The birthplace of two ancient Arabian kingdoms
Proud to be Saudi Arabia’s most popular tourist destination
During the 1st millennium BCE, Al-Ula saw the rise of the ancient city of Dedan that became the capital of two successive kingdoms, Dedan and Lihyan, that ruled over the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula.
And at the end of the 1st millennium BCE a new power coming from the north, the Nabateans, installed their southernmost outpost and second most important city 20 kilometers to the north of Al-Ula, in Madain Saleh.
After the Muslim conquest, Alula became a station along the pilgrimage road from Damascus to Makkah Pilgrim caravans used to halt in Wadi Al-Qura to buy provisions and water and to rest.