Competition to name Al-Ula’s spectacular sandstone rocks launched by Royal Commission for Al-Ula
Free to enter competition opens on 13th September and entries close 17th November 2018
Visit AlUlaRocks.rcu.gov.sa and sign up now to take part
13th September 2018: “Name a Rock, Leave a Mark” an initiative launched by The Royal Commission for Al-Ula (RCU), inviting participants to explore and capture the beauty of the region through their own eyes and to name a rock.
Comprised of several distinct environmental areas, Al-Ula is home to a rich and varied natural landscape. Striking sandstone rock formations characterise the desert environment, Elephant Rock being the most well-known. These monumental rocks have provided an impressive backdrop against which thousands of years of human history have played out. RCU are encouraging participants to be part of Al-Ula’s history by identifying, mapping and naming the region’s unique rock formations.
Entries for the online competition, Name a Rock, Leave a Mark, open today (13th September 2018). To enter simply visit AlUlaRocks.rcu.gov.sa, submit a photo of your chosen rock, along with GPS coordinates, a suggested name and provide a reasoning for your choice. A jury will select a shortlist of entries that the public will vote on. Entries should reflect the splendour and significance of Al-Ula’s ancient past and contribution to Saudi Arabia’s place in world culture.
The competition is free and open to all Al-Ula and Saudi residents. Entries close on 17th November 2018 and first, second and third place will be announced on the 14th December 2018 and awarded a cash prize.
Designed to open up the landscape to a wider audience and encourage residents and visitors to discover and explore the some of the lesser known parts of the landscape, the competition will contribute to the indelible lineage of the Al-Ula region.
Dr Eid commenting on the prize said: “Al-Ula is defined by a myriad of geological rock formations, which give it its historical, human, agricultural, and environmental value. The “Name a Rock, Leave a Mark” competition is an opportunity for the people of Al-Ula and the Kingdom to participate in naming these rock formations and defining the future landmarks of Al-Ula, which will welcome visitors from all over the world. This competition gives people the exciting opportunity to create something that will last for centuries to come.”
To enter or find out more, visit: AlUlaRocks.rcu.gov.sa