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A render of Ashab Al-Lal by Ahmed Mater at Wadi AlFann, AlUla

The French Agency for AlUla Development is pleased to announce that five era-defining artworks will become part of new cultural destination Wadi AlFann, Valley of the Arts, AlUla

28 June 2022

AlUla, Monday 27 June 2022 – The Royal Commission for AlUla reveals plans for Wadi AlFann, meaning ‘Valley of the Arts’, an awe-inspiring new global cultural destination for contemporary art, where era-defining works by some of the most compelling artists from around the world will be permanently placed in the monumental landscape of AlUla, the extraordinary desert region of north-west Saudi Arabia steeped in thousands of years of natural, historical and cultural heritage.

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Famed fashion Photographer Gilles Bensimon Releases A Dream of AlUla – A Visual Exploration of Fabled Landscapes and Historical Gems

13 April 2022

On the occasion of the publication of A Dream of AlUla, the Librairie Galignani (Paris, France) will welcome, on Tuesday April 12th, the artist Gilles Bensimon for an exclusive signing of his book.

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AlUla, the new Saudi El Dorado co-developed by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and the French Agency for AlUla development (AFALULA)

1 March 2022

With 34 million inhabitants in an area of over 2 million square kilometers, Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East, covering two-thirds of the Arabian Peninsula on its own. A territory 4.5 times larger than France, which opened its doors to the world in 2019 and revealed previously hidden treasures like AlUla. This region, located in the province of Medina in the northwest of the country, is at the heart of the ambitious and modern development plan named “Vision 2030”, driven by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and implemented by the Kingdom since 2016.

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Direct flight from Paris to the historic oasis of AlUla (Saudi Arabia) French visitors among the first to experience Saudi’s nature and culture heritage

25 January 2022

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), SAUDIA Airlines and the French Agency for AlUla development (AFALULA) announce the opening of a direct flight from Paris to AlUla (Saudi Arabia).

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The first edition of AlUla Art Residency closes with artists premiering contemporary works inspired by the historic oasis of AlUla

14 January 2022

After eleven-weeks of exploration and experimentation, the first AlUla Art Residency programme, under the theme of ‘The Oasis Reborn’, has successfully concluded this weekend.

During three days of open studios, artists’ works – ranging from experimental sculptures to large-scale site specific or multimedia installations – were displayed in Mabiti AlUla and its surrounding palmgrove, inviting visitors to immerse themselves into the historical and cultural oasis of AlUla.

The artworks of the artists will also be displayed at the occasion of AlUla Arts festival taking place in AlUla from February 13 to February 26, 2022.

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The Royal Commission for AlUla signed two memorandums of understanding with the French companies Dassault Systèmes and the RATP group on long-term strategic partnerships

7 December 2021

The memorandum of understanding signed with Dassault Systèmes aims to provide AlUla with a collaborative digital twin of the territory. The memorandum of understanding signed with the RATP group aims to develop local mobility.

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The French Agency for AlUla Development welcomes the signing of a partnership between the Royal Commission for AlUla and the French school of culinary arts and hospitality management FERRANDI Paris

7 December 2021

The contract signed with the French school FERRANDI Paris aims to create a training college in culinary arts, hotel management and tourism professions

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France and Saudi Arabia sign an intergovernmental agreement for the creation in AlUla of a cultural institution of reference dedicated to the arts, the Villa Al-Hajar

6 December 2021

The intergovernmental agreement signed for the creation of a Villa Al-Hajar aims for the development of a cultural institution of reference dedicated to the arts.

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

2 December 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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