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Alluring AlUla

Located on a crossroads of civilisations, AlUla is an Oasis City on the incense trade route that’s been inhabited for thousands of years. With its labyrinth of tightly packed streets, vibrant date groves, sprawling moringa trees, hundreds of mudbrick buildings, and a colossal watchtower fort, AlUla’s Old Town is one of Saudi Arabia’s most impressive heritage sites.

The ancient people of AlUla built their houses closely, lined up to form an impenetrable fortress to protect their city from external dangers. In the past, the city wall included 14 gates that the local people opened in the morning to receive merchants, pilgrims and travellers, and closed in the evening.

With the help of residents, researchers and historians have collected memories and details of daily life within the town’s walls. These stories will introduce you to the living memory of this exceptional destination.

Around the area

Ancient and modern sites waiting to be explored.

Festivals and events

Whether it’s arts, music, outdoor activities or thrill-seeking adventures you’re looking for, the local festivals and events will provide unforgettable experiences during the duration of your trip. Here’s just a sample of what’s happening locally over the next few months.

Getting here

Getting to Dar Tantora The House Hotel

Festival and event highlights

Summer 2024

Exploring the textured past of the region’s three great oases of AlUla, Khaybar and Tayma, and the ancient burial sites and desert villages built from mud and stone up close. Immersing guests in cultures of yesteryear and teaching about the power shifts that shaped the region.

Summer 2024

During the AlUla Arts Festival, Daimumah will present participatory small-scale exhibits and long-term public art programs. Additionally, it will feature annual awards recognising artists in residence for their on-site art installations. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of craftsmanship.

Summer 2024

Everyone in AlUlato is invited to discover and try a variety of crafts practices, including palm weaving, pottery, jewellery, geometry, 3D structures, textiles, and more.

Summer 2024

Madrasat Addeera is AlUla’s first Arts and Design Centre. It’s dedicated to developing artisanal skills and craft programs among the local population to support the growth of a sustainable, vibrant, and authentically creative artisan and design industry. At a cornerstone of AlJadidah, AlUla’s vibrant arts district, the centre aims to

Summer 2024

Explore the vibrant public art scene in AlJadidah, AlUla’s artistic district and cultural hub, through a guided walking tour. The tour, led by Hukat AlFann, will showcase contemporary art by leading artists from around the world, specially commissioned works for the AlUla Arts Festival, and pieces created by local students

Summer 2024

The launch of the Design Space AlULa is an opportunity to showcase AlUla’s design aspirations through interactive exhibitions and cultural events. During the Arts Festival, Design Space AlUla showcases a diverse range of workshops, courses, and events specifically tailored for design professionals and emerging talents in the creative industry. Additionally,

Summer 2024

Led by a curator, this weekly tour takes visitors through Desert X 2022 and provides insights into the future contemporary art sites of Desert X 2024 and Wadi AlFann. The tour is designed to showcase the convergence of nature and creativity in AlUla through a private Art Safari, which encompasses

Summer 2024

Launched in 2021, AlUla Artist Residency is a continuous programme of artist residencies and a cornerstone of AlUla’s cultural offering. The programme invites international artists and designers to visit AlUla and engage with the natural wonders, rich history and diverse society. It encourages participants to explore the boundless possibilities of

Summer 2024

Self-taught artist, Hassan Hajjaj has worked in an array of media, from photography, installation and performance to fashion, interior design and furniture-making. In the 1980s, photography became his preferred medium as he photographed friends, musicians and artists from the streets of Marrakesh, often dressing them in clothes he designed himself.

Summer 2024

Their Love is Like All Loves, Their Death is Like All Deaths is a solo exhibition by Wadi AlFann artist Manal AlDowayan. Previously presented at Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid, the artist explores themes of reconciliation, self-healing, and understanding of the socio-historical processes taking place in Saudi Arabia.

Summer 2024

Showcasing the work of leading artists from key Saudi Arabian private collections. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture, photography, installation, and video works from the past 25 years, highlighting the diversity and creativity of contemporary artists.

Summer 2024

The third edition with an extraordinary open-air exhibition, introducing up to 15 artists from around the world with contemporary site-specific installations amidst the remarkable desert landscapes of AlUla. Works will be displayed in different locations, starting from the main hub within Wadi AlFann to the unique sites around AlUla.

8 to 24 February 2024

The third edition of the AlUla Arts Festival will launch on 8 February 2024.The two-week festival will showcase a programme of art, culture, history, and landscapes, as well as exclusive performances and immersive experiences spread across AlUla’s ancient sites and modern-day arts precincts and venues. Guests attending the opening of