Saudi Arabia’s Formula E crowds wowed by performances from Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker and Clean Bandit

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Friday night’s performers were met with an ecstatic crowd. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Friday night’s performers were met with an ecstatic crowd. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Clean Bandit performing at the Diriyah Music Festival. (Supplied)
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Friday night’s performers were met with an ecstatic crowd. (Supplied)
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The concerts brought to an end a long day of action on and off the track. (Supplied)
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Friday night’s performers were met with an ecstatic crowd. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Up to 40,000 people enjoyed opening night of the Diriyah Season. (Supplied)
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Up to 40,000 people enjoyed opening night of the Diriyah Season. (Supplied)
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Up to 40,000 people enjoyed opening night of the Diriyah Season. (Supplied)
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Up to 40,000 people enjoyed opening night of the Diriyah Season. (Supplied)
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Up to 40,000 people enjoyed opening night of the Diriyah Season. (Supplied)
Updated 23 November 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Formula E crowds wowed by performances from Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker and Clean Bandit

  • With a second of day of Formula E racing on Saturday, Friday night’s performers were met with an ecstatic crowd

RIYADH: After a day of action on the racetrack fans attending the Formula E race were treated to dazzling performances on the stage at the Diriyah Music Festival.

American rockers Imagine Dragons, DJ Alan Walker and dance band Clean Bandit made sure the party lasted well into the night after Britain’s Sam Bird won the opening round of the ABB Formula E Championship in Diriyah.

 

 

The concert and the races at the UNESCO World Heritage site on the edge of Riyadh is part of the Diriyah Season of international sports and entertainment events.

With a second of day of racing on Saturday, Friday night’s performers were met with an ecstatic crowd.

 

 

First up, British electronic music band Clean Bandit belted out a series of instantly recognizable hits followed by a set from Norwegian DJ Walker.

The biggest cheer of the night came when Imagine Dragons took to the stage.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.