Khaybar and Tayma, two of the three great oases in northwest Arabia alongside AlUla, are set to welcome visitors once again as they reopen for the second year running, offering a diverse range of immersive heritage activations, events, and experiences.
Starting in November and continuing through to early 2024, these captivating ancient oasis destinations will provide visitors and residents alike with an opportunity to journey through time and culture, amidst some of the region's most stunning, yet largely untouched, landscapes.
Renowned for its volcanic desert ecosystem and historical significance, Khaybar is a destination that melds culture, heritage, and nature to create a truly memorable experience. This oasis and its volcanic terrain are gradually revealing its treasures to the world one story at a time through a roster of special activations including cultural showcases, adventure activities, music events, Bedouin camps, and more.
Tayma, known as the Land of Kings, is a neighbour oasis to AlUla in terms of legacy, legend, and heritage. Situated along the ancient Incense Route, Tayma has played a pivotal role as a trading post en route to Babylon, and was once the residence of Nabonidus, the last native king of Babylon. Its iconic sites include The Ancient Temple of Salm, Bir Haddaj Well, Suq AlNajm Oasis, Qasr AlRadhm, Qasr AlTalaq and AlRumman Palace, with illuminating additions such as parades, pop-up performances and immersive experiences - all of which promise to give visitors a glimpse into its glorious past.
Activities to look forward to in Khaybar include:
In Tayma, visitors can look forward to the following activities:
The tour includes access to a re-enactment show, pop-up performances, the King Nabonidus’ Parade (weekends only) and The Palace Guest experience (weekends only):
The reopening of Khaybar and Tayma highlights the significant role this area has played in the history of the region and uncovers its profound link to the ancient destination of AlUla.
Much like its neighbouring oases, AlUla also boasts a profound and storied history, having served as a crossroads of civilisations. Once inhabited by the Dadanites and the Nabataeans, today its significant sites have gained global recognition. Among these, Hegra stands out as Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting over 110 monumental intricately carved rock-cut tombs. Additionally, Jabal Ikmah, adorned with hundreds of rock inscriptions in various ancient languages, holds a prestigious place on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.