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CONTEXT

 

Located 1,100 km from Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia's North-West, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage. This vast area, covering 22,561 square kilometers, includes an oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains, and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to the Lihyan and Nabataean kingdoms.

 

 

The most well-known and recognized site in AlUla is Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare ancient city, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom and is comprised of more than 100 well preserved tombs with elaborate facades cut out of the sandstone outcrops surrounding the walled urban settlement.

 

 

Current research also suggests Hegra was the most southern outpost of the Roman Empire after conquering the Nabataeans in 106 CE.

 

 

In addition to the Hegra, AlUla is home to fascinating historical and archaeological sites such as: Ancient Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan kingdoms, which is considered one of the most developed cities on the Arabian Peninsula in the 1st millennium BCE; thousands of ancient rock art and inscription sites at Jabal Ikmah; the Old City, a labyrinth of more than 900 mud-brick houses developed since at least the 12th century, and the Hijaz Railway and Hegra Fort, key sites in the history and conquests of Lawrence of Arabia.

 

 

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