In October 2020, AlUla, an open-air museum the size of a country in Saudi Arabia which includes the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, will officially re-open and welcome visitors. Located 1,100km from Riyadh in north-west Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage.
The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) is working to develop the region into a tourist destination for archaeological heritage, nature conservation and the arts as part of the country’s Saudi Vision 2030. A sensitive renewal of the region is being delivered, balancing a duty to conserve and protect the natural and cultural heritage with an ambition to attract visitors from around the world. From October visitors will be able to access the main heritage sites, cultural touring options and a range of adventure experiences.
The vast area, covering 22,561km², includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean kingdoms reigned.
While some attendees of AlUla’s Winter at Tantora annual arts festival have been granted access to the archaeological sites in the event’s first two years, now for the first time, AlUla’s landmarks of unprecedented historical and cultural significance and its 200,000 years of human legacy are going to be accessible for all visitors all year round. From October 2020, visitor experiences will be opened up in phases.