Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the future entertainment, sports and cultural city of Qiddiya. (GEA)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

  • The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, features more than 500 pilots from 62 countries
  • Concert brings an end to the Dakar event in the Kingdom

LONDON: The line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert in Qiddiya on Jan. 17 was revealed on Tuesday.

DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the future entertainment, sports and cultural city where the winners in each category of the Dakar Rally will be crowned on the final podium of the event.

Wiz Khalifa is a Platinum-selling American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor who has recorded three No. 1 albums on the US Billboard chart since his debut in 2006.

DJ Snake, a French record producer and music programmer, is best known for his 2013 hits “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What.”

American rapper and songwriter Young Thug is best known for hit song “Havana” with pop singer Camila Cabello, which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard chart in January 2018 — his first number one single.

The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, features more than 500 pilots from 62 countries who started their 7,800 kilometer journey in Jeddah and will finish in the new city of Qiddiya.

General admission tickets for the closing concert start from SAR150 ($40) with VIP packages available for SAR1,250.

Tickets can be bought here.


Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.