Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour

Dadan & Jabal Ikmah Tour


You will tour the extensive site between Dadan and Jabal Ikmah in an air-conditioned coach which is included in your ticket price.

The Dadan and Jabal Ikmah Tour starting point is at Winter Park where you will board the coach to the Dadan Welcome Centre. Download bus schedule

At the Dadan Welcome Centre you’ll be greeted by one of the local rawi’s and offered complimentary Arabic coffee, some local dates and water and a short briefing.


Explore the ruins of the ancient Kingdom of Dadan, one of the most developed 1st millennium BCE cities in the Arabian Peninsula. Dadan was the capital of the Dadanite and then the Lihyanite Kingdoms and one of the most important centres of the caravan trade.

Head to the east of the city to see more than a dozen tombs cut into the red-rock cliff faces, including the famous Lion Tombs marked by seated lion sculptures and marking the burial site of a member of the royal family.

This area was once just a basin covered in dust and sand. Now it’s a live excavation site and archaeologists are discovering more about this little known era in Northern Arabian history.


You can move on to Jabal Ikmah to examine the hundreds of inscriptions and writings on the cliffs and rock faces that date mainly to the Dadanite and Lihyanite periods.  There are five different languages found in the inscriptions in Jabal Ikmah including one which is the pre-cursor to the Arabic language. These inscriptions help decipher the way of life and the things that matter to the people living in AlUla during that era.

We are working hard to protect the heritage sites from any accidental or unintended damage in order to preserve them for future generations, this tour does not include entry to the any of the tombs and you can only visit and see them from outside.

Please book online or at the visitor centre at Winter Park before visiting Dadan & Jabal Ikmah to avoid disappointment. 

Dadan and Jabal Ikmah



Jabal Ikmah

Jabal Ikmah

Jabal Ikmah

Tour details
  • Your Journey to Dadan and Jabal Ikmah starts at Winter Park where there 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.
  • The tours are daily, with the first tour starting at 9 am and the last tour starting at 3 pm.
  • Tours and capacity are subject to availability and COVID-19 restrictions apply.
  • With the transportation from Winter Park and back, allow up to two hours for the Dadan and Jabal Ikmah Tour.
  • Visitors can download the Experience AlUla app for an immersive location-specific digital guide.
  • Cost: SAR 60 per person and SAR 30 for children (aged 5 – 12). Children under 4 are free.
Helpful tips
  • Arrive at the Winter Park - if driving park your car free of charge at the designated area near the entrance - our staff will guide you to the meeting point to join the shuttle bus to both Dadan and Jabal Ikmah heritage sites.
  • 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.
  • The heritage sites are exposed to the elements, we encourge you to take responsibility of your health and saftely and stay hydrated.
Coming Soon at Dadan & Jabal Ikmah
In the coming months a handicrafts pavilion offering an opportunity to appreciate ancient crafts in Dadan and a family-friendly archaeology workshop plus new retail and dining options will be added.
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.
Dining & shopping
Complimentary refreshments and snacks are available. Plus, there is a shop selling keepsakes,including local products (From December 2020).
Refunding & rebooking policies
Customer Bookings: 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 refund. We are unable to refund or rebook experiences cancelled on the day of scheduled tour.


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