About Al-Ula
Discover a place like no other.
​​​​Al-Ula county, located 300km north of Medina, is a place of extraordinary human and natural heritage. The Wadi Al-Qura (the Valley of Villages), a lush oasis valley that runs through Al-Ula, sheltered by sandstone mountains, created a perfect environment for civilisations to flourish. The Dedanites, Lihyanites and Nabataeans all built cities here.
The Al-Ula region is a natural crossroads and was an important trading route used from at least the first millennium BC. Positioned on the ancient Incense Route between Southern Arabia and Egypt, Al-Ula became a hub of commercial and cultural exchange, its cities and oases important stopping-points for traders of frankincense, myrrh and other precious commodities.

About Tantora

A marker for the changing of the seasons.

​​​Tantora is a sundial located in Al-Ula’s Old Town. It has been used by the local population for hundreds of years as a marker for the start of the winter planting season, mostly for seed crops such as grains. It is a triangular feature, constructed as the upper part of a wall.

Tantora has, over time, become the focal point of an annual festival marking the start of the winter season. On December 22nd at noon, the shadow from the sundial reaches a stone on the ground in the courtyard marking the first day of a 40-day period of winter planting.

In the past, loose stones were placed by the mu'allim in different spots on a daily basis to tell time, in order to distribute water equitably to farms of the tid'il qanat neigbourhood.

About Maraya

Inaugurated by HH Prince Badr, Govenor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, Maraya - mirror in Arabic - is our new purpose-built concert hall. A feat of modern engineering the building is an extension of the environment around it in design and beauty with two sides covered entirely in mirrors, reflecting the natural beauty of the region.

About Your Experience

Getting There

Saudia, the national airline of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, operates a number of charter flights to Al-Ula from Riyadh and Jeddah. For weekend package holders the flight will depart on Thursday morning and return Saturday evening. For day packages the flight will depart on Friday morning and return late evening following the concert performance. The flight to Al-Ula is approximately 1.5 hours.  Your ticket from Riyadh or Jeddah to Al-Ula is part of your package and our team will assist with the details, including visa support.

Ground transportation during your stay in Al-Ula will be arranged as per your package. You will be met at the airport and guided to the right vehicle to take you to your accommodation and start your Winter at Tantora journey.

Staying There​

With a range of accommodation available (and offering both authentic or more traditional places to stay), our team will assist in making all the necessary arrangements. 

Winter Camp 'Al Wadi': The camp, run by French hotel operator Accor, features 120 luxury rooms and five Winter Villas. With 24-hour room service, butler service, spa facilities and on-site dining, the Winter Camp will allow you to enjoy Al-Ula in style. The Winter Camp is located about a 5 minute drive from the concert venue, your transport will be arranged.

Shaden: Offering mountain views, Shaden Resort offers individual units each of which is equipped with a kitchenette, fireplace, seating area and en suite bathroom.  Siuated about 15 minutes from the concert venue and Al-Ula Old Town, Shaden offers easy and stress-free accommodation.

Sahari: These rustic cabins are situated at the foot of Al-Ula’s towering mountains. All come with a seating area, en suite bathroom, TV and AC. Approximately a 20-minute drive from the main festival site, Sahari brings out the tradition of Al-Ula.

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