The American travel magazine Conde Nast chose the city of Al-Ula among the Seven Wonders of the World for the year 2023, as part of its annual classification series of the most amazing places on the planet, in order to shed light on its nature.
The magazine explained that Al-Ula is a place with an unusual heritage and cultural history, indicating that until recently no one had heard of it, before the situation changed and it opened its doors to visitors to discover an area that is more than 200 thousand years old.
The magazine pointed out that the city of Al-Ula is located in the heart of the northwestern desert of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and much of it is still unexplored.
It is estimated that less than 5 percent of the site has been excavated. Al-Hijr, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its massive tombs carved into cliffs of stark red sandstone.
The ancient city of Al-Ula is a maze of abandoned mud-brick houses dotted with the earthy hues of the desert. There’s ancient rock art and restaurants from celebrity chefs including Maria, created by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, perched atop the world’s largest mirrored building.
In addition to Al-Ula, other sites included in the Seven Wonders of the World for 2023 include Mont Saint-Michel (France), Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina), Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Bhutan), Cappadocia (Turkey), the Lake District (Great Britain), and the ocean Sardine Race, South Africa.