AlUla is kicking off the new season with a two-week wellness festival…

As summer draws to a close, AlUla prepares for its exciting new season of AlUla Moments. First to make a comeback?  AlUla Wellness Festival is returning for its second edition and will take place from September 29 to October 16.

Marking the beginning of the autumn harvest, the wellness festival aims to inspire positive change with the change of the new season, and promote mental and physical health with back-to-nature experiences for friends and families to take part in. Expect hundreds of experiences including the return of some of its popular concepts such as the Five Senses Sanctuary as well as some fun new ones like the Rocks n’ Roll AlUla.

This ancient, UNESCO-heritage site is possibly one of the best destinations in the world for people seeking to recharge, relax, and return to nature. Tickets for the wellness events start form SAR50 and are available to purchase from the AlUla website. 

Here’s all the things you can look forward to in the upcoming AlUla Wellness Festival:

Five Senses Sanctuary

Five Senses Sanctuary

Running from September 29 to October 8, the popular Five Senses Sanctuary is back for more soul-reviving wellness. Leaving you feeling better than when you arrived, the retreat has all sorts of  incredible experiences aimed at furthering self-connection and igniting positive change.

Expect an impressive list of yogi celebrities, motivational speakers, workshops, music performances, and customised retail inspired by AlUla. Consider joining some of their programs including the use of art as therapy; how dance and movement of the body is connected to the forces of the moon and stars; and discovering the healing power of both music and silence.

You can also visit The Resonant Shell: a transformative art experience by artists Nathalie Harb and Youmna Sab. The artwork, both sculpture and architecture, takes the form of a double skin tower in mudbrick and fabric. After ascending a spiral staircase, the journey will lead guests to a the heart of the tower which provides the visitor with meditative silence.

Rocks n’ Roll AlUla

Rock and Roll AlUla

Lift your spirits while roller skating with music (silent disco style) in the vibrant new area of AlUla, AlJadidah. The open-air skating rink, Rocks n’ Roll AlUla , is the region’s first roller skating experience, featuring neon lights, video effects, and DJ sets on weekends. This fun and immersive experience is sure to get the whole family moving. Once you have worked up an appetite, follow with dinner from one of the food trucks, from vegan hotspot Moon Shell to steakhouse at SKLT.

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Ancient Roots AlUla

Self-reflect in the wilderness and majestic landscapes of the desert by taking part in the Silent Trail Hike. Participants are encouraged to try natural plants food, switch off their phones, and try and fall asleep to the power of the silence.

Explore the power of light with Hegra’s Drone Light Show, far from the pollution of the city where the skies are pure black.

Did you know there are 2.2 million date palms growing in AlUla? Starting on the last weekend of September and running for the next four weekends, AlUla Dates Festival 2022, will celebrate the season of dates. Taste and buy your favourite types of dates straight from the source. After an Ancient Roots workshop on native plants such as the Moringa, date palms, and citrus trees, participants will be able to plant their own seeds and live a day in the life of an AlUla farmer.

AlUla Wellness Festival, AlUla, Saudi Arabia. September 29 to October 16. experiencealula.com / @ExperienceAlUla / @AlUlaMoments

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