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What Went On During The First Weekend of the Sahrqiah Season

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The Sharqiah Season kicked off on Thursday night and turned to be a huge success as expected; in which thousands of visitors made it despite the unstable weather of high winds and slight rain.

Visitors were treated with musical performances, skateboarders show, motorbikes and fireworks, all of which are just the beginning of the 17-day festival. The Sharqiah Season will feature more than 80 events in the Eastern Province cities, and it is one of the 11 festivals that are scheduled for the Kingdom in 2019.

The event is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, with the General Entertainment Authority, the General Culture Authority and the General Sports Authority.

The opening night was impossible to miss, with the skies being lit with searchlights that marked the two sites of large areas that were set up on the Corniche: one for entertainment, and the other for a cultural village.

While Arabic singers Mohammed Abdo and Rashed Al-Majed entertained the crowds this past weekend, International music acts including Pitbull, Akon, Amr Diab and DJ Tiesto are set to perform next weekend.

In Dammam’s Life Park, the Montreal troupe Cirque Eloize played to a full-house on the opening night.

Montreal troupe Cirque Eloize

‘Battle of the Champions’ also took place at King Abdullah Adventure Park, a competition that brought together the top 12 skateboarders from around the world, to compete for the first position.

20 year-old Moaiyad Al-Salmi says that: “To practice on a ramp like this is a dream come true,” he also added, “We need a proper skate park built here, something that would bring the community of Saudi and non-Saudi skaters together. If we had events like this every weekend, and skate parks like this everywhere, we would find a Saudi competing for the World Series.”

Sharqiah Season is on until the 30th of March, and upcoming events include sports events such as the RedBull Air race and Formula 1 H20 boat race, as for musical concerts, performances include Akon, Amr Diab, French Monatana, Pitbull and Deadmau5.

 

 

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Saudi Exhibition in Rome Gets Praised For Showcasing the Kingdom’s Heritage

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The “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition which is currently held in Rome and organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has witnessed great praise from visitors of the museum and the director of the National Roman Museum, Alessandra Capodiferro.

The director of the museum expressed pride in her museum hosting such an important international Saudi exhibition that offers an insight on the the civil heritage of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula for more than five million visitors.

The exhibition was inaugurated last November on the 26th by Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah, and so far it has been hosted by several other prominent international museums.

Capodiferro also expressed pride in the international reputation achieved by the exhibition, which features several artifacts of great significance, including hunting gear, weapons, jewelry, utensils made from precious metals, glass, alabaster, ceramics, sculptures and wall paintings — all of which are an expression of local production, trade exchange and cultural contact.

The exhibition highlights the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula in addition to giving examples of the cultural interaction between the Roman and Arab civilizations.

The exhibition will run for three months in Rome, which is the exhibition’s 17th station.

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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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