Al-Ula is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary rock formations that make it a perfect site for climbing enthusiasts and adventure tourists. These rock formations form part of the backdrop of Al-Ula’s fascinating landscapes dotted with archaeological treasures that are unmatched in the world.
The partnership developed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will allow SCF to develop a variety of routes throughout the Al-Ula region, so climbing enthusiasts of all ages, can explore the area. Climbers from all over the world, both professional and amateur, are expected to come in droves to explore the destination that lies in the middle of a desert.
RCU and the SCF spent the weekend from October 11 to 14 exploring the site and identifying some of the most thrilling and adventurous climbing routes. This was the first time such a large group of climbers from the federation and from all over the world were able to come together to the region to climb. The team of climbers was headed by Bandar Al Saud and Yasmin Gahtani, Saudi Arabia’s first certified woman rock-climbing instructor.
Gahtani said: “Rock climbing is a sport anyone can get involved in and the routes we will develop at Al-Ula will enable people of every age, gender and level of experience to come and get involved with this activity. The sense of achievement of reaching the top is unparalleled and with views as fantastic as those at Al-Ula, one can’t help but be inspired.”
This partnership is part of RCU’s mission to transform Al-Ula into a leading global adventure, nature and wellness destination, not to mention the region’s cultural and historical significance.
The local community of Al-Ula is at the heart of the initiatives implemented by RCU. It will work with SCF to generate jobs and support the local economy of Al-Ula by training individual’s from the region as guides and safety officers.