LONDON: The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has launched a new competition — called “Name A Rock” — in which people have been asked to give names to rock formations within the governorate.
In a statement, the commission said it hopes the competition will “take participants to the heart of the Al-Ula” and enable them to “explore the unique and awe-inspiring rock formations that characterize the province to introduce them to the world.”
Participants should take a photo of a unique rock formation in Al-Ula and suggest a name for it. In addition, participants should provide the reason behind the naming and locate the rock on the map.
Registration closes in two months, nominations will be taken in November for voting until December, after which judges will evaluate the entries before three winners are announced and cash prizes will be awarded — with first place scooping SR100,000
Al-Ula province is home to several archaeological treasures, which includes Madain Saleh, which became Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Home to dramatic desert landscapes, spectacular rock formations and some of the Middle East’s most significant ancient sites including those built by Lihyanite and Nabataean civilizations of the first millennium BC and beyond, historic Al-Ula is described as a wonder of the ancient Arabian world.
Registration can be found here.