In a move to realize its, tourism ambitions, AlUla, the open-air museum of unprecedented historical and cultural significance in northwest Saudi Arabia, will be re-opening its heritage sites on Oct. 31.
The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has confirmed that the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, the ancient kingdom of Dadan, and the whispering canyons of Jabal Ikmah will be the first sites to re-open to the public, having been largely closed off to visitors for over two years.
In addition, RCU has announced that residents of AlUla will have the opportunity to access the sites exclusively on Oct. 30-31 for free on a first-come-first-served basis for the entire opening weekend.
Visitors are encouraged to sign up to experiencealula.com to be first to hear when bookings become available for the heritage sites and when other bookable experiences are live.
Visitors to AlUla will enjoy significant airport enhancements, new comfortable transport options around town and the heritage sites, and information provision at two new visitor centers. AlUla’s new quality assurance program also ensures visitors will receive a warm and professional AlUla welcome.
Significant COVID safety measures have been put in place, adhering to the Ministry of Health protocols, which align with the ‘safe travels’ guidelines published by the World Travel and Tourism Council.
The measures include mandatory pre-booking of tickets, temperature checks at the airport, distancing and limitations of visitors at the heritage and other sites, increased sanitation measures, and mandatory mask-wearing.
Flights are available with Saudia to AlUla from Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam. AlUla is a 10-hour drive from Riyadh, a 7-hour drive from Jeddah, and just over three hours from Madinah and Tabuk Airport. It’s also only a 2.5-hour drive to the Red Sea which visitors can add on to their trip.