Second Winter at Tantora festival begins in ancient Saudi city of AlUla

Visitors will have a chance to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the region from a unique perspective in balloons or classic airplanes. (Supplied)
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Updated 31 December 2019

Second Winter at Tantora festival begins in ancient Saudi city of AlUla

  • Visitors will have a chance to learn about important historical sites, in addition to exploring the canyons and valleys in off-road vehicles

ALULA: The culture and traditions of AlUla are in the spotlight at the second Winter at Tantora festival, which began on Thursday.

Each weekend until March 7, a wide range of events and activities will take place reflecting the convergence of the cultures of East and West. Organizers want to highlight the cultural value and historical symbolism of AlUla, which is located in northwestern Saudi Arabia and throughout history has been a meeting point for cultures and civilizations from all over the world.

In addition to guided archaeological tours and heritage events, the festival highlights include live music and dance performances at the incredible Maraya Concert Hall, a 500-seater, glass-covered, world-class theater. One of the shows to look out for is “Jameel Buthainah,” featuring the renowned Caracalla Dance Theater from Lebanon.

Other attractions include Wadi Al-Qura Souq, a winter park, and the old town of AlUla itself. International artists who will perform during the festival include opera singers Jose Carreras and Andrea Bocelli, “popera” pioneers Il Divo, Greek composer Yanni, Latin music legends Enrique Iglesias and the Gipsy Kings, and pop stars Nile Rodgers & Chic, Jamiroquai, Lionel Richie, Craig David, Kool & The Gang and Sister Sledge.

“Winter at Tantora offers its visitors an exceptional opportunity to enjoy unearthed archaeological and natural sites, which are among the most important in the world,” said Amr Al-Madani, CEO of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

He added that visitors will have a chance to learn about important historical sites and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the area from a unique perspective in balloons or classic airplanes, in addition to exploring the canyons and valleys in off-road vehicles.

Tours will be led by guides from AlUla who have detailed knowledge of the area and its history and have received professional training in France, the US and the UAE. In addition, 24 young chefs from the area will work under the supervision of an elite group of international chefs to provide food that combines the culinary culture of AlUla with international cuisine.

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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.