Ramadan and Eid AlFitr 2024

In 2024, AlUla transformed during the holy month, weaving together the spirit of Ramadan and the joy of Eid AlFitr. The region was alive with festiveness in the pedestrian-friendly areas of Old Town, AlJadidah Arts District, and the Oasis. The atmosphere was heightened by the glow of lights and lanterns, symbolising the blend of reflection during Ramadan and celebration at Eid AlFitr.

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Ramadan

Throughout Ramadan, AlUla offered unique experiences, from communal open-air Iftars that celebrated local cuisine, to nights filled with the calming ambiance of local music. Traditional experiences gave visitors and locals alike a glimpse of the true essence of Ramadan. Families and friends got together at various stunning meeting points to celebrate nature and self-reflection.

Eid AlFitr

As Ramadan drew to a close, the energy and excitement of Eid AlFitr took over. Music performances, cultural events, and interactive experiences painted the city with vibrant colours, echoing the jubilant mood. There were breathtaking stargazing experiences in Bedouin-inspired tents, a display of sheer talent by local performers, and mouthwatering brunches on offer.

Blending reflection and celebration

These festivities left a mark on visitors, as the city, steeped in history and natural beauty, stood as a beacon for those seeking a unique blend of cultural and spiritual experiences during this special time.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Eid

Eid literally means “holiday” or “celebration”. Islam has two main Eid holidays: Eid AlFitr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, and Eid AlAdha, which occurs right after the Hajj (pilgrimage).

Eid AlFitr is a three-day holiday known as the “Smaller Eid” compared to Eid AlAdha, which is four days long and known as the “Greater Eid”.

Eid AlFitr is commemorated by a large, community-wide prayer service in the morning, followed by visiting neighbours, friends and family throughout the day. Homes are prepared with Saudi coffee, tea and dates – the base of Saudi hospitality. Children usually receive Eideya (small sums of money), and everyone shares a meal. The food of Eid AlFitr includes samosas, a date-filled cookie called maamoul, and other traditional sweets.

Eid is a festive time in AlUla, with celebrations across the city for both Eid AlFitr and Eid AlAdha. From parades and music to beautiful lights and small giveaways, all ages are welcome to join in the merriment.

While some businesses in the city centre may close for Eid, the restaurants and shops in Old Town and AlJadidah have extended opening hours. Please see our Food and drink page for individual restaurant timings.