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.
Executive Chairman of the French Agency for AlUla Development – Afalula
Director for MENA, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
Deputy Director General for Globalization, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
Sub-Directorate for Bilateral Economic Relations, Directorate General of the Treasury, French Ministry for the Economy and Finance
Bilateral Affairs – Gulf States, Directorate General of the Treasury, French Ministry for the Economy and Finance
Following a bilateral agreement signed on 10 April 2018 at the Elysee Palace, the French Agency Afalula was founded in Paris in July 2018 to support Saudi Arabia in the economic, touristic and cultural development of AlUla, a region located in the North-West of the Kingdom which benefits from outstanding natural and cultural heritage.
It sets out an historic cooperation between the two nations which aims to strengthen Saudi cultural and historic outreach and make the AlUla region a world-class destination, appreciated by visitors from around the globe.
The Agency’s mission is to mobilize the full breadth of French expertise (specialists, operators, companies) and to support, within a co-construction framework, its Saudi partner, The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), located in Riyadh and AlUla. Founded in July 2017 and headed by H.R.H. Crown Prince of the Kingdom Mohammed bin Salman, the RCU aims at protecting and developing AlUla and promoting its cultural and natural heritage, and its population.
The best of French know-how
The Agency gathers a full range of leading French experts in the project's key fields: cultural engineering, archaeology, architecture and urban planning, agriculture and botany, tourism, education, security, water and sustainable environment management.
Culture & Heritage
Archaeological sites development and creation of a museum complex around a research centre
Architecture & Development
Preservation and valorisation of the natural and cultural assets
Sustainable planning of touristic infrastructure
Tourism & Hospitality
Turning AlUla into a world-class destination, reference for sustainable tourism
Security & Safety
Security plan and strategy development
Development and reinforcement of the governorate’s human and training capabilities
Water & Environment
Sustainable management of water, energy, resources and natural environment
Concepts and products development on the Incense trade route
Valorisation of local natural resources
Development of a sustainable and economically viable agriculture