French Agency for
ALULA development


Gérard Mestrallet
Executive Chairman of Afalula

Saudi Arabia and France share a vision to implement a new economic and touristic development model, focused on the absolute preservation of the environment, respectful of history, and inclusive of local populations. Through art and culture, the project will be dedicated to offering an authentic touristic experience faithful to the traditions of hospitality in the Arab World.


The French Agency’s mission is to support its Saudi partner, the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), in the transformation of the AlUla region into a worldwide cultural and touristic destination.


Appointment of Sophie Makariou as Scientific Director

January 4, 2023

The French Agency for AlUla Development (AFALULA) announces the appointment of Sophie Makariou as Scientific Director in charge of the Culture and Heritage division (Archaeology, Contemporary Art and Museums). Sophie Makariou was previously President of the Musée des Arts asiatiques – Guimet. She succeeds Jean-François Charnier, who left his post in September 2022. Gérard Mestrallet…

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France and Saudi Arabia sign long-term partnerships

December 22, 2022

During the visit to AlUla of the Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade, Attractiveness, and French Nationals Abroad, the Royal Commission for AlUla signed a foundational agreement with RATP Dev, a subsidiary of the RATP group, as well as two memoranda of understanding with the French companies Amane Advisors and Idverde concerning long-term strategic partnerships.

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Resumption of direct flights between Paris and the ancient oasis of AlUla

November 8, 2022

From December 4th, SAUDIA will resume its direct flights between Paris and AlUla in Saudi Arabia with one flight per week.

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