Al-Ula, Diriyah Gate to become major tourist attractions

The layered rock formations of Mount Athlib to the northeast of Mada’en Saleh.
Updated 27 July 2017
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Al-Ula, Diriyah Gate to become major tourist attractions

JEDDAH: King Salman has decreed the establishment of commissions to develop two of Saudi Arabia’s most important archaeological and historical sites, Al-Ula and Diriyah Gate.
The boards of both commissions will be headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two areas’ historical, cultural and architectural significance is expected to make them major tourist attractions as the Saudi hospitality and tourism industry matures to welcome local and international travelers.
The orders to establish the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Province and the Diriyah Gate Renovation Commission are in line with Vision 2030, which seeks to develop tourism in the Kingdom to attract more than 1 million visitors annually.
Al-Ula town was founded in the 6th century and serves as the gateway to the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mada’en Saleh, which was built more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans, who also built Petra in Jordan.
Diriyah was the first capital of the Saudi royal dynasty from 1744 to 1818, and is an excellent example of the Najdi architecture of that period.


Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

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Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

  • International and Arab musicians are set to perform
  • The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will be hosting a three-day music festival during the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

International and Arab musicians are set to perform for fans to celebrate the first staging of the Formula E race.

The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah where six major artists will be performing each night from December 13, 14 and after the race itself on December 15.

“The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to be the hottest ticket in town for so many reasons, from breath-taking electric racing, to entertainment, to culture. Soon everyone will find out who is coming, and we can promise a festival of music that offers fans, friends and families an unmissable experience,” Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, said.

“We suggest fans avoid the rush by getting your ticket now to avoid disappointment after the names are released,” he added.