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AlUla Old Town

As a rawi (professional reciter of poetry and literature in Arabic) guides visitors through the historic town of AlUla, these curious explorers embark on a journey through time. While treading the narrow pathways, they learn more about the region's early inhabitants who walked through the very same alleys as well as the pilgrims, travellers and settlers who congregated in AlUla Old Town through the ages. 

Dotting the city are over 900 houses, 600 shops and five town squares, where visitors will discover a maze of old stone and mud-brick structures. While most of these have been around from before the 12th century up until the early 1980s, one of the oldest structures that has stood the test of time is AlUla Castle, which dates back to the 10th century.


After touring the old town, a traditional shopping experience awaits visitors at Old Market Street. Here, shops feature a variety of handicrafts and speciality foods from local artisans and entrepreneurs.

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