Yanni wows Al-Ula, ‘the place where dreams begin’

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Yanni said it was a great honor to perform at Tantora, Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)
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Updated 10 February 2019

Yanni wows Al-Ula, ‘the place where dreams begin’

  • Yanni gave the first complete live performance of “When Dreams Come True,” a piece composed in parts over 60 shows in 60 cities

AL-ULA: The Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, the Amman Citadel … and now Al-Ula.

The Greek composer and instrumentalist Yanni capped his list of historic worldwide concert venues with a performance on Friday night against the stunning backdrop of Saudi Arabia’s heritage jewel.

“It’s a great honor to be here,” he told the sold-out crowd enjoying the latest show at the Winter at Tantora festival. “I’ve been here for a few days and I’m so touched by what I’ve seen. This is the place where dreams begin, and I find it quite inspiring.”

Yanni gave the first complete live performance of “When Dreams Come True,” a piece composed in parts over 60 shows in 60 cities, and which he dedicated to the people of Saudi Arabia. He also performed some of his most popular pieces, including “The Rain Must Fall” and “Reflections of Passion.”

On Twitter, Yanni expressed his delight and astonishment at the beauty of Al-Ula, responding to local fans and telling them how delighted he was to be visiting the site.

Hundreds of tweets from fans poured in as the concert went on, with people delighting at his praise and urging him to return.

In the past, the musician has been vocal about his support for the Saudi people and the changes taking place in the Kingdom. 

“You have to come to Saudi to feel this and to witness the changes ... I’m really amazed by the speed of how things have changed,” he said.


Saudi Arabia announces 56 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 04 July 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 56 more COVID-19 deaths

  • 360 new cases were reported in Riyadh
  • A total of 1,858 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 56 more deaths from COVID-19 and 4,128 new cases of the disease on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 360 were reported in Riyadh, 315 in Dammam, 217 in Hufof and 214 in Qatif.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 143,256 after 2,642 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 1,858 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.