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Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: Saudi Arabia’s secret garden

Dec 05, 2022 10:54 AM IST

In AlUla, an oasis in Saudi Arabia, new age coffee franchises rub shoulders with 4,000-year-old monuments

If I were to tell you that I attended a Mariah Carey concert in Saudi Arabia, would you believe me?

Rainbow Rock or The Arch is a sandstone, arch that is 90 minutes away from the centre of AlUla town
Rainbow Rock or The Arch is a sandstone, arch that is 90 minutes away from the centre of AlUla town
Jabal Al-Fil or Elephant Rock is another iconic natural rock formation; it resembles an elephant with its trunk touching the ground (Omar Al Nahdi)
Jabal Al-Fil or Elephant Rock is another iconic natural rock formation; it resembles an elephant with its trunk touching the ground (Omar Al Nahdi)
The rooms at Banyan Tree AlUla look like tents, but are luxurious with living rooms, plunge pools and modern luxuries.
The rooms at Banyan Tree AlUla look like tents, but are luxurious with living rooms, plunge pools and modern luxuries.
The swimming pool set amongst unique rock formations at AlUla’s new luxury resort, Banyan Tree
The swimming pool set amongst unique rock formations at AlUla’s new luxury resort, Banyan Tree
AlUla Old Town, a maze of buildings that date back to the 10th century and now houses a market, too
AlUla Old Town, a maze of buildings that date back to the 10th century and now houses a market, too
The Maraya concert hall holds the Guinness World Record for largest mirrored building on earth
The Maraya concert hall holds the Guinness World Record for largest mirrored building on earth
Mariah Carey performed at Maraya to celebrate the opening of the Banyan Tree hotel
Mariah Carey performed at Maraya to celebrate the opening of the Banyan Tree hotel
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