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Reviving AlUla's Ancient Heritage, New Tourist Spot Embraces History

AlUla is a captivating sustainable agriculture destination in the middle of the Saudi desert where today’s tourists may immerse themselves in the echoes of the past. In a lovely oasis, the most recent attraction, Daimumah, which is taken from the Arabic word for sustainability, artfully combines nature, heritage, and art.

Farming communities have nourished and developed the AlUla valley's lush landscape for ages, leaving a legacy for subsequent generations. Officials spent a year developing Daimumah, a free tourist spot, to preserve AlUla's natural and cultural heritage.

Visitors can leisurely tour the area's fields, palm groves, and botanical gardens while finding art installations, old mud-brick farm buildings, historic irrigation systems, and crops that are still sustainably cultivated by local farmers.

Palm trees in AlUla provide essential shade, reducing temperatures by 10 degrees, aiding delicate crops with an optimal sunlight balance. The gentle breeze further supports lush vegetation growth.

Daimumah's art installations, crafted by three artists, embody AlUla's culture and Saudi wedding folklore. The Explorers' Garden offers a tranquil retreat with a giant net between palm trees, immersed in nature's gentle symphony.

Daimumah is a carbon-neutral oasis, powered by solar panels. Its remarkable tree house, made from palm tree wood, embraces a majestic palm laden with green dates for August's harvest.

Daimumah blends traditional and modern farming, using old canals controlled by skilled farmers. It grows diverse crops like eggplant, onions, bell peppers, lemons, oranges, and herbs. The greenhouse employs innovative techniques for exotic fruits, saving water and space.

Educational and entertaining workshops, organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla, add to the immersive experience. Visitors can partake in tours of the strawberry reserves and handpick the berries from December to March. In the oasis, moringa trees are also abundant, known for their resource efficiency and versatility, as they can be transformed into various products.

Additionally, Daimumah also has a restaurant with a terrace, a cozy wood-cabin café with hot and cold refreshments, and gift shops, providing a delightful and enriching experience for all who venture to this sustainable gem.

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