Preserving Documentary Heritage in AlUla

Situated at the crossroads of ancient trade and pilgrimage routes, AlUla is—in spirit and substance—a tapestry exhibiting cultural exchanges between civilizations over the ages.
Jabal Ikmah, ancient Arabian rock art and inscription site; 1st millenium BCE; al-Ula, Saudi Arabia

A meeting point for societies of the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean world, and Asia, AlUla has borne witness to 200,000 years of human memory and served as a setting where the arcs of common cultural heritage, the Arabic language, and humanity’s relationship with the natural environment has evolved and endured.

AlUla’s Hegra Archaeological Site (Al-Hijr / Mada’in Salih) was the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia, and in serving as a canvas that contributed to the region’s record of its cultural origins, it embodies the same spirit as UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Programme.