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Thoughtful local action, significant global impact

Sustainable practices encompass everything we do, from water conservation to supporting local artisans. So, you can be confident that your stay contributes positively to the environment and the community.

Locality

Our story is rooted in the community – where locality isn’t just a concept, but the essence of our existence. And it begins with the people of AlUla. By collaborating with local artisans, vendors, and cultural organisations, we weave the vibrant tapestry of the community into the experience of every guest. From sourcing local materials to collaborating with local artists, celebrating local traditions through events to partnering with local farmers, and even using cleaning agents from a company that produces locally and is Green Key Certified – every step strengthens our bond with the community.

Waste

Our pledge extends to conscious living. We tackle waste head-on, from plastics to metals, collaborating with Saudi Arabian vendors for effective recycling and reduction measures. In our kitchens, the fight against food waste is a priority, aligning our operations with the ethos of resource efficiency – using an on-site food digester to turn unavoidable food waste into liquid. We also use an automated food waste measurement system to assist kitchen teams in identifying types of food that’s wasted, helping us to produce less to begin with.

Amenities

Feel the essence of our sustainable commitment in the simplest of amenities at Dar Tantora The House Hotel. From locally handcrafted clay water jars that keep water naturally cool, to eco-friendly amenities that are free from single-use plastic – each element is designed to reduce waste and enhance your experience.

Light and air

The magic of Dar Tantora The House Hotel is illuminated in the glow of dimmed, natural lighting and flickering candlelight, creating a milieu of mystery and expectation. Our candlelight and oil wick lamps further reduce our energy usage, and our use of natural building materials act as a natural insulator. Our traditional homes, a testament to age-old wisdom, naturally regulate temperatures, thanks to the ingenious use of controlled air currents and thermal insulation.

Read more about United, Building a Better Universe (UBBU) – Kerten Hospitality’s Environmental Social Governance Strategy – here.

Experience highlights

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The first of its kind in the Kingdom, this unique running challenge will take place over the hottest time of the year. Runners from all over the world will participate in this sweltering desert race, across distances ranging from five kilometres to a full marathon.

Until 10 March 2024

Immerse yourself in nature with this 4km hike through the Hidden Valley within the Sharaan Nature Reserve.

Until 10 March 2024

Take your adventure to the next level with rock climbing on the spectacular rocks of AlUla.

Until 10 March 2024

Take a leap on the Giant Swing in AlUla swinging over 85 metres above the ground into a 70-metre arc in a stunning canyon.

Until 10 March 2024

The first of its kind in the region, the AlUla Stairway takes you up a 45-metre ladder with a zipline back down.

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‘The Pinnacle of Camel Racing’, the AlUla Camel Cup brings together some of the world’s finest racing camels to compete in one of the region’s oldest sports. Each day features a different kind of race, testing the speed, strength and endurance of these remarkable ‘ships of the desert’.

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The first Infinity race to ever take place outside of North America, this epic eight-hour competition challenges athletes to accomplish the largest number of laps around an obstacle course. The winner of this incredible event will be awarded one of the largest financial prizes in obstacle-course racing history.

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Returning in its fifth edition, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup will welcome riders to compete on the desert track with the finest horses from around the world. Equestrian enthusiasts and spectators will have an opportunity to experience AlUla’s ancient Arabian horse heritage culture.

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In partnership with a top fashion house, this landmark event will feature a couture collection inspired by AlUla. The mirrored Mayara building and surrounding scenery will also provide stunning backdrops for the fashion show, cocktail reception and showroom.

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Returning for a third edition, the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo promises four days of high-energy tournament action. The prestigious equestrian event will attract top players from the region and beyond to compete among AlUla’s spectacular scenery.

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This epic event takes runners through stunning desert landscapes and past some of AlUla’s most iconic landmarks. From an ultramarathon to a run for kids, there are also routes for participants of all ages and levels.

Running from November to February

A dynamic centre of all things music, the AlUla Music Hub is located in the bustling arts and culture district of AlJadidah. Children and adults are invited to take lessons for instruments such as the oud, guitar, qanoon and piano. All group courses at the AlUla Music Hub are designed

10 to 20 April, 2024

From enjoying AlUla’s stunning landscape from the air to gazing up at galaxies of stars, the annual AlUla Skies Festival is a celebration of all things sky.