AlUla: A Journey Through Time

29 Oct 2021

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00

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Royal Geographical Society

London, United Kingdom


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AlUla is an awe-inspiring jewel of archaeological significance and rich cultural history. Take a journey through time and view historic artefacts from the RGS' 200-year-old archive, together with inspiring imagery of the destination that is today ready to welcome international visitors.


Visitors to this unique, one-day exhibition will be among the first in the UK to take a journey through time, learning about early British explorers to visit the remote, unique geological landscapes of AlUla, in the North West region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The area includes Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many ancient civilisations have left their mark here with more than 100 monumental Nabataean tombs and an open-air library at Jabal Ikmah near Dadan, which houses more than 500 inscriptions left by travellers spanning thousands of years.

Artefacts and imagery from the Royal Geographical Society's almost 200-year-old archive will tell the story of Arabian exploration. Awe-inspiring imagery and displays from the Royal Commission for AlUla will showcase the vast landscapes of AlUla showcasing both its history and its geographical marvels, from wind-eroded rocks resembling an elephant to ancient tombs and rock art.

A short exclusive film with first-hand impressions of the region by the renowned explorer and TV presenter, Levison Wood will be shown throughout the day.


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