● The project aims to both safeguard and develop the ancient archaeological sites, which contain the remains of a number of early cultures and subsequent civilisations.
● During this 2 year period of archaeological investigation, and until a conservation and development plan can be established, some of the sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage site, Hegra, Al-Khuraybah and Jabal ‘Ikmah remain temporarily inaccessible to the public. Reopening in 2020, the temporary closure will allow experts the opportunity to carry out vital research activity and plan for how to best preserve and present the sites.
● RCU is working with a team of leading experts and organisations who share its commitment to securing AlUla’s future as an international cultural destination and a revitalized economic region.
● Developing the potential of the site in a sustainable and responsible manner also means integrating the region’s inhabitants into the process. The opening of AlUla to the world must ensure they are the first beneficiaries of this new kind of tourism. The project will offer them the opportunity to display their hospitality, their traditions, their know-how, and to enjoy the cultural dynamism of the future site.