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Saudi Arabia Lands Membership in UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee

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Saudi Arabia won on Wednesday membership to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for the very first time, the announcement came a week after the Kingdom’s election to the UN heritage body’s executive board for 2019-2023.

Commenting on the election was the Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Sciences and Culture Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan, who said that the Kingdom’s election shows the tremendous support of the Saudi leadership to the cultural sector.

“After the executive board (election), the Kingdom wins UNESCO’s World Heritage membership for the first time,” Prince Badr tweeted, “Thank you to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for their continuous support to the cultural sector.”

“This confirms the Kingdom’s international status and its role in building peace and contributing effectively to the establishment of the principles of culture and science.” He added.

Also worth mentioning is that so far, there are five sites in Saudi Arabia that are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List including: Al-Ahsa Oasis, Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Saleh) in AlUla, Al-Turaif district in Diriyah, Historic Jeddah, and rock art in the Hail region.

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The Region’s Largest Music Festival MDL is Coming to Riyadh

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Riyadh Season keeps on getting more lit and to make things even hotter, the MDL electronic music festival is coming to Riyadh for its first edition ever with a number of the world’s very best EDM superstars and DJs including David Guetta, Tiesto, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, and Steve Aoki.

The region’s largest music cultural festival will take place on December 19th and until the 21st and it will witness 18 global superstar headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local and regional performers.

The stars include global EDM and DJ stars, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and R3hab, alongside the biggest homegrown Saudi artists, including the country’s first female EDM DJ, Cosmicat, and the Saudi DJ duo, Dish Dash.

Saudi DJ, Ahmad Alammary, member of the festival team, said, “MDL Beast is more than just a festival. Empowered by innovation and technology in live entertainment, MDL Beast is also a platform with multiple objectives including ongoing seasonal local and global events, online and radio channels, recording studios, and a non-profit foundation promoting music education and therapy. We’re confident MDL Beast will be like nothing seen before and we cannot wait to experience this transformative musical milestone.”

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Riyadh’s Upcoming Concerts That You Can’t Afford to Miss

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It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to or which artist is your favorite because either way, this season of Riyadh will surely satisfy your taste by bringing your favorite artist.

The concert game is still going strong with more artists making their first debut appearance in the Kingdom, or others returning to perform once again on their favorite land as a host.

Now, here are some of the upcoming concerts you need to mark your calendars for!

El Hadaba Amr Diab

El Hadaba returns for another lit night on December 14th at Abu Bakur Salem Stage, tickets will be available starting tonight so make sure to be the first to reserve!

The Chainsmokers & Hamaki Night

All international superstars will perform on December 15th, you can now book your ticket through this link.

Saad Lamjarred, Miryam Fares and Miami Band

Moroccan pop-star Saad Lamjarred finally returns to stage, joined by the Lebanese star Myriam fares and Miami Band, the concert will be held at Mohammed Abdu’s stage in Riyadh Boulevard, and it is set to take place on the 18th of December. 

You can book your tickets through this link.

Assala Nasri, Majed El Mohandes and Waleed El Gilani

On Friday the 13th of December, you can get to enjoy an oriental night with these Arab superstars. Click on this link to purchase your ticket.

David Guetta, Tiesto and More stars!

MDL Beast is the region’s largest music and cultural festival happening in Riyadh, from December 19-21, and it has announced a great lineup of musicians with 18 global superstar headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local and regional performers, including global EDM and DJ stars, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and R3hab.

Check their Instagram page now for more information.

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The Kingdom Is Hosting The World’s Very First Desert Polo Tournament

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The Kingdom is set to host AlUla Desert Polo, the first of its kind to be held in partnership with the Saudi Polo Federation and also the world’s very first ever desert polo tournament.

The tournament is set to make its debut early next year on January 16th till the 18th, which will take part of the Winter at Tantora Cultural Festival. 

The tournament will take place at one of Saudi’s most exquisite locations, the UNESCO heritage site in AlUla which will open to the public in October, the Desert Polo is also considered as a milestone in Saudi Arabia’s sporting and social journey.

This huge event will be organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla in partnership with the Saudi Polo Federation, Desert Polo is one of the highlights of the three-month long Winter at Tantora festival, which runs from December until March with many musical and entertainment activities in store for visitors.
“This tournament is a celebration of the transformational journey that we are making in Saudi Arabia”, Chairman of the Saudi Polo Federation Amr Zedan and an international polo patron said.

“Our goal in promoting this extraordinary event is twofold. We want to tap into the undiscovered sporting talent that we know exists among young Saudi men and women and encourage greater levels of participation in our sport.” He added.
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