Bid farewell to 2022 – and welcome 2023…

In AlUla this weekend? The least fun part of New Year’s Eve is deciding what to do for it. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work and selected a range of experiences to enjoy in AlUla. Here are the best places for all the amazing events and activities in this stunning ancient city.

Stay and dine at Habitas AlUla

 

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Where better to reset and embrace new beginnings this New Year than at Habitas AlUla? Holidays at Habitas encompasses immersive moments to gather, share and celebrate this December. Whether you partake in the evening celebrations or join at sunrise for an otherworldly meditative session to welcome the New Year, the striking natural beauty of the Ashar Valley canyon surroundings creates unmatched energy for starting 2023 with clarity and purposeful intention.

For New Year’s Eve, enjoy an evening of connection with a bonfire gathering and feast at Tama before dancing into the New Year with a live DJ set by Hats & Klaps under the stars. Expect mindfulness sessions, an Agora and bonfire gathering and a midnight Mastica ceremony. Or begin the first day of the New Year by setting intentions during a sunrise yoga session at Habitas AlUla’s Desert Arts Club. During this otherworldly experience, take in AlUla’s immense natural beauty and embrace nature’s power to bring people together.

Habitas AlUla, New Year’s Eve: A night of new beginnings, Dec 31, from 7pm & New Year’s Day: Embrace the new journey, Jan 1, from 7am. SAR1,750 per person for the New Year experiences. Excludes villa stay bookings. Please contact [email protected] for reservations and more information. @habitasalula

Glide under the stars as you groove to the music

AlUla On Wheels

Dance the night away to party tunes at AlJadidah’s coolest hangout spot, and skate into the New Year on AlUla’s first-ever open-air rink. You’ll be joined by DJ Afro, who’ll be spinning the best in sounds. Not a skater? Not a problem. Come hang out and enjoy the vibes with friends and family. And you won’t be going hungry either, as food kiosks will feature a selection of delectable bites.

AlUla On Wheels – New Year’s Eve DJ Nights, Dec 31, 11pm to 1am. The price starts from SAR150 per person. Book here.

Settle in for a luxurious savasana

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Find your inner calm before the start of 2023. Get away from the chaos and take some time to unwind and relax by following along with this calming yoga class at the Five Senses Sanctuary, set in a stunning and tranquil landscape. You’ll be able to reflect on your past year and set your intentions for the New Year.

Ladies Only Yoga Classes, Dec 31 to Feb 25, 10am to 11am & 2pm to 3pm, Five Senses Sanctuary, AlUla Oasis, Align Pavilion. SAR75 per person. Book your spot here. Tel: 9200 25003.

Celebrate the rich heritage of AlUla

Due to its great success, the Tantora Celebration has been extended until December 31. So, check out the Incense Road of AlUla Old Town for folkloric music and performances and the projection shows lighting up the historic AlUla Fort, as well as learn about Saudi coffee and more. You’ll love the atmospheric vibes here.

Tantora Celebration Extended, Dec 29 to 31, 4pm to 10pm, AlUla Old Town. Free and open to all; no tickets needed.

A magical night at Hegra

Explore the Unesco World Heritage Site of Hegra during this incredible two-part after-dark experience. You’ll start with the ‘Awaken the Senses Reception’ where you get to lounge by a small cluster of burial tombs surrounded by a beautiful candlelight display as you listen to the soft sounds of ancient instruments and dine on a Nabataean-inspired assortment of canapes. Then round off the experience by exploring the expansive landscape of Hegra on majestic Arabian horses. Pass by mythical tombs as your chariot captain tells tales of this magnificent capital city located on the famed Incense Road while you ride towards the AlHaritha (Aretas) IV Immersive Show.

Hegra After Dark, until Mar 20, 6.30pm to 7.50pm & 8pm to 9.20pm. SAR150 per person. Book your experience here.

Dinner and a show at Mamzel

Mamzel AlUla

Be sure you see off the last day of 2022 in style by bagging yourself a spot at Mamzel. Not only will there be a delicious three-course dinner up for grabs, but also lively tunes, dazzling dance shows and a Marbella-style celebration.

Mamzel New Year’s Eve Dinner, Dec 31. Mamzel is located in a canyon near Shaden Resort. Reservations can be made via MyTable app.

Ring in 2023 in the grand surrounds of Alfa’s Lounge

Celebrate the new year at AlUla’s newest spot, hidden amongst breathtaking mountain landscapes. Ring in 2023 surrounded by nature, underneath a blanket of stars at Alfa’s Lounge.

Alfa’s Lounge (Coordinates: 26°40’17.7″N 37°56’16.9″E), 6pm to 1am. Reservations can be made via MyTable app.

Soak in the party vibes at Myazu

To end 2022 on a food high, head to Japanese restaurant Myazu, known for its elaborately presented dishes and mocktails. The sleek venue is tucked at the poolside of Shaden Resort. Their ala carte menu is on offer for New Year’s Eve, and a DJ will entertain guests until it’s time to toast the New Year.

Myazu, Shaden Resort Poolside, AlUla 43528. Reservations can be made via MyTable app. @myazusaudi

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