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Escape to a Desert Oasis

AlUla is such a noteworthy destination because of its layer upon layer of human history and a wealth of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Few locations can boast such a rich combination of heritage, culture and natural beauty.

There’s also a sense of openness, vastness and quiet that invites visitors to wander in AlUla’s living museum. From mazes of dramatic rock formations to rolling, sand-swept dunes to a valley cloaked in palm and citrus groves to millennia-old clues in basalt lava flows, be sure to leave plenty of time in your AlUla itinerary to commune with its expansive natural offerings.

A Gateway into Saudi Arabia’s Past
AlUla Trails: Adventure Begins

One of the best ways to dip your toe in the area’s unique geology is a guided hike. With excursions for visitors of all abilities, your guide will tell the stories of the people, flora and fauna that have inhabited this area beyond time imaginable. Whether by foot, bike, camel or adrenaline-pumping 4x4, AlUla is a destination that must be seen to be believed.

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An Array of Flora & Fauna
Sharaan Nature Reserve

AlUla is home to breathtaking wilderness and an array of diverse flora and fauna. At Sharaan Nature Reserve, 1,500 square kilometres of soaring red-rock canyons, sprawling desert and valleys carpeted in delicate wildflowers offer a treasure trove of scenic wonders and incredible wildlife.

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One of AlUla’s Most Recognizable Natural Sites
Jabal AlFil: Elephant Rock

Set in golden desert sands and climbing three storeys into the Saudi Arabian sky is the awe-inspiring Elephant Rock, also known as Jabal AlFil, one of AlUla’s many geological marvels. The “trunk” and “body” of this monolithic red sandstone beast were hewn by natural forces — millions of years of wind and water erosion.

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Tilt Your Eyes Skyward
Stargazing: The Darkest of Skies

Experience the enchantment of a desert stargazing tour led by local experts. Far from city lights and surrounded by an otherworldly landscape, marvel at constellations aglow such as Orion and the Big Dipper. Stand in childlike awe as you catch sight of the Milky Way. AlUla's ideal conditions for stargazing mean the enormity of the universe is illuminated right before your eyes.

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Glimpses into History
A Concentration of Rock Art & Inscriptions

For thousands of years, travellers on popular pilgrimage and trade routes in north-western Saudi Arabia often stopped in city hubs to do business and rest. Many of the visitors left messages, inscriptions or rock art, carved and etched into stone to mark their journey through the extraordinary landscapes that now comprise AlUla.

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Natural Wonders Never Cease
Geology of AlUla: A Rich, Diverse Landscape

Throughout the region, you’ll see sand-drifted canyons, red-rock cliff faces, black basalt atop towering mesas and more unique outcrops and rock formations — all surrounded by seas of desert sand deposits. These imagination-spurring rock formations add to the wonder of AlUla, as some have naturally taken the forms of humans, animals and architectural structures.

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AlUla is an ancient oasis in a desert valley with fertile soil and plentiful water. Serving as a crossroads between three continents and a gateway from Arabia to the East and West, AlUla has been built from successive civilisations and peoples and today is an open, living museum.

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