Andrea Bocelli serenades audience for second time in AlUla

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Bocelli and his family visited several museums, as well as archaeological and historical sites.
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The opera singer serenaded a delighted audience that came from across the Kingdom and neighboring countries.
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Updated 04 February 2020

Andrea Bocelli serenades audience for second time in AlUla

  • Bocelli performed many of the songs that helped to make him an international star,

ALULA: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli returned to Saudi Arabia at the weekend to perform at Maraya Concert Hall as part the Winter At Tantora Festival in AlUla. His first concert in the country was at the same venue during last year’s festival.

The opera singer serenaded a delighted audience that came from across the Kingdom and neighboring countries. He performed many of the songs that helped to make him an international star, including “Overture,” “La Donna è Mobile,” “Di Quella Pira,” and “Donna Non Vidi Mai.”

During his visit, Bocelli and his family visited several museums, as well as archaeological and historical sites.

The visually striking, mirror-walled Maraya Concert Hall is the largest theater of its kind in the world. The modern architectural masterpiece can seat five-hundred guests and is fitted with a state-of-the-art sound system.

Organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla, the Winter At Tantora festival features a wide range of cultural and artistic events inspired by areas heritage, which dates back thousands of years. In addition, there are a number of other activities and attractions, including markets, a winter garden, farms and the historic old town.

The festival continues each weekend until Mar. 7. It offers the final chance to visit AlUla’s heritage sites before they are closed to the public until October.

The rebirth of AlUla
Hegra, ancient city of the Nabataeans in Saudi Arabia’s historic AlUla Valley, is emerging from the mists of time to take its rightful place as one of the wonders of the world

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Saudi Arabia announces reinstatement of coronavirus restrictions in Jeddah for 15 days

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Saudi Arabia announces reinstatement of coronavirus restrictions in Jeddah for 15 days

  • Restrictions will come into effect from Saturday and are a response to an evaluation of the health situation in the city
  • The curfew in Jeddah will be between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. and mosques will close once again

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has announced a series of restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Jeddah that will last for 15 days.
The restrictions will come into effect from Saturday and are a response to an evaluation of the health situation in the city by the relevant authorities.
The curfew in Jeddah will be between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. as of Saturday and mosques will close once again.
Employees of ministries, government agencies and private sector companies in the city will not work from the office.
Restaurants and cafes will no longer serve food and drink on their premises and gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.
Domestic flights and train journeys will continue to operate and people can enter and exit the city outside of the curfew.
Those people who were exempted from previous restrictions continue to be exempted from the current restrictions provided that they comply with the relevant procedures.
The interior ministry added the number of critical cases in Riyadh is being monitored and appropriate action will be taken should the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise as has been the case recently.