About RCU The Royal Commission for AlUla was established in 2017 to safeguard AlUla's precious landscapes and cultural heritage for future generations. Working with local and international experts in archaeology, heritage conservation and preservation, architecture and master planning to deliver an environmentally and historically-sensitive transformation of AlUla, the development plan will commission the infrastructure and visitor facilities that will underpin AlUla’s future success, while protecting its natural beauty and historic sites. About AlUla Located 1,100km from Riyadh in north-west Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage. The vast area, covering 22,561km², includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years. The most well-known and recognised 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 nearly 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate facades cut into sandstone outcrops. Current research suggests Hegra was the most southern outpost of the Romans after conquering the Nabataeans in 106 CE. In addition to Hegra, AlUla is home to a series of fascinating historical and archaeological sites such as an Old Town surrounded by an ancient oasis, Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan Kingdoms, which is considered one of the most developed 1st-millennium BCE cities of the Arabian Peninsula; thousands of ancient rock art sites and inscriptions in Jabal Ikmah; and Hijaz Railway stations.