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, as the ancient Nabataeans would have atop a handcrafted wooden horse carriage in this private tour.

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18 Nov – 3 Dec Ikmah After Dark

Discover the ancient history of AlUla with an extraordinary after-dark tour of the rock art and inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah. Enjoy a night of hospitality as well as an immersive show about the Kingdoms that once ruled AlUla.

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24 Nov Music in Ancient Eras

After a successful inaugural night of Music in the Ancient Eras, renowned Maestro Nasser Shamma returns to AlUla to expand upon this historical, musical concert concept – this time accompanied by The Peace Builders at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra.

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AlUla Old Town Tour

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Hegra Tour

Visit Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest preserved site of the Nabataean civilisation south of Petra.

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Hegra Vintage Land Rover Day Tour

Explore Hegra with our Rawi as you are driven around in a vintage 4x4 Land Rover, each suitable for up to 7 guests.

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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.

Book Now

Dadan 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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Saudi Arabia's First UNESCO World Heritage Site Hegra

The Nabataean site of Hegra, was the southern capital of the Nabataean kingdom, dating back to the first century BCE. Today, visitors will find that more than 100 well-preserved monumental tombs remain, most with elaborate facades carved from rock formations that are scattered throughout this immense desert landscape.

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Charting AlUla’s Rich History Dadan

Before the Nabataeans, AlUla was the capital of the ancient kingdoms of Dadan and Lihyan, which controlled the caravan trade in the first millennium BCE. Dadan linked southern Arabian kingdoms producing valuable aromatics to the growing markets in the Mediterranean world. See remarkably well-preserved tombs, expertly carved from a towering red-rock mountain face that overlooks the valley oasis. A special highlight is the famed Lion Tombs marked by seated lion sculptures.

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The Awe-Striking Inscriptions of AlUla Jabal Ikmah

What was part of the caravan way station served as a record keeper of sorts with carvings providing information to researchers about the way of life of the Dadanites, Lihyanites and others. Hundreds of inscriptions referring to journeys, pilgrimage, ritual and offerings can be found here. Rock art depicting humans, chariots, harps, camels, bovines, goats, scorpions and ibex can all be spotted.

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Where pilgrims, travellers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages. AlUla Old Town

Look up at the fort above while walking through the labyrinth of streets of AlUla Old Town that was occupied from the 900s CE until the 1980s. Nearly 900 two-storey mud brick houses, 400 shops, five squares and a mosque populated the oasis town. It was a key stop along the Islamic pilgrimage route from Damascus to Makkah. Travellers, traders and pilgrims would be met outside the town’s walls.

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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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