AlUla, in Saudi Arabia, has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World for 2023.
AlUla, a historical site in northern Saudi Arabia, has made headlines as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World for 2023. It was compiled by renowned travel writer Aaron Millar and features the world’s most breathtaking destinations. It’s safe to say that AlUla is home to remarkable historical and cultural artefacts. By the end of 2022, the site will have been officially opened to the public, and according to Millar, it will have revealed a relic from Arabia’s past that dates back 200 years.
Located in the uncharted desert of northwest Saudi Arabia is the city of AlUla. Less than 5 percent of the site has reportedly been uncovered so far. Hegra (Al-Hijr) is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is well-known for the monumental tombs that were hewn out of the cliffs of red sandstone.
The desert’s earthy tones are reflected in the crumbling mud brick buildings of AlUla Old Town. Ancient rock art can be found here, as can restaurants from well-known chefs like Jason Atherton, who earned a Michelin star for his work at Maraya, perched atop the world’s largest mirrored building.
Only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World—the Great Pyramids of Giza—remains in existence today. All that remains of the ancient civilizations that built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus are now dust and legend.