Moved by the wonders at Al-Ula
Last Tuesday, I was given the opportunity to attend the Winter at Tantora festival.
I would like to thank the Royal Commission for Al-Ula for their outstanding welcome and their distinctive hospitality in such a splendid site. My country has always believed in the project of developing Al-Ula, hence this visit was very meaningful to me. How could one not be moved by the archaeological wonders Al-Ula conceals?
At night, I attended the concert of the world-famous French violinist Renaud Capucon. The concert hall was full of music lovers, enchanted by the music and the setting. As the artist was playing, standing between the audience and the formidable rocks of Tantora, we almost believed that we were the lucky actors of a movie.
The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, assured His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during their last meeting in Paris in April 2018, that he would personally be committed to this strategic project. What I have witnessed in Al-Ula is only the first step toward a promising future.
Obviously Al-Ula will soon be the beacon of the touristic experience in Saudi Arabia, and I am convinced that the genuine hospitality of the Saudi people will soon become a new standard in the world of tourism.
Francois Gouyette has been France’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia since September 2016.