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What Events are taking place this Weekend During the Sharqiah Season

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This weekend of the Sharqiah Season has A LOT in store for you, with an impressive line up of entertainment programs, from concerts to a film festival to an air race.

The action kicks off with the annual Film Festival, that will be happening from the 21st of March at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran. The festival aims at promoting local productions, with around 143 productions and scripts being submitted this year in the film festival.

Besides the motion picture competition, the festival will also include a panel discussions and specialized workshops. In this fifth edition, the film event will be honoring two Gulf cinematic giants: the late Saudi actor Lutfi Zini and UAE’s Masoud Amralla Al Ali.

All participating films will be shown during the film festival, and there will be a Golden Palm award handed to the best documentary about a Saudi city and best poster. A winners’ presentation will be held during the closing ceremony, and then the films will be screened at the Ithra center.

Now, to the long anticipated Red Bull Air Race Event, that will happen starting from today and till the 23rd. The Air Race Demo will provide the audience with a warm-up for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019 season finale, that is taking place in Saudi Arabia next November.

The Color Run is also happening this Saturday, and it will kick off between 5 a.m. and noon with rest areas that will be offering refreshments and entertainment between stops. The run is one you don’t want to miss, make sure you dress up in an old white shirt; because it will be doused with colors at the end of every KM.

Last but not least, the Music Festival will feature performances by a number of mega stars at Dammam’s Life Park, including US rapper Pitbull and Canadian DJ Deadmau5 will take to the stage on March 21. While Amr Diab and US-Moroccan rapper French Montana, and American singer Akon will take on the stage March 22.

On March 22nd, regional artists Assala Nasri and Mutrif Al-Mutrif will perform, while Nabil Shuail and Hatem Al-Iraqi take on the stage on March 23, all concerts are to be held at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Center in Al-Qatif.

Sharqiah Season is the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment that are planned for this year, and will be running until the end of the month with more than 83 different events taking place across nine different cities in the 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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