No other destination in Saudi Arabia offers the same mixture of heritage, landscapes, activities and events, making AlUla an extraordinary place to discover.
Please could you describe the area of Sharaan?
In addition to its enchanting history and culture, AlUla is home to a raw, breath-taking wilderness and an array of diverse flora and fauna. Sharaan Nature Reserve is comprised of 1,500 square kilometres of soaring red-rock canyons, sprawling desert, and valleys carpeted in delicate wildflowers. It is a treasure trove of natural wonders.
Did human impact encourage the area to be transformed into a designated Nature Reserve?
The introduction of domestic livestock to the region has decimated the native vegetation, with severe overgrazing leading to desertification and habitat degradation. There is an urgent need to reverse this concerning decline, and restore this fragile desert ecosystem, so it can support thriving life once again.
What is the paramount aim of Sharaan Nature Reserve?
The mission of Sharaan Nature Reserve is to restore, protect and conserve the sensitive ecosystem native to AlUla. Thoughtfully designed to protect some of the region’s most important natural habitats, the Reserve will connect areas of significant ecological value. Ultimately, Sharaan Nature Reserve aims to conserve the region’s biodiversity through preserving, restoring and reinforcing native vegetation, habitats, fauna and other threatened species.