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AlUla is an area of outstanding natural and historical significance in North-West Saudi Arabia. Work is now underway to transform AlUla into one of the world’s premier destinations for nature, culture and heritage. Learn About Journey Through Time

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The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) was established to protect and safeguard AlUla, a region of outstanding natural and cultural significance in North-West Saudi Arabia. RCU is embarking on a long-term plan to develop and deliver a sensitive, sustainable transformation of the region, reaffirming it as one of country’s most important archaeological and cultural destinations and preparing it to welcome visitors from around the world. RCU’s development work in AlUla encompasses a broad range of initiatives across archaeology, tourism, culture, education and the arts, reflecting the ambitious commitment to cultivate tourism and leisure in Saudi Arabia, outlined in Vision 2030.

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The Royal Commission for AlUla and the World Bank sign new strategic agreement to support the sustainable regeneration of the county’s economy and community

 New partnership will leverage the World Bank’s expertise to deliver a comprehensive and inclusive framework to power AlUla’s ongoing development  Global financial and knowledge institution will provide technical support for RCU’s sustainability, inclusive, and cultural agenda

Research supported by Royal Commission for AlUla provides new insights into huge, ancient animal traps known as ‘kites’

New peer-reviewed research into ancient stone-built animal traps, known as ‘desert kites’, reveals sophisticated and extensive hunting of wild animals from the Late Neolithic and shows the ingenuity and perhaps collaborative nature of the region’s peoples in the past.

Along Arabia’s ancient incense route, craftsmanship and community unite to restore centuries-old mosques of AlUla’s old town

AlUla, Saudi Arabia, 18 September 2020: The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) today announced it is in the final stages of restoration work on the centuries-old Hamad Bin Yunus and AlZawiyah mosques in AlUla Old Town. For over 800 years a stopping point for pilgrims to Mecca and situated near the ancient earlier spice and incense trade routes, the town was only abandoned in the early 1980s.