RIYADH: Riyadh Season delivered the “wow factor” for a large crowd of onlookers with a spectacular fireworks display at the Saudi capital’s iconic Al-Faisaliah Tower.
Visitors, including citizens and expatriates with family and friends, gathered around the skyscraper well in advance of the display on Thursday night and began applauding loudly as the fireworks illuminated the skyline.
Iffat Aabroo, who brought her children to see the show, told Arab News: “One of our friends saw the fireworks last week and was amazed, so we came here and saw this wonderful moment. We really enjoyed it.”
Another visitor, Abdullah Al-Suwailem, said: “It was a wow moment. We had great fun and really enjoyed the dazzling moment. Riyadh Season rocks.”
The five-minute fireworks display was organized as part of Riyadh Season, one of 11 Saudi seasons that aim to promote the Kingdom as a tourism hub and improve residents’ quality of life.
Displays also take place at the Kingdom Tower, the Boulevard Zone and Janadriyah Heritage Village. Riyadh Season has been extended to late January 2020 due to high demand and the large turnout for events.
Announcing the extension, General Entertainment Authority Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh recently said: “We have reached 7.6 million visitors in a month for Riyadh Season, and under the crown prince’s directives, we’re extending the season until late January.”
The season began on Oct. 11 and was scheduled to end on Dec. 15.
Featuring 100 lavish events and more than 3,000 activities, the season brings people from all over the Kingdom to 12 locations in the capital.