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AlUla Old Town

Duration: At your own pace

Overview: In the 12th century, AlUla Old Town became an essential settlement along the pilgrimage route from Damascus to Makkah. The houses were designed to be attached to one another, providing fortification, which hints to defence being a priority for the city's early inhabitants. At one point, the city was accessed by 14 gates, which were opened in the morning to welcome travellers, pilgrims and other visitors, and closed each evening. The ancient city’s recent occupation has enabled researchers to begin to gather oral histories, painting a picture of what life was like inside its walls. These stories will one day be available to visitors who can look forward to tapping into AlUla Old Town’s living memory.

Please Note: Both men and women are encouraged to dress modestly in public and avoid tight-fitting clothing.

Rock formations of AlUla

Duration: 5 to 6 hours / At Your Own Pace

Overview: One of AlUla’s most recognizable rock formations, The Arch (also known as Rainbow Rock) is well worth the 90-minute drive from the centre of the city. Its bridge-shaped structure, which resembles a rainbow flanked by two clouds, is a rare sight indeed. Though you will be enthralled by this sprawling display of sandstone, don’t miss spotting semi-precious desert diamonds on-site. You can eye these multi-coloured pieces of quartz embedded in the rock itself and scattered on the surrounding ground.

Jabal Alfil

Also known as Elephant Rock, as the name suggests, this red sandstone marvel is shaped like an elephant with a distinctive ‘trunk’ and ‘body’ – the result of millions of years of wind and water erosion.

Other rock formations like Dancing Rocks, Jar Rock, Face Rock and many more.

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