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DADAN

AlUla was also capital of the ancient kingdoms of Dadan and Lihyan from at least around the 8th century BCE until the early 1st century BCE. As the capital, it was considered one of the most developed cities on the Arabian Peninsula during the first millennium, owing its prosperity to being at a crossroads of the long-distance incense trade. Excavations by King Saud University recovered colossal human-figure sculptures, possibly from inside a temple. The necropolis of the Lion Tombs is the standout feature of this site.

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AL DIWAN AND
JABAL ITHLIB

Religious or ritual practices at Hegra were concentrated around Jabal Ithlib, a natural mountain outcrop to the east of the city. A special feature is a rock-cut chamber known as the Diwan, where ritual or elite banqueting and political discussions took place.

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JABAL ALBANAT

Over 100 monumental tombs are carved into the rocky outcrops surrounding the ancient city of Hegra. Jabal AlBanat has one of the largest clusters of tombs; 29 tombs are carved on all sides of the sandstone rock. This location also has a high number of preserved inscriptions which detail the ownership of the tombs. Many of the inscriptions at Jabal AlBanat mention female names, which is reflected in the site's name “AlBanat”, meaning women or girls.

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JABAL ALAHMAR

Among Hegra’s outcrops is Jabal AlAhmar, a name referring to the red hue of the rock. This location has 18 tombs of which a few were recently excavated. Unique discoveries reveal the secrets of Nabataean burial rituals at Hegra.

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JABAL Ikmah

Jabal Ikmah, a mountain near to the ancient city of Dadan, the capital of Dadanite and Lihyanite Kingdoms, has been described as a huge open-air library. More than 500 inscriptions adorn the rocks among a natural gorge, offering unique insights into the life of ancient civilisations. The messages record journeys, pilgrimages and offerings, articulating the hopes and fears of those who left them.

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Old Town

Once the home of nearly 900 houses, 400 shops and 5 town squares, the Old Town of AlUla still contains remnants of some of the original stone and mudbrick buildings constructed here. A citadel dating to the 10th Century watches over the town and the nearby Oasis.

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