Near+Far’s Airbnb of the Week spotlights unique and desirable private rentals across the Middle East, offering a private, stylish, and homely alternative to a hotel stay. This week’s is an Airbnb in AlUla, Saudi Arabia’s ancient desert city captivating the world with its Nabatean ruins and thriving arts and culture scene
Al Jadidah Rooftop & Dreamy Views
Boasting a well-polished and minimalist design, almost mimicking the splendid stays nestled in the beautiful Greek Islands, this unique apartment is in AlUla’s AlJadidah district – a vibrant cultural hub of shops, cafes and public art within the famous AlUla Old Town. A backdrop of ancient rocks frames the modern property and provides a modern and minimalist escape in the ancient city. Host Maarouf has been welcoming guests for five years, so expect a trustworthy experience with the plus of air-conditioning. For hotels in AlUla, see our guide to the most stylish open now, and opening soon.
This elegant loft is located in AlUla, an alluring city and surrounding desert landscape in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra – a magnificent archaeological site of rock-cut tombs and inscriptions by the ancient Nabateans. AlUla is also a dynamic centre of art and creativity, with the Al Jadidah Arts District displaying vibrant murals, exhibitions, and festivals. AlUla Old Town is a maze of mud-brick houses and artisan cafes and shops, while the nearby landscape hides treasures like the Ashar Valley (home to Habitas and Banyan Tree AlUla), Maraya concert hall, Elephant Rock and much more. AlUla invites visitors worldwide to discover its rich and diverse heritage, offering a remarkable and memorable journey through time and space.
This AlUla Airbnb boasts a contemporary and snug feel, with an elegant and minimalist design yet subtle nods to the heritage and AlUla design. Guests can lounge on the sofa in the living room, prepare meals in the well-appointed kitchen, and, the best part, soak up sweeping views of the AlJadidah Arts District and the neighbouring mountains from the terrace. To truly experience the beauty of AlUla, head to the terrace at nightfall to see the canopy of stars.
The accommodation can host up to two guests in one bedroom, with one queen-sized bed. The rooftop offers scenic views of the mountains and features amenities such as a snug kitchen with essential items for preparing dishes. A clean, white, minimalist bathroom has a separate shower and is stocked with towels.
What To Do
As the apartment is situated in the core of the AlJadidah Arts District, which is a segment of the AlUla Old Town Village, honoured with the title of Best Tourism Village by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, guests can delve into a lively and artistic neighbourhood, which showcases exquisite murals, the world’s largest hand-painted carpet, and regular art exhibitions by local and international artists. Guests can also discover the shops, restaurants, and galleries in the vicinity, or partake in the events and festivals that occur throughout the year.