Al Ula (ٱلْعُلَا in Arabic) is an ancient Arabic
oasis city located in the western mountain range of Saudi Arabia, 900 km northwest of Riad. Al Ula currently is the most important and developed tourist site in Saudi Arabia. It offers a unique combination of historical and archaeological sites and amazing scenery in a relatively small area. Al Ula is also one of the few sites in Saudi Arabia with a well developed tourist infrastructure. It has an international airport, many hotels and restaurants and tours to the area which are bookable online.
Around Al Ula there are the Jabal Ikmah area with ancient, pre-Islamic stone inscriptions with an early version of the Arabic language, the ancient city of Dadan, several tombs from the Nabatean and Dedanite periods, the UNESCO world heritage site of Hegra (also known as Mada'in Saleh), the Al Ula heritage village with ruins of the old settlement, a number of natural sights such as for instance Elephant Rock, a large rock outcrop with the shape of an elephant and the Al Ula oasis with palm trees and farm fields. The earliest historic sites date back to the 7th century BC.
How to get to Al Ula
Al Ula has an international airport with flights to Saudi cities and cities in the Middle East. It's also easily possible to reach Al Ula by car.
There are several hotels and other accomodation options in the medium to upper price bracket, most bookable via the international booking portals.