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

28 October 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

27 October 2021

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

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Masterplan « Voyage à travers le temps »

The Journey Through Time Masterplan marks a major step in protecting and sharing the AlUla cultural and heritage site with the world

7 April 2021

Five unique districts, connected by a 20km-long public realm called the Wadi of Hospitality, will protect 200,000 years of natural and human history across the 20km-long core historical area of AlUla, a unique cultural landscape located in north-west Arabia, encompassing a wadi (seasonal river valley) and culminating in the Nabataean city of Hegra, a UNESCO…

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