‘Inspiration Road’: A unique journey to Saudi Arabia’s past with a promise of a bright future

The ‘Tariq Al Himm’ (Inspiration Show) at the Green Halls forms part of the activities of the National Day Season in Saudi Arabia. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 25 September 2019

‘Inspiration Road’: A unique journey to Saudi Arabia’s past with a promise of a bright future

  • The show presents some 200 artists, 25 professional performers, an opera singer, 45 performers of the traditional Saudi Ardeh (sword) dance, 10 musical compositions with the help of 60 musical and high-tech instruments

RIYADH: The international theatrical show “Tariq Al Himm” (Inspiration Show) is being held at the Green Halls as part of the activities of the National Day Season in Saudi Arabia.
The show, which started on Saturday, will continue until Monday.
The show starts at 9:30 p.m. everyday. It takes the audience on a unique journey depicting the Kingdom’s path to progress and presenting its many artistic moments that renew pride in the country’s past, confidence in the present, and guarantee of a bright future.

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The show presents some 200 artists, 25 professional performers, an opera singer, 45 performers of the traditional Saudi Ardeh (sword) dance, 10 musical compositions with the help of 60 musical and high-tech instruments.

The show presents some 200 artists, 25 professional performers, an opera singer, 45 performers of the traditional Saudi Ardeh (sword) dance, 10 musical compositions with the help of 60 musical and high-tech instruments.
Three international events — “Cirque du Soleil” in Dammam, “Star Island” in Jeddah, and “Tariq Al Himma” in Riyadh — are taking place as part of the 89th National Day Season.


Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 9 min 35 sec ago

Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

  • More than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas

RIYADH: Snow parks, penguins and ice-skating rinks are common winter attractions in cities with the weather to match — but Riyadh?

Still, there’s a first time for everything, and Riyadh Season is giving the Saudi capital the opportunity to prove it with the opening on Oct. 20 of Winter Wonderland.

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival, and more than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas.

The site, against the stunning backdrop of the King Abdullah Financial District skyscrapers, will accommodate up to 40,000 visitors a day. “It is challenging, but it is wonderful to be here,” events director Edward Mellors told Arab News. “We are really enjoying it. It’s nice to be involved in bringing such a big project to a country like this.”

As well as the snow park, the ice rink and the penguins, attractions include a Marvel excursion, with Iron Man and other superheroes from the franchise.

“We have been sourcing these rides from all over the world, getting them together and making lots of deals, getting them on ships,” said Mellors. “I can’t think of any one challenge that has been the biggest, but with all of them put together, it has been a mountain.”