Al Ula officially reopens for visitors in Saudi Arabia

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Al Ula, the historical crossroad of ancient civilizations in northwest Saudi Arabia, has officially reopened for visitors this weekend, local media reported.

Visitors do not have to wait for a season to visit AlUla; they can now visit the ancient site at any time. The destination will be ready for international visitors, too, when travel restrictions are lifted next year.

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has unveiled the full suite of experiences that will be introduced in a phased manner over the coming months.

Heritage sites, Hegra, Jabal Ikmah and Dadan are the first to reopen for bookings. The Hegra experience includes full immersion into the Nabataean ways of life at sites, including the most iconic, Tomb of Lihyan son of Kuza, plus Jabal Ithlib, The Diwan, Jabal Alhamar, and the well.

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At the ancient city of Dadan, the capital city of the Dadanite and Liyhanite kingdoms and one of the most developed cities in the first millennia BC, visitors will get a chance to become an archaeologist for the day.

Archaeologists began extensive excavations at Dadan in February 2020 to explore this relatively unknown period in AlUa’s 200,000 years of human history. From December, a family-friendly 40-minute “Archaeology for Everyone” workshop will have kids digging for artifacts to get in on the action. There will also be live immersion shows, audio tours and visitors will have the opportunity to tour the extensive site in a vintage jeep.

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Other experiences announced for later in the year include camel tours of key tombs and night-time experiences including light shows and night-time markets.

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