The Royal Commission for AlUla announced on April 10th, 2018 the signing of a historic agreement of cooperation as part of the ambitious development project of AlUla.
A region of outstanding natural and cultural significance in northwest Saudi Arabia, AlUla is home to the Nabataean city of Hegra, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
In the presence of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and Gérard Mestrallet, Special Envoy of the French President for AlUla, the intergovernmental agreement was signed by His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, Governor of AlUla, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic.
AlUla is a symbol of the Saudi commitment to pioneer a model of sustainable cultural tourism, with a vision and programme created with international and local communities. AlUla’s unique cultural, historical, natural and archaeological treasures will be revealed to the world in this ambitious tourism project for the Kingdom.
France is one of the most natural partners to reveal AlUla and the Nabatean city of Hegra, which has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2008.
Saudi Arabia and France are committed to achieving concrete projects benefiting both countries.
Both Saudi Arabia and France share a joint political willingness to protect and promote world heritage and environment, support sustainable tourism, cultural and educational programme, and promote openness to the dialogue between the cultures.
Both parties are enthusiastic to protect, develop, and promote the great historical sites of AlUla – such as but not limited to the archaeological site of Hegra. From this common will, two concrete outcomes are already established: