Ramadan in Alula

Ramadan in Alula

2 April - 1st May

AlUla invited families to celebrate Ramadan amidst its vast natural landscapes, quiet beauty and ancient sites. With special Ramadan accommodation offers, spectacular Iftar and Suhoor settings, as well as a myriad of exciting outdoor evening adventures, AlUla exclusively curated experiences for families and friends to gather during this special time of the year.

Unique Iftar & Night Experiences

Far from city lights, remote desert lands create some of the world’s most enviable dark skies, making AlUla’s idyllic locale and dramatic rock formations spectacular for star and moon gazing.

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Ramadan Travel Packages

Habitas Resort Package

AlUla's Habitas Resort offered a special travel package during Ramadan. Guests surrounded themselves with the beauty of Ashar Valley and AlUla canyons with a stay in one of Habitas' luxury villas. Overnight stay packages during Ramadan included breakfast and dinner or Suhoor and Iftar.

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Caravans By Habitas

Guests looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure took part in an immersive glamping experience at the Caravans by Habitas. They explored luxury Airstreams offering sweeping views of the canyons and date palm oasis. Each caravan features an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, private outdoor deck and surround sound system. Ramadan packages included Suhoor and Iftar.

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Shaden Resort Package

With 121 Deluxe rooms and villas to select from, Shaden Resort offered the perfect getaway for couples, family or friends during Ramadan. Guests could enjoy a three-night stay at the Shaden for the price of two.

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Mixed Civilizations - 6 Days/5 Nights AlBoraq Travel Packages

For a truly unforgettable experience, guests enjoyed a six-day travel adventure beginning in Riyadh, where they explored Deryah, the Masmak fortress and Kingdom Tower. On the third day, they flew to AlUla, spending two nights to see the rich beauty and history of the Nabataean civilisations at Hegra, Dadan, Jabal Ikamh & AlUla Old Town.

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Ramadan 2 Night/3 Day Travel Package GoZahid Travel Packages

This Ramadan package included tours of Hegra, Dadan, Jabal Ikmah and AlUla Old Town, as well as a zipline adventure, accommodations, Suhoor and Iftar and transportation.

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Explore Dining Options

During Ramadan, AlUla had many beautiful places to sit with friends and family and watch the skies turn pink at sunset. Whether dining in AlUla Old Town, AlJadidah or elsewhere, AlUla was buzzing with delicious dining options. Many options opened starting at 5:00 pm, with some staying open until 5:00 am daily, in celebration of Ramadan.

ACME

ACME’s unique burgers and delicious bites bring fun new flavours to AlUla’s Old Town. From refreshing drinks to savoury snacks, an exciting menu awaits kids and adults alike.

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AlNakheel Café

A relaxed and casual dining venue, Palm Garden is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Circolo

Located on the edge of the AlUla Oasis sits the charming Italian restaurant Circolo. Find authentic antipasti, artisanal pizza and more in this gorgeous outdoor setting.

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Entrecôte Entrecôte

The dining experience at Entrecôte Café de Paris brings a taste of the finest French cuisine to AlUla Old Town. Their world-famous steak frites and secret sauce make this set menu special.

Pink Camel Pastry Boutique AlUla

Tucked away in AlUla’s famous date palms and citrus trees, find the adorable Pink Camel Pastry Boutique. Try their famous macarons or a savoury snack and some coffee and sit and enjoy the shade surrounded by the perfumes of the oasis.

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SALT

The juicy burgers and tasty softies you know and love are coming to AlUla! SALT is taking its food truck inspired menu off-roading and parking its latest branch in front of AlUla’s iconic Elephant Rock.

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Somewhere

Somewhere, tucked into an oasis farm, is a delicious restaurant with beautiful outdoor seating where modern dishes are fused with authentic Mediterranean flavours.

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Suhail Old Town

A high-end Saudi Arabian dining concept serving dishes inspired by old Arabian Peninsula spices and time-honoured traditions, matched with a modern twist and exemplary service.

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Tama at Habitas

Located in the gorgeous Habitas Eco-Resort, Tama is much more than a restaurant. Meaning ‘here and now’ in Aramaic, Tama embodies one of Habitas’ core brand experiences, the essence of being present and keeping people in the here and now.

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Wacafe

Mouthwatering croissants and scrumptious cinnamon rolls fill the cases at Wacafe. Grab the perfect cup of coffee and settle in at this great AlUla Old Town café.

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Experience AlUla During Ramadan

While life during Ramadan seems to take a slower pace, there were still plenty of activities offered during the day in AlUla! Visitors could wind their way through the lush oasis or steep themselves in history amongst the ancient inscriptions of Dadan or extraordinary tombs of Hegra. These incredible experiences made Ramadan in AlUla unforgettable!

Popular Spots in AlUla

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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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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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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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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AlJadidah

AlUla’s art and culture hub, AlJadidah, is a must-visit location in AlUla. Beautiful murals bring an artistic touch to the pedestrian-friendly area that offers restaurants for dining and five distinct squares to explore.

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Elephant Rock (Jabal Alfil)

Take a seat in our comfortable and stylish sunken seating, sit back and enjoy the view of our most famous geological formation Elephant Rock as she looms large over you.

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AlUla Old Town Market

Explore Old Market Street in AlUla Old Town and shop a variety of retail stores featuring local artisans, entrepreneurs, cafes and more. Cultural activations, handicraft stores, local specialty foods to name a few, are featured for guests to discover and learn more about the wonders of AlUla.

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Harrat Viewpoint

Enjoy the outdoor terrace, built to blend in with the magnificent surroundings. Telescopes allow you to see further, finding constellations and stories among the stars.

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Heritage Experiences

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

Take a tour with a Rawi (guide) through AlUla Old Town where pilgrims, travellers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages.

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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.

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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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Adventure & Outdoor Experiences

The Twisted Maze 8 Hour Hike

Are you up for a challenge? Hike, climb and swim your way through some of AlUla’s more rugged landscapes on the Twisted Maze Hike.

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Stargazing Experience

Experience the enchantment of desert with stargazing led by Husaak’s star guide. Surrounded by Gharameel’s mystical rock formations you will look up to a blanket of stars and enjoy a traditional grilled dinner alfresco.

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AlUla Zipline Experience

One for thrill seekers, test your nerve by whizzing through the air on the zipline at Harrat Mountain.

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Rock Climbing

Take adventure to the next level with rock climbing on the spectacular mountains of AlUla. Enjoy this fun adventure sport while taking in nature’s beauty surrounding you.

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Via Ferrata & Canyon Hammock

Aerial challenges and suspended obstacles make up the adventurous route of the Via Ferrata. Whether it's the daring heights or stunning canyon views, get ready to take your breath away.

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Abseil

Experience the thrilling adventure of abseiling down AlUla’s magnificent mountain landscapes. Feel the adrenaline rush as you descend downward and embark on this outdoor journey of a lifetime.

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Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies to experience the breath-taking views of stunning desert vistas and iconic landmarks such as Elephant Rock and World UNESCO site, Hegra. View the world from a new angle and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Cycling Trail

Follow the pack leader on a leisurely bike ride crossing through the sand dunes and surrounded by AlUla’s unique landscapes.

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The Ridge Walk

The Ridge Walk is an easy hiking experience that will fully immerse you in the desert environment, marked by awe-inspiring views of AlUla’s stunning landscape.

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AlUla Buggy Tours

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling buggy ride over the rugged dunes and through the stunning sandstone mountains of AlUla!

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Hidden Valley Hike

Take to the desert after dark and the tranquil ambience that surrounds you on the 4km walk.

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Heritage Oasis Trail

The Heritage Oasis Trail is a designated trail within the AlUla Oasis with beautiful spots for photos and a few local farm stalls along the way. Guided tours are available.

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Wheels Bike Hub

From daily cyclists to leisurely riders, the Wheels Bike Hub is your home for everything related to cycling. Explore 26km of cycling trails in the beauty of AlUla from the freedom of your bike. Enjoy refreshments at the Bike Hub Café after your ride.

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Harrat Viewpoint

Enjoy the outdoor terrace, built to blend in with the magnificent surroundings. Telescopes allow you to see further, finding constellations and stories among the stars.

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EID AL FITR IN ALULA

Join us in celebrating Eid Al Fitr in AlUla from 2nd May - 7th May! Sharing the enthusiasm of the Eid holiday, AlUla is hosting many special free events and experiences across the city. Walk through the pedestrian-friendly areas of AlUla Old Town, AlJadidah and the AlUla Oasis to explore the lively celebrations throughout the city. Click to learn more about the exciting events are taking place this Eid Al Fitr!

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Plan and Book Your Trip

Learn about the different options to make the most of your time at AlUla! You can book your trip through our preferred booking partners or book your trip yourself. Explore all of the wonderful resources available to ensure your trip is perfectly tailored to you!

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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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