Summer in AlUla

Summer in AlUla

A summer of splendour awaits in AlUla

AlUla’s unequalled splendour, up to 5°C/10°F milder evening weather and low humidity throughout these summer months make it a unique destination in the Arabian Peninsula. During the day, our verdant oasis gives shade and becomes a place for respite and relaxation. At night, our clear skies allow you an unspoiled view of the stars above. From ancient heritage sites unfolding hidden histories to the unmatched thrills of adrenaline-pumping adventures, your summer is a story yet untold.

How will you write your summer story?

5 Reasons to Visit AlUla in the Summer

1. Escape the Humidity
AlUla has been a haven for travellers across the peninsula for centuries. The magnificent mountains that form the AlUla valley give way to milder weather, allowing for outdoor dining in the evening and morning or night hikes and trails through stunning sceneries. 

2. Summer Meteor Showers
With a 90% chance of clear skies in AlUla as opposed to other major Arabian cities, escape into the wild desert and get lost in AlUla’s expansive open spaces. The ancient landscape is the perfect blank canvas for Mother Nature to paint twinkling stars across clear summer skies.

3. Skip the City Crowds
With packed malls in big cities across the Arabian Peninsula, summer in AlUla allows for a slower pace and more space to yourself. Find quiet contemplation in the AlUla Oasis or capture the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra in peace. Instagram vs Reality? Not in AlUla.

4. Disconnect from the Day to Day
Historically a central stop for weary travellers, AlUla has always been a place of respite and relaxation. Disconnect from routine and join us in our serene desert refuge this summer. With special wellness workshops and meditation courses offered at Habitas AlUla, now is the time to focus on you.

5. Immersive Experiences
Take a hike through the Hidden Valley and let the soft glow of the moonlight lead you through amber dunes and across weather-worn sandstone canyons. For the best views of the region, embark on an epic helicopter tour or soar through the skies on an adrenaline-packed zipline experience.

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Flight + Accommodation Packages

Plan your next adventure with ease. We’ve partnered with Holidays by Saudia to create flight and accommodation packages for you to explore AlUla and unravel new worlds in an unforgettable summer.

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ALULA'S TOP 10 SUMMER LIST

Take a look at our top 10 experiences to inspire an unforgettable summer, from uncovering ancient history, to flying on KSA’s longest and fastest zipline, to hiking through breathtaking canyons, and to gazing up at a never-ending sea of stars. AlUla is your perfect summer getaway.

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Experiences & Accommodation Packages

Leave the planning to the travel experts at Alboraq and GoZahid for your next summer adventure. They’ve crafted getaway deals, taking care of hotel and experience bookings so your main focus can be on fun.

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Recommended Summer Itineraries

Your summer starts here! We’ve thoughtfully crafted 2-, 3- and 5-day itineraries to help tailor your perfect AlUla summer. Whether you’re looking for the Best of AlUla or to dive deep into adrenaline activities, check out these exciting itineraries for ideas for your trip.

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Summer Accommodation Offers

Luxurious eco-hotels and whimsical glamping experiences are just some of the excellent summer accommodation options in AlUla! Check out what great deals are offered this season.

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Heritage + Adventure Experiences

From the rich history of Hegra to the daring adventures of KSA’s longest and fastest zipline, AlUla offers an amazing array of experiences for you to craft the perfect summer escape.

Heritage
Unfold Ancient History Heritage
Adventure
Thrills Unmatched Adventure

See what incredible summer experiences await you in AlUla!

Taste of AlUla

Bright citrus fruits and farm-fresh vegetables bring vibrant colours to the summer plates of AlUla. With outdoor dining in the evenings and various dining options, spanning traditional, international and contemporary cuisines, experience the taste of AlUla this summer.

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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Dunkin'

First stop Dunkin', second stop adventure! This world-famous coffee and donut spot has landed in AlUla Old Town and Winter Park - ready to fuel all of your AlUla adventures.

Entrecote

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.

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Harrat

Located within the beautiful landscapes of Banyan Tree AlUla, Harrat is an Arabic and International restaurant using fresh and seasonal ingredients to create a delightful array of dishes served day and night.

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Le Moulin Bakery

Delicate French pastries and delicious coffee are served all day long at Le Moulin Bakery, found in AlUla’s Old Town.

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MAMZEL

From the beaches of Marbella to the hidden canyons of AlUla, MAMZEL shares the vibrant atmosphere of Spain with all who visit this secret hideout. With an inspired international menu and lively music, MAMZEL is the ultimate place to visit for dinner during Winter at Tantora.

Opening Mid-Dec 2022

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Maraya Social by Jason Atherton

AlUla's first Restaurant by a Michelin Starred Chef. Exquisite dishes have been created to pair with AlUla's unique nature and beauty.

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Merkaz

Serving a selection of traditional Saudi plates, with a selection of traditional sweets and hot drinks.

Temporarily closed

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Myazu

Experience Japanese fine dining in a chic atmosphere through exquisite culinary compositions crafted to create a harmonious balance between smoky, sweet, spicy and vibrant flavours.

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OKTO

OKTO is set atop the beautiful outlook area of Harrat Uwayrid, serving amazing, authentic Greek cuisine at the edge of the Earth. Stunning views and delicious food are perfect for sharing with family and friends.

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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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Saffron

The first of its kind in AlUla, this signature Banyan Tree restaurant serves award-winning contemporary Thai Cuisine, where every meal is a gastronomical journey - a passionate work of art that is a feast for the eyes and the palate.

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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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Starbucks

From Seattle to AlUla, Starbucks has found a new home in AlJadidah! Grab a coffee on your way to AlUla Old Town or the AlUla Oasis.

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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Summer Untold Brochure

For more in-depth information on summer offerings, please see our Summer Untold brochure.

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Must-See AlUla Locations

Explore the awe-inspiring carved sandstone tombs of Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra. Gaze up at the monumental natural rock formation of Elephant Rock, looming large among the desert landscapes. Don’t miss these must-see locations and more 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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Covid-19 Information & FAQs

We strive to make your visit to this amazing destination as safe as possible. See our FAQ page to learn more about our protocols and to answer any other questions you might have when travelling to AlUla.

COVID-19 Information

We strive to make your visit to this amazing destination as safe as possible.

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Flying to AlUla

Saudia Airlines and Flynas 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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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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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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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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