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.


The first art residency program located at the heart of the oasis of AlUla unveiled today

December 2, 2021

The first art residency pilot program in AlUla has been revealed today. Over a period of 11 weeks, until January 14, 2022, an exciting lineup of six artists will work on the ground, around the theme “rebirth of the oasis.”

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Thales and the Royal Commission for AlUla sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for smart and sustainable city development

October 28, 2021

The French group Thales has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Royal Commission for AlUla – the remarkable natural and cultural heritage destination in north-west Saudi Arabia – to implement its smart and sustainable city.

With a strong track record in delivering solutions that support smart, livable and sustainable cities, Thales will provide the Royal Commission with innovation excellence, technological expertise and global experience to support the ambition of becoming a global benchmark destination in sustainable development and as a place to visit, live and work.

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The French Agency for AlUla Development (AFALULA) is proud to announce the signing of a contract between the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and French consortium Egis-Assystem-Setec

October 27, 2021

Transformation of AlUla gathers pace as RCU signs a strategic partnership with Egis-led French consortium.

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