International archaeological team ready to discover secrets of AlUla

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Carved lions located above some of the tombs at Dadan. (Supplied)
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An aerial view of the excavation site at Dadan. (Supplied)
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Inscription next to one of the carved lions at Dadan. (Supplied)
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Part of the temple excavated at Dadan. (Supplied)
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Tombs at Dadan. (Supplied)
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Uncovered basin at the site of Dadan. (Supplied)
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Updated 16 May 2020

International archaeological team ready to discover secrets of AlUla

  • Dadan controlled a strategically important oasis on the ancient inland spice and incense trading route
  • Dadanite and Lihyanite culture dates back more than 2,700 years, pre-dating the Nabataean civilization and the Roman presence in the Arabian Peninsula

ALULA: The ruins of the ancient North Arabian kingdom of Dadan have guarded their secrets for millennia. Lying in the sandstone mountains of AlUla in north-west Saudi Arabia, the kingdom controlled a strategically important oasis on the ancient inland spice and incense trading route running from what is today Yemen through the Arabian Peninsula, to Egypt, Syria and Mesopotamia and on to the continent of Asia. Yet its fate is a mystery to archaeologists.

One of the largest multinational archaeological teams recently assembled in the region is now poised to uncover this ‘missing link’ in Near-Eastern history.

The mission is the fruit of the partnership between the Royal Commission for AlUla, King Saud University, the French Agency for AlUla Development and the French National Center for Scientific Research.

Dadanite and Lihyanite culture dates back more than 2,700 years, pre-dating the Nabataean civilization and the Roman presence in the Arabian Peninsula and underlining the depth of history in the region.

The planned five-year excavations are expected to explain the fate of the kingdom and shed light on its role at the heart of the ancient inland trading route.

The project also provides an opportunity for students from King Saud University to gain practical, hands-on experience from the international and Saudi experts on the team. Twenty-four students will work alongside their international peers, gaining experience and developing the domestic cultural heritage sector.


Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

  • Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

DUBAI: Four more repatriation flights arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to bring back stranded citizens from coronavirus hotspots, state news agency SPA reported.
Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while another two landed in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, bringing Saudi nationals from New York and Beirut.
All precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus spread were taken to ensure the safety of passengers, who would also be in isolation for 14 days.