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What You Should Know About Jeddah’s Al-Balad

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Jeddah’s Al-Balad district has been successfully highlighting parts of the Kingdom during this Jeddah Season, visitors of the historical areas were certainly stunned as they walked down a journey through the rich heritage, culture and art of the city.

The season continues to entertain more and more visitors and enchant them with exceptional performances, workshops and exhibitions that showcase the evolution of the city.

During this month, the season featured a lineup of musicals, street art, athletics, comedy shows and local dance performances, all accompanied by a wide range of retail options and a remarkable choice of cuisine.

Al-Balad district also included a number of new attractions that kept visitors very entertained and on their feet. Here is what went on during some of them in case you have missed it!

Bait Al-Dahaleezi — immersive theater

The new immersive theater called Bait Al-Dahaleezi takes visitors into an artistic realm of mystery and fantasy, where they also get to test their courage. The theater is inspired by Al-Balad folklore, and is now being supervised by Sidra Events Management, produced by the Jeddah Season team and directed by Todd Albert Nims. 

Christie’s auction

The world renowned auction house hosted during the Jeddah Season is the Kingdom’s first international art auction. “Art for Al-Balah‘ celebrated artists from across the region and was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Hafez Gallery.

Arab artists generously donated a number of their beautiful pieces in order to help the auction raise the funds needed to build a heritage museum that shall preserve the culture of Al-Balah.

The profit made from the charity auction will contribute in establishing a new heritage museum in Jeddah’s historic district in addition to supporting The Help Center, which is a non-profit organization that provides customized educational support to children with special needs.

The season is offering a summer experience like never before, in Al-Balad until July 18 so make sure you attend one of the activities before they come to an end tomorrow.

 

 

 

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The Concerts to Look Forward to In February

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February is just around the corner with new concerts in store and new events to look forward to in the land where dreams come true! This time, the entertainment and international artists are brought to you by AlUla’s Winter at Tantora festival and here are the concerts happening in February.

Yanni

Greek composer Yanni returns once again this year on the 7th of February for an electrifying concert with some of his greatest hits that are set to make his night once again, memorable.

Performance of Jamil Buthainah – A Love Legend from the Oasis of AlUla

On the 13th of February, the world-renowned theatre Company, Caracalla will perform ‘Jamil and Buthainah – A Love Legend from the Oasis of AlUla’ in the beautiful Maraya Concert Hall.

The show will mix music with visual performance and dance to take you on a trip to the historic world of Jumail Buthainah.

Enrique Iglesias & Gypsy Kings in Maraya

On the 21st of February, visitors will get to enjoy live performances with a “Latin Feeling” with dual concerts by international Latin artists in the unique setting of the Maraya concert hall. The first performance of the evening is by Gypsy Kings, followed by a performance by Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias. 

Box seating includes access to the VIP lounge, light snacks and drinks during the performance and VIP seating at the Gala Dinner following the performance.

Lionel Richie and Craig David

Another spectacular dual concert by the legends Craig David and Lionel Richie in the unique setting of Al Maraya concert hall on the 28th of February.

Kool & the Gang & Sister Sledge

Happening on the 27th of February, Kool & the Gang will kick off the dual concert with their iconic songs including Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame then Sister Sledge will take on the stage.

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Dubai to Host A Huge Music Event With A Good Cause And Hope to End Poverty

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Dubai has been announced among the cities that will host Global Goal Live: The possible Dream, the epic global music festival that aims at bringing an end to poverty worldwide.

The 10-hour music marathon will take place across six continents and in cities including NYC, Seoul, Lagos and more in Europe and Latin America yet to be announced.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai made the announcement on Wednesday via Twitter.

This one of a kind ambitious event which is organized by the NGO Global Citizen, is set to take place on Saturday the 26th of September. The aim behind the event is to encourage several governmental and private entities to take action towards ending poverty, in addition to influencing the millions viewers who will witness the mega event into tackling the climate crisis.

So far, the global line-up includes the likes of Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus and Pharrel Williams, with many more big names yet to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

As for the hosts, expect to see Idris Elba, Katie Holmes, Trevor Noah and Hugh Jackman all in attendance.

Visit globalcitizen.org for more information.

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4 Ways You Can Enjoy this Weekend in Saudi Arabia

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From concerts to festivals and events, here is a list of places to be in this weekend to make the best out of it, before getting back to work or school.

The list is diverse, because there’s something for everyone!

1. Catch a Movie at Luna Cinema in Riyadh’s Boulevard

What’s a better way to watch a movie other than under the starry night? Absolutely nothing! Catch one of Hollywood’s latest production as you enjoy the fine night weather of Riyadh’s Boulevard.

Tickets include entry fees to the Boulevard and you can buy your tickets on gate or online through this link.

The movies include:

  • Joker.
  • Mary.
  • Aladdin.
  • Born a King.

For more details, click here.

2. Question Yourself at the Upside Down Gallery

 

Four rooms of which will leave you questioning whether you’re walking on your feet or head. Perfect for a group hangout and for a fun photo session!

Tickets include entry fees to the Boulevard.

Ticket price: 50 SAR

3. Let loose at Winter Wonderland

 

The magical place just got extended so hurry up and don’t miss your second chance to enjoy endless festive activities, the biggest staking arena in the Middle East and much more.

Tickets start at 50 SAR and can be purchased through this link.

4. Enjoy the live performance of the Egyptian artists Ramy Sabry and Tamer Ashour

Catch this incredible line-up of artists: Ramy Sabry, Tamer Ashour and Aedh Yousef on Friday the 24th and enjoy an exceptional musical night.

For more details, click here.

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