AlUla / Saudi Arabia

AlUla Skies Festival – AlUla , Saudi Arabia

Hot air balloon in AlUla with sunrise

The AlUla Skies Festival is an annual event that takes place in the desert city of AlUla, located in northwestern Saudi Arabia. The festival is a celebration of culture, art, and music, and draws visitors from all over the world.

My recent trip to the AlUla Skies Festival was an unforgettable experience. From the moment I arrived in the city, I was struck by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The incredible rock formations, camels roaming in the vast desert land and the AlUla Mountains, were truly awe-inspiring.

The AlUla Skies festival offered a wide range of outdoor activities. One of the highlights is the hot air balloon ride over the desert landscape. It offered stunning views of the surrounding mountains and rock formations and we flew over the lush plantations while watching the beautiful sunrise.

Throughout my trip, I was struck by the warmth and hospitality of the people of AlUla. Everyone I met was friendly and welcoming, and eager to share their culture and traditions with visitors from around the world.

No trip to the AlUla Skies Festival would be complete without a visit to Maraya, the world’s largest mirrored building. Located in the heart of AlUla, Maraya is an architectural marvel that reflects the beauty of its surroundings. The building’s reflective exterior creates a captivating illusion, blending seamlessly with the natural landscape and making it a perfect backdrop for photographs.

Inside Maraya, you’ll find a range of immersive art installations and exhibitions that showcase the region’s rich history and culture. From interactive displays to contemporary artworks, Maraya offers a unique and thought-provoking experience.

One of the most mesmerizing aspects of the AlUla Skies Festival is the opportunity for stargazing and astrophotography. At its remote location of Gharameel, the enchanting landscape made me feel like I have been transported to another planet. With minimal light pollution, AlUla has the darkest skies that provide an ideal setting for observing the celestial wonders above.

During the festival, there are dedicated stargazing sessions led by knowledgeable expert guide pointing out constellations, planets, and even distant galaxies. As an avid enthusiast of astrophotography, I was thrilled to capture the breathtaking beauty of the starry sky above AlUla.

The clarity of the atmosphere and the stunning backdrop of the rock formations created a truly magical experience for capturing awe-inspiring images of the night sky.

After the session, we were treated to a delicious dinner in a tent set up for us in the desert.

Whether you’re a seasoned astrophotographer or simply a lover of starry nights, the AlUla Skies Festival offers an unforgettable opportunity to connect with the cosmos in a truly remarkable setting.

Overall, my trip to the AlUla Skies Festival was an incredible experience that I will never forget. From the stunning natural landscape to the vibrant cultural festivities, it was truly a one-of-a-kind event. I would highly recommend the festival to anyone looking to explore a unique and beautiful part of the world.