Endurance race winners crowned at Al-Ula

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The event was attended by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah. (SPA)
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The event was attended by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah. (SPA)
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The race was organized by the Saudi Equestrian Federation and the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation. (SPA)
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The event was attended by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah. (SPA)
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The event was attended by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah. (SPA)
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Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed in Al-Ula. (Social media photo)
Updated 03 February 2019

Endurance race winners crowned at Al-Ula

  • The total prize value for the race was SR15 million ($4 million)
  • The race was organized by the Saudi Equestrian Federation and the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation

JEDDAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Saturday crowned the winners of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup.
The ​120km race took eight hours to complete and brought together 100 riders from a dozen countries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
It was part of the Winter at Tantora festival held in Al-Ula, which is 300 km north of Madinah.
The Royal Commission for Al-Ula hailed the race as the biggest in the world in terms of endurance, and said it wanted to promote the city as a tourist destination for art, culture, heritage, nature and sport.
The race was organized by the Saudi Equestrian Federation and the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation. It was recognized by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.
The total prize value for the race was SR15 million ($4 million).
In first place was Salem Hamad Al-Kitbi from the M7 team of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.
In second place was Abdullah Ghanim Al-Marri from the F3 team of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and, in third place, was Saif Ahmed Al-Mazrouei from the MRM team of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

Reward
The winner received a cash prize of SR900,000 and a Range Rover.
The runners-up received a cash prize of SR650,000 and a Jaguar F-Pace each.
Those placing fourth to 10th were rewarded with SR400,000 each, while 11th to 100th place holders received SR100,000 each.
Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa took part in the race, leading the riders of the Bahraini royal team.
The event was attended by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah. Winter at Tantora ends Feb. 9.


Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band, providing different experiences to visitors. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 10 min 49 sec ago

Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

  • Activities of Tanween Season in Eastern Province are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family friendly

ALKHOBAR: A musical show involving giant puppets has been hitting a high note among visitors to a popular Saudi festival. The models, standing 12 meters tall, have drawn big audiences to Alkhobar Corniche where performances have been taking place as part of Tanween Season.
Three huge puppets made up a family consisting of the father, donned in a white thobe and traditional Arabic head piece, the mother in a black abaya, and their son wearing a green Tanween T-shirt.
Children watching the show sang along to Saudi folk songs as puppeteers using special machinery brought the giant characters to life.
Tanween Season, in the Eastern Province, is a 17-day event that runs until Oct. 26, with talks, workshops, discussion panels, and performances built around this year’s theme of “play.” Activities are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family friendly.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band.

• Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Saturday.

“There’s a wide range of different experiences for visitors when they visit Ithra (the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, in Dhahran) or the installations outside. Our goal is to deliver a message: How to use play in a different, creative way that introduces a myriad of ideas and culture,” the event’s head of performance, Anas Al-Ratoee, told Arab News.
Spanish delights
The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band. Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Oct. 19.
“The Giant Puppets is a Spanish band, known as Carros de Foc, that usually performs traditionally in parades and festivals, where these 12-meter giants walk among people.
“We added the Saudi culture to it through traditional music performed by a local band. We wanted to depict a scene from a normal day in the life of a Saudi household; the dynamic between a father, mother and child,” added Al-Ratoee.
Muna Hassan, from Dammam, said her younger brother had thoroughly enjoyed the performance. “I was very happy to see him so excited and to see events like this catering to his age group.”