Explore AlUla Moments: A Complete Guide

What is “AlUla Moments”?

AlUla Moments is one of the best experiences that you can indulge in to explore everything that AlUla has to offer. Starting from October 01, 2021 and going on till March 27, 2022, this event celebrates the ancient town of AlUla.

Jam-packed with different festivals, experiences and events related to music, art, culture, heritage, food as well as adventure, it is in AlUla Moments where visitors can find themselves, thereby promoting the “U” or “YOU” in AlUla.

The event boasts of the much bigger and better Winter at Tantora, along with other events like camel races, adventure activities like Ridge Walk Hike, a Vintage Land Rover Tour and Helicopter Tour, to new culinary experiences and tours of the AlUla Old Town and Hegra, amazing music concerts and a lot more.

Events in AlUla Moments

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AlUla Arts

The AlUla Arts Festival is one of the most anticipated festivals in AlUla Moments, and will bring together various displays and exhibitions by many different artists to celebrate this town’s legacy at a cultural center.

The festival has a theme of “Art of Our Time,” and will organize an exhibition of contemporary art by some of the best artists in Saudi. This festival will run from February 13, 2022 to February 26, 2022.

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AlUla Skies

Amongst the best festivals in AlUla Moments is the AlUla Skies, which will offer visitors and tourists some of the best bird’s eye views of the amazing geological landscapes of this region, including its ancient heritage sites, monuments and volcanic plains. From aerial views of Hegra from a hot air balloon, and vistas of the oasis from a vintage plane, to a helicopter ride over the Madakheel canyons, this festival will have it all.

To add to the excitement, the festival will also organize other events, such as a stargazing tour and a musical performance under the twinkling night sky. The AlUla Skies event will run from February 27, 2022 to March 12, 2022.

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AlUla Wellness Festival

It is in the AlUla Wellness Festival where tourists and locals will be able to experience all things wellness-related. In addition to a full range of experiences related to the mind, body and soul, such as yoga, mindfulness practice and meditation at the Five Senses Sanctuary, to an energy-filled Eco-Trail, and art installations using space, light and sound, this festival will have it all. You can attend the AlUla Wellness Festival from March 17, 2022 to March 27, 2022.
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Winter at Tantora

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Winter at Tantora was the very first music and arts festival that was organized in Saudi, and with AlUla Moments, it returns to its home even better than before. Beginning with a Candlelit Symphonic Concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra, followed by many archeology and cultural workshops as well as live immersion shows and concerts, this festival will be a sight to behold.

Other events in the festival include a new haute couture horse fashion event, the Ikmah Fashion Calvary, as well as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Race and the AlUla Desert Polo Competition.

Additionally, there will also be a Citrus Festival to highlight the produce of the region, along with the Harrat Observation Desk where visitors will be able to view the beautiful sunrise and sunset. The Winter at Tantora festival will run from December 21, 2021 to February 12, 2022.

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AlUla Old Town

AlUla Moments will also host the AlUla Old Town event, which will consist of re-enactment of historical shows that are guaranteed to transport you to the times gone by. The event will also bring back age-old fables and folktales to life in a newer way. You can attend the shows of the AlUla Old Town between December 21, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

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Ferrata Experience

Also known as the Via Ferrata Experience, this event will take visitors on a journey through the majestic desert canyons in AlUla, while passing through the different terrains consisting of varied climbing points, amazing bridges as well as suspended obstacles.

This is a relatively newer addition to AlUla Moments, and is said to challenge the adventurer in you, and this event will last from November 22, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Activities to Do in AlUla Moments

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Stargazing at Gharameel

When going to AlUla Moments, one of the best activities that you can indulge in is a stargazing experience at Gharameel. Led by a guide, it is in this activity where you will find yourself surrounded by the mystical rock formations of Gharameel, while you soak in some of the most unparalleled and stunning views of the starry night sky.
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Vintage Land Rover Hegra Day Tour

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Another one of the best activities that you can enjoy in AlUla Moments is a day tour of Hegra in a vintage Land Rover. This tour will take you through some of the best attractions in Saudi’s very first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra, including the Hijaz Railway and carved tombs through AlUla, to the secret ceremonial chambers, the rock outcrop of Jabal Ithlib and other places of interest.
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The Ridge Walk Hike

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One of the best adventure activities that you can do on your visit to AlUla Moments is the Ridge Walk Hike, which is an experience like no other, and will offer you a greater perspective of this desert region. The 4-kilometer long hike will be guided by an expert and will take visitors all the way to a vantage point that overlooks the Wadi AlUla.

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AlUla Old Town Tour

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Your AlUla Moments experience will remain incomplete without indulging in the AlUla Old Town Tour, which offers visitors a glimpse into the town’s rich history, telling them the stories of where the travelers, pilgrims and settlers congregated through the ages. Additionally, the tour will also reveal the town’s history dating back to the 12th century.

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Helicopter Tour of AlUla

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One of the best activities to do during a visit to AlUla Moments is a helicopter ride, which will offer visitors some of the best panoramic views of the stunning desserts, oasis and other famous landmarks of AlUla, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra and the Elephant Rock, among others.

The 30-minute helicopter ride will also offer scenic bird’s eye views of the ancient tombs that have been carved into the red and golden rocks, the Hejaz Railway, Jabal Hikmah, AlUla Old Town and other attractions.

Best Places to Eat in AlUla Moments

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Pink Camel Pastry Boutique

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The Pink Camel Pastry Boutique is one of the best places to eat in AlUla Moments. Tucked in the midst of the town’s beautiful citrus and date palm trees, this bakery is the best place to tuck into delicious macarons, savory snacks as well as freshly brewed coffee. Some of the other items that are popular here include the wide range of healthy soups and salads.

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Le Moulin Bakery

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Offering a wide range of delicate French pastries as well as lip-smacking coffee, Le Moulin Bakery is amongst the best places to satiate your hunger in AlUla Moments. The bakery takes its inspiration from the sophisticated cafes in France, and specializes in various delicacies, including croissants, madeleines and more.

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Merkaz

What’s better than to indulge in traditional Saudi cuisine at AlUla Moments? To gorge on some of the timeless flavors of the Arabian Peninsula, head over to Merkaz, and get a chance to taste everything from delicious meat dishes, soups and salads, to mouthwatering Saudi desserts.
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Rahba Café

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Rahba Café is one of the best places for a meal in AlUla Moments, especially if you are in a hurry. Offering a wide range of items on the menu, from healthy and quick pick-me-ups, to breakfast, lunch as well as local refreshments, coffee and shisha, the Rahba Café is also a great place to soak in views of the AlUla Old Town.
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Alnakheel Café

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Another one of the relaxed and casual dining venues for a delicious meal in AlUla Moments is the Alnakheel Café, where visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. Located in the AlUla Old Town, this café has an outdoor dining concept, and is known for its wide range of refreshing drinks, snacks and shisha.

Where to Stay in Alula

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Habitas AlUla

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Habitas AlUla is one of the best places to stay in AlUla Moments. Blending luxury with comfort in an eco-friendly way, the resort is tucked amidst an age-old oasis in the desert canyons of the Ashar Valley, and offers guests amazing views of the palm trees and sandstone cliffs.

Home to over 90 rooms, the resort also has restaurants, a yoga deck, wellness and fitness centers as well as a swimming pool.

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Shaden Resort

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The Shaden Resort is one of the best in AlUla Moments, and boasts of modern amenities like a swimming pool, shared lounge, a restaurant, as well as more than 100 deluxe rooms and villas, with stunning views of the mountains. The resort also has private pool suites and royal suites available for an even more luxurious experience.

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Sahary AlUla Resort

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Surrounded by Rock Mountains, the Sahary AlUla Resort is one of the most popular in the region, with 80 rooms ranging from standard rooms to superior and deluxe suites. The resort is also known for other modern amenities, including a restaurant and swimming pool, games room and more.

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Canyon RV Park

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Set in the mystical canyon valleys of AlUla, the Canyon RV Park is another great place to stay in AlUla Moments. Bringing a modern twist to traditional camping in the region, this accommodation consists of the best-in-class Airstream RVs, all of which are gathered around a huge bonfire under the twinkling sky.

Every single RV in the Canyon RV Park is fully equipped with a private patio, bathroom, mini kitchen and other amenities.

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