In Photos: A Peek Into AlUla—Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Cradle

In addition to jagged mountains and otherworldly landscapes, AlUla is a mirror to the Middle Eastern region’s ancient art and history that dates back 2,00,000 years.

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If Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s modern face, then AlUla is its cultural cradle. The country’s northwestern region—a confluence of ancient art and history that dates back 2,00,000 years—was a highlight on the trading route many took through the Arabian Peninsula . Its extra-terrestrial landscape boasts formidable sandstone mountains, of which the Hijaz Mountains are fairly popular. The area is also blessed with date palms and fragrant citrus groves, perhaps the reason behind the pleasant climatic conditions despite its geographical positioning in the Middle East. Photographer Abhishek Hajela immersed himself in the zone’s humble offerings with the help of locals, and documented his findings in this digital essay. 

 

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  • Abhishek Hajela is the recipient of the prestigious International Nikon Award. He curates and leads experiential photography workshops globally, and is a specialist in culture, people, street, portrait, and wildlife photography.

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