Louvre Abu Dhabi chosen as one of the seven urban wonders of the world

A shot of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. (AFP)
Updated 10 October 2018
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Louvre Abu Dhabi chosen as one of the seven urban wonders of the world

DUBAI: Hilton Hotel & Resorts teamed up with tech platform LikeWhere to unveil the Seven Urban Wonders of the World — a list based on crowdsourced information from influencers and travelers with a combined reach of more than 3.5 million.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

One of the largest museums in the region, this spectacular gallery opened its doors in November 2017.

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Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo

This huge fish market was a perfect spot for modern travelers until it permanently closed its doors in September.

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Sydney Opera House — Sydney

One of the most photographed spots in Australia, the iconic Sydney Opera House is a famous music hall that is famous for its architecture.

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The Albertina Museum – Vienna

Set in a former Habsburg palace, this classical building now has a modern twist with striking extensions and great art and history exhibitions.

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Temple Street Night Markets – Hong Kong

The markets are one of the city’s most exciting spots, displaying everything from food to local craftmanship.

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The Bund – Shanghai

This mile-long stretch of waterfront features 52 historical structures. Known as the museum of buildings, it definitely is a view worth seeing.

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Camden Market – London

Another market on the list, Camden has a rebellious vibe that appeals to travelers of all age groups.

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Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

Updated 18 January 2019
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Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

  • Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival
  • The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far

RIYADH: Award-winning Chinese pianist Lang Lang delighted fans on Wednesday with a short video teaser to promote his upcoming performance at the Winter at Tantora festival. 

The musician posted the video online, in which he was seen opening a book to reveal the words “stay tuned.” 

Winter at Tantora’s Twitter account added to the hype, tweeting to their followers that the concert would “refresh their senses.”

Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival.

He is famous for his compelling style and talent, as well as his range as a pianist. Claimed that music is his “first language,” he believes that through it he is able to communicate with audiences all over the globe, despite language barriers. 

Throughout his career, he has performed classical pieces, including Chopin and Liszt, but also more contemporary work, including songs from The Little Mermaid.

The sold-out concert, called Monumental, is scheduled for Friday Jan. 18, and will be Lang’s and the Guangzhou Orchestra’s first performances in Saudi Arabia.

Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement. “I can’t wait to see you!” Tweeted one. “It’s a pleasure and an honor to have you in Saudi Arabia!”

The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far, with names such as Mohammed Abdo, Majida Al-Roumi, and a holographic depiction of legendary songstress Umm Kulthoum all appearing to positive acclaim.

The limited seating per concert, capped at 500 apiece, has been popular, with most concerts selling out in record-breaking time. With different packages available to purchase for the festival, ranging from affordable seats to high-end luxury experiences, the chance to spend a weekend in Al-Ula has also been made available to a wide pool of people, despite the small numbers on offer.