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What You Need to Know About this Year’s Saudi Design Week



Saudi Design Week has finally made its return with the theme of designing happiness and the biggest program ever made to transform the Riyadh Front into the Kingdom’s creative hub.

The event opened yesterday and welcomed a number of well-known designers and until the 9th of November, the event will host several workshops, exhibitions, design forum, design market and many more activities set to happen during this year’s edition.

“We have seen the growth of SDW over the last 6 years, and are inspired by its impact on the youth and the design industry as a whole,” Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF), which is a strategic partner to Saudi Design Week, said in a statement.

Also joining as partners are Mercedes Benz and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), commenting on the partnership was Ithra’s head of programs Abdullah Al-Rashid, who said: “Ithra’s participation in Saudi Design Week as a strategic partner falls under the center’s commitment to support Saudi talent and to showcase creative content across local and global platforms.”

“Saudi Design Week provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the societal benefit of design in an innovative and interactive way. The event, similar to Ithra, additionally supports in contributing toward bolstering the Kingdom’s knowledge-based economy as well as its social and cultural diversification per Vision 2030 vision.” He added.

We can’t wait to see the SDW showcase the artistic and innovative creations of participants, in addition to highlighting the positive impact that creative designs leave on society by helping create happiness.

The Saudi Design Week was first established in 2014, by Oasis Magazine’s founders Basma and Noura Bouzo, with the aim of providing a platform that is much needed for local and regional talents to showcase their creations.

The event opened to the public on the 6 November and will continue till the 9th of November. For more details, click here.



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Be Part of History During This Diriyah Season




Diriyah Season returns on November 22nd with a set of international sports and entertainment events that will cater to the sports fanatics, the entertainment seekers and even foodies and shoppers.

It’s a month that is expected to be filled with excitement, energy and unforgettable moments, and here are the events that will take place soon at the UNESCO heritage sight.

Diriyah E-Prix 2019

The Diriyah E-Prix 2019 is the first race of Season 6 of the FIA ABB Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series. This isn’t the first year for the Kingdom to host the remarkable event, it is the second one of a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) and will be staged again by promoter CBX.

For more details about the race and tickets, click here.

Clash on the Dunes

This is the Kingdom’s very first World Heavyweight Title fight and it is taking place on the 7th of December. The fight will witness current unified world heavyweight champion holding the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles Andy ‘The Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr, and Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua, the 2012 Olympics gold medalist, as they go head to head in one epic fight.

“This is the first-ever Heavyweight World Title fight to be held in the Middle East – a once in a lifetime event not to be missed!”

For more details about the race and tickets, click here.

Diriyah Equestrian Festival

The Diriyah Equestrian Festival will be welcoming more than 100 female and male equestrian riders to compete in the second edition of the festival, which will be held northwest of Riyadh in the UNESCO protected area of Al-Diriyah.

The six-day festival taking place in the historic town of Diriyah will be held from December 12-14 and December 19-21, allowing equestrians to challenge and compete with Saudi riders. Participants will also be competing for a chance to qualify as individual riders in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic.

For more details about the race and tickets, click here.

Diriyah Tennis Cup

This is the Kingdom’s first time to stage a professional tennis tournament! The three-day event will be held from December 12-14, featuring eight of the finest men’s players on the planet, all playing for the coveted Diriyah Tennis Cup.

The tournament will bring players to an elegant outdoor state-of-the art newly installed hard court in the stunning area of Diriyah, allowing sports enthusiasts to enjoy a one of a kind experience.



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What to Expect From This Year’s Winter at Tantora Festival




The countdown begins for one of the Kingdom’s most anticipated festivals, Winter at Tantora is set to take place from Dec. 19 to March 7. The festival will witness the arrival of numerous international performers, coming all the way to dazzle the audience.

The second edition of Winter at Tantora Festival is expected to host several remarkable performances by some of the world’s most known celebrities and international groups, all of whom will be performing for the first time at Winter at Tantora. 

The list of performances will include a British Jazz band, in addition to international artists and contemporary musicians who will combine between some of the classics we love with the dynamic and diverse ones.

The festival will see a performance from the multi-media theatrical production Jameel Buthainah on Feb. 14, a Caracalla dance inspired by the glamour and rich history of AlUla.

Activities aren’t limited to concerts only but also includes AlUla Balloon Festival, vintage aircraft flights, vintage car experiences and the Fursan Endurance Race, the second largest endurance horse race in the world. As the festival tries to add more events and focus on sports, fashion and cuisine besides music and arts.

AlUla will officially open to the public in October 2020, but you can get an exclusive sneak peek of the stunning destination by attending this year’s Winter at Tantora festival.

Tickets are currently on sale, through this link.




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6 Activities You Shouldn’t Miss this November




This Riyadh season, there is truly something for everyone, there’s something for those seeking a new experience, for the adrenaline junkies or even those looking to just relax or maybe try a new thing.

The below list serves all, so whatever it is that you’re seeking, you will most probably find it here.

The Ferrari Festival, Riyadh

For the adrenaline junkies, experience the thrills at the Ferrari Festival and enjoy a number of exciting events and the incredible displays of static car with over 50 Ferraris in addition to more luxurious sports cars.

When: 24 – 25 November 2019, 6PM to 9PM
Where: Riyadh Car Show, Riyadh

For more details, click here.

Saudi Design Week

Saudi Design Week welcomes you to the Happiness District!

“SDW 2019 explores the theme, “Designing Happiness”, curating installations, talks, and exhibitors that capture how design can be shaped by emotion and likewise, influence the happiness, quality of life, and sense of belonging within a space and society.”

When: November 5 (By Invitation Only)

November 6-9, 2019 (Open to Public)

Where: Riyadh Front, Riyadh

For more details, visit their website.

Take A Full Moon Hike In Jeddah

Take a break from all the events happening, getaway from the hassle of the city and escape to one of Jeddah’s stunning landscapes. Hiking is certainly one way to blend with nature and take in the beauty of the city.

When: Friday 8 November 2019
Where: Jeddah, Hejaz Hills

For more details, click here.

Step Into The Wild At The Riyadh Safari

You can now go on a safari trip in Riyadh and witness the incredible wild animals up close and learn more about their natural habitat! It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss, as you get a deeper insight of the beauty of the natural world.

When: 1 November – 15 December, 11am to 9pm daily
Where: Nofa Resort, Riyadh

For more details, click here.

Benefit From The Riyadh Shopping Festival

One of the biggest festivals happening in Saudi Arabia and you sure should take advantage from all the hot offers and discounts, several malls and outlets are participating, so click here to know more.

When: 10 November – 9 December 2019, 8am to 11:45pm
Where: Riyadh



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