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    Welcome to AlUla the land of civilization and the world’s largest living museum

    AlUla is a county which visitors can travel to and explore at any time, however, under the guidance of the Royal Commission for AlUla, there is much development to the area in progress and the Heritage Sites will open in October 2020.


    Heritage Sites (CLOSED AT PRESENT)

    Visitors to Winter at Tantora season two, held 19 Dec 2019 to 7 March 2020 were able to get a sneak peek at the world-renowned Heritage sites of AIUla: HEGRA (modern Mada'in Salih), JABAL 'IKMAH & DADAN (MODERN AL-KHURAYBAH). The heritage sites are closed until further notice as part of the efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in the interest of visitor safety.

    Begin exploring the heritage sites through our 360 experiences

    Explore Dadan Explore Jabal Ithlib

    Getting Here

    Flights fly from King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah and King Khalid International Airport (RUH) ) in Riyadh to AlUla.

    Getting a Visa

    Tourist visas are currently suspended to the Kingdom due to COVID-19. Once the Kingdom reopens, those who are planning a visit to AlUla will require a visa, which can be issued electronically within 24 hours and is valid for 30 days. Get your Visa to Saudi Arabia.

    Local Weather

    Winter is the perfect time of year to visit AlUla, with temperatures ranging from 15-25°C with very little rainfall. While the days are warm, there are cooler temperatures in the evenings and breezes on higher ground, so be sure to pack for colder weather to be comfortable.

    What to Pack

    Local customs call for both men and women to dress modestly (with knees and elbows covered). Flat comfortable shoes are recommended when visiting various sites and experiences, since walking over varied terrain is often involved. For electronics, AlUla uses the same plugs as in the United Kingdom.

    Where to Stay

    Ashar Resort – currently closed for maintenance
    Shaden- open all year round
    For more information please call 0508503194 or check Booking.com
    Sahari Resort - open all year round
    For more information please call 0551053222 or check Booking.com
    You can book furnished apartments and AlUla farms experiences on:
    Booking.com
    Airbnb


    FAQs

    Find Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about travelling to AlUla

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    What travel company do you reccommend for booking a trip to AlUla?add

    Please contact Al Zahid Tourism Group to facilitate your reservations:
    Number: 966568043473
    Email: Gozahid@zahidtravel.com

    How do I get to AlUla?add

    Currently all flights to AlUla are grounded. Once flight service returns, there are direct flights to AlUla from Jeddah and Riyadh with Saudia at the timings below:

    Riyadh to AlUla
    Sunday and Tuesday
    Departure: 7:00 am - Arrival: 8:45 am
    Thursday
    Departure: 2:35 pm - Arrival: 4:15 pm
    Saturday
    Departure: 6:50 pm - Arrival: 8:35 pm

    AlUla to Riyadh
    Sunday
    Departure: 10:00 am - Arrival: 11:30 am
    Tuesday
    Departure: 9:25 am - Arrival: 10:50 am
    Thursday
    Departure: 5:30 pm - Arrival: 7:00 pm
    Saturday
    Departure: 9:15 pm - Arrival: 10:45 pm

    Jeddah to AlUla
    Thursday
    Departure: 10:30 am - Arrival: 11:45 am
    Saturday
    Departure: 5:25 pm - Arrival: 6:40 pm

    AlUla to Jeddah
    Thursday
    Departure: 12:25 pm - Arrival: 1:35 pm
    Saturday
    Departure: 7:20 pm - Arrival: 8:30 pm


    You can also travel from Medina or Tabuk by the car which will take around 3 hours.

    How can I get around in AlUla?add

    You can rent a car with a driver or without from the following companies:
    Daleel AlUla: 0553338228
    Al Wefaq Company: 0559502782 / www.alwefaq.com

    What are the accommodation options in AlUla?add

    Ashar Resort – currently closed for maintenance
    Shaden- Open year round -
    For more information please call 0508503194 or check Booking.com
    Sahari Resort - Open year round -
    For more information please call 0551053222 or check Booking.com

    You can book furnished apartments and AlUla farms experiences on:
    Booking.com
    Airbnb

    How far is the airport from central AlUla?add

    The airport is 35 km from the city centre, around a 30 minute drive.

    Is there Wi-Fi in AlUla?add

    There are Wi-Fi hotspots at select locations and all hotels. However, if traveling from abroad, it is advised to purchase a local SIM card from one of the telecom providers at the Riyadh or Jeddah airports.

    What is the weather like in AlUla?add

    AlUla’s weather in general is:
    Summer temperature is approximately 40 to 45 degrees Celsius.
    Autumn temperature is approximately 35 to 39 degrees Celsius.
    Winter temperature is from minus 3 degrees to almost 12 degrees Celsius.
    Spring temperature is from about 25 to 30 degrees Celsius.

    What is the local currency? Can I exchange foreign currency there?add

    The local currency is Saudi Riyals. There are ATMs in AlUla, but no currency exchange, so you should plan to exchange money in the Riyadh or Jeddah airports.

    Where can I get more information in AlUla? add

    Through the information desks located in the airport, Shaden Resort, and Sahari Resort.

    Where can I get AlUla merchandise?add

    Through our stores located at the airport.

    What are the local customs and dress code?add

    To be respectful of local customs we suggest both men and women dress modestly (with knees and elbows covered and avoiding tight-fitting clothing or those with profane languages or images). Women do not need to wear a head cover or abaya.

    Proof of marriage is not required for couples to share a hotel room. However, public displays of affection are not consistent with local culture. Visitors should also avoid using profane language or gestures.

    At prayer time, five times a day, music is turned off in public places and many shops close briefly. Visitors should observe decorum during these times.

    The sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol is illegal in Saudi Arabia. It is illegal to bring alcohol or drugs into country.

    Learn more about laws and etiquette in Saudi Arabia.

    Flat comfortable shoes are recommended when visiting various sites and experiences, since walking over varied terrain is often involved. For electronics, AlUla uses the same plugs as in the United Kingdom (Type G).

    Can women travel to Saudi Arabia alone?add

    Yes, certainly. Saudi Arabia is a very safe country for lone travelers and has a very low crime rate.
    Female travelers aged 18 and older can travel independently (including driving and booking hotel rooms) on the e-visa without the need for male escorts.

    Women do not need to wear a head cover or abaya, but should dress modestly, covering elbows and knees and avoiding tight clothing.

    See the local customs question above for more information.

    What are the visa requirements for traveling to Saudi Arabia?add

    Tourist visas are currently suspended to the Kingdom due to COVID-19.
    Visit www.visitsaudi.com for more information.

    Is there a supermarket nearby?add

    Yes, you can buy food, health products, and personal care from Bin Eid Market.

    Where can I get SIM card providers, and are there several companies?add

    STC in Al Sakhirat and Mobily in Al Shamal Market, and Zain in the city centre.

    What are the archaeological sites in AlUla?add

    AlUla is home to a series of fascinating historical and archaeological sites such as Ancient Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan Kingdoms. Also, the site of Hegra, modern Mada'in Salih, was the principal southern city of the Nabataean kingdom, famed for its spectacular monumental tombs.

    In the context of precautionary measures to achieve the highest levels of health and safety for the community, all archaeological sites will be closed from receiving visitors until further notice.

    What is Hegra? What is the Hegra tour?add

    Dating to pre-Islamic times, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest preserved site south of Jordan for the Nabataean civilization, making it a site with high global significance. You can also see one of the stations on of the Hijaz Railway within this site.

    In the context of precautionary measures to achieve the highest levels of health and safety for the community, all archaeological sites will be closed from receiving visitors until further notice.

    We have 5 places to discover inside Hegra:

    1-Hijaz Railway Station:
    The Hijaz Railway is one of the oldest train stations in the world. This project was funded by the Islamic world to facilitate Hajj for Muslims. This construction took 8 years from 1900 to 1908 from Damascus to Medina.

    2-Jabal Ithlib:
    This area was of great significance to the Nabataeans. Home to Diwan, a meeting place for gentry and leaders and a place of religious significance shown by the well-preserved niches and beatyls in this site. You can imagine beautiful music resonating around its walls or the leaders of the city delivering their speeches. There is also evidence of the Nabataeans superior water-management skill here.

    Begin exploring Jabal Ithlib through our 360 experience.
    Explore Jabal Ithlib

    3-Jabal Albanat:
    The most visible remnants of the Nabataean civilization are its tombs, and particularly those featuring elaborately carved facades, which were mainly created for the wealthier or more elite members of Hegra’s society. They are decorated with a range of symbols and inscriptions that served to commemorate the dead. Hegra’s tombs are mostly concentrated in groups carved into individual outcrops around the city area such as Jabal AlBanat which means the girls’ mountain, why? You will answer the question when you visit it.

    4-Jabal Alahmar:
    A large sand dune protected the tombs on the massif's eastern face and preserved their remains for thousands of years. The Tomb of Hinat, daughter of Wahbu, is particularly significant and excavations undertaken within the tomb revealed the remains of around 80 individuals which have helped archaeologists reconstruct the burial practices of Hegra’s Nabataeans.

    5-Lihyan son of Kuza tomb:
    Hegra’s most iconic tomb stands alone in the vast landscape. Its size and unique location suggests that it must have belonged to a very important Nabataean individual or family. The inscription above the door bears no date and follows a different formula to other known tomb inscriptions that follow a set legal formula. It simply reads “Lihyan son of Kuza took it”.

    What is Dadan Kingdom?add

    This kingdom took control of the incense road commercial caravans carrying incense, frankincense, spices and grain passed through here. The road was called the incense road because of its importance and its direct association with worship.

    We have 2 places to see inside Dadan:

    1-Lion tombs:
    Several dozen rock-cut tombs were carved into the lower section of the cliffs to the east of Dadan or just below it. Some were collective (possibly family) tombs with several funerary structures inside. Others were used for a single person. The lions here may act as symbols of strength and power. The location of these tombs may reflect the social position of those buried: they are highly visible across the oasis and overlook the city. The rock-cut tombs of Dadan predate the carved tombs of Hegra, indicating a long practise of monumental tomb-building in AlUla.

    2-Excavation Area:
    Excavations undertaken at Dadan since 2004 have revealed impressive religious architecture, both within the city of Dadan and at Umm Daraj and Tell al-Kathib. Looking across the site towards the oasis, you can see the excavated areas of the temple site, including the basin that is visible in that direction. The temple is believed to have been dedicated to Dhu Ghaybah, who was the primary god of Dadan.

    Begin exploring Dadan through our 360 experience.
    Explore Dadan

    Are archaeological sites open?add

    In the context of precautionary measures to achieve the highest levels of health and safety for the community, all archaeological sites will be closed until further notice.

    What places can I visit in AlUla?add

    Elephant Rock is a huge rock 50 meters high and is distinguished by its unique shape that resembles an elephant. It is surrounded by a group of light-coloured mountains and is located in a wide area covered with golden sands 7 km to the east of AlUla. https://goo.gl/maps/EJKvQ2gXUgbAmCmb8"> Location
    Ayan AlUla an eye-shaped mountain in AlUla. Location
    Ras Al Theeb A rock-formation that is shaped like a wolf. Location
    Fitr Al Zameela Shaped like a mushroom, the site is located in al Zameela. https://goo.gl/maps/wJk9XqCUhAYrEsAZA">Location

    What do I do in case of emergency in AlUla?add

    For any inquiries related to Coronavirus, please call 937 For emergency situations, please go to Prince Abdulmohsen Hospital in AlUla or call the Saudi Red Crescent to request an ambulance 997.

    What are the best clinics in AlUla?add

    We advise you to go to the hospital, but for minor cases you can visit:
    Pure Clinic, Bateel Clinic, and Al-Busraji Clinic, all located in Al-Aziziya.

    What is Jabal 'Ikmah?add

    Jabal ‘Ikmah, a mountain located in the northern part of AlUla province, has been identified as one of the largest ‘open libraries’ in Saudi Arabia.
    The mountain was a religious destination for the Lihyans, and most of the inscriptions on the mountain speak of people who came to offer sacrifices to the great god “Dhu Gaiba”, and a number of other gods who worshiped by them. There are also many animal drawings that indicate the existence of animals that have lived in the valley in the past, such as bulls, ibexes, ostriches, hares, camels and horses.
    We invite you to journey through a living museum of preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, historic dwellings and monuments, both natural and human-made, that hold 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history from October 2020.

    What are the eating options in AlUla?add

    There are several options for restaurants in AlUla, such as: Heritage Garden Restaurant, Barzan, Holi and Fish Market
    For fast food: Kudu, Tetra pizza, Tawook and many other restaurants

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