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Why AlUla Should Be on Your Wish List

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AlUla heritage site will officially open to the public in October 2020 but until then, you can get a full experience of what to expect during this edition of Winter at Tantora festival with a series of events that kicked off on December 19th.

Until the 7th of March, you can get to enjoy a wide variety of cultural events and activities, from concerts for international star in the astounding mirrored Mayara concert hall to getting a full experience of AlUla’s nature.

AlUla is known for its sandstone mountains and sand-swept canyons and you can get a good view of them with a hot air balloon, that will take you over the magnificent views of the heritage site.

Here are some of the events happening this month.

Balloon Festival

From January 2nd to January 11th 2020

“More than 60 hot air balloons take festival goers to the skies and offer sweeping aerial views of AlUla’s stunning landscape and rich heritage sites.”

Live Performances

This month, a wide range of outstanding musicians will take on the stage of AlUla, they are as follows:

The music of Beethoven at a Michelin-starred Restaurant (dinner)

2 January 2020

Celebration of Beethoven (Maraya Concert)

3 January 2020

The music of Beethoven at Sass Café (lunch)

4 January 2020

For more details on upcoming concerts and to book your tickets, click here.

Fursan Horse Race

1st February

Get ready for the best riders in the world who are coming all the way to ALUla’s magnificent mountains for the third-largest price in endurance racing: 20m SAR.

You can visit their website now for more events happening during this season of Winter at Tantora.

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What You Need to Know About AlUla’s First Interactive Exhibition

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Desert X in collaboration with the Royal Commission for AlUla have announced on Saturday the participating artists in the interactive exhibition, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia which open on January 31st and will run until March 7.

Desert X began in 2017, in California’s Coachella Valley, as a way to blend between modern art and the desert community. This will be Desert’s X very first international collaboration and the event will take part of AlUla’s Winter at Tantora festival.

The event will bring together a plurality of voices and is co-curated by Saudi curators Raneem Farsi and Aya Alireza with Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield.

Participating artists in the event will include Lita Albuquerque (US); Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia); Zahrah AlGhamdi (Saudi Arabia); Nasser AlSalem (Saudi Arabia); Rashed AlShashai (Saudi Arabia); Gisela Colon (Canada); Sherin Guirguis (Egypt); Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (UAE); Nadim Karam (Lebanon); eL Seed (France); Wael Shawky (Egypt); Muhannad Shono (Saudi Arabia); Superflex (Denmark) and Rayyane Tabet (Lebanon).

The event will play a role in bringing together three continents and will serve as a gateway between the East and West, and with that marking an exciting moment for the Kingdom.

 

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Line-up For Dakar Rally Closing Party Revealed and it’s Epic

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The renowned Dakar Rally is currently underway and it’s bringing the world’s top professional racers to the desert of Saudi Arabia, not only that but the line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert has also been revealed and it is epic!

Happening on January 17th, the closing party will take place in Qiddiya where the winners from each category of the Rally will be crowned on the final podium of the event.

The event is bringing to the stage the international stars DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug.

General admission tickets for the closing concert start from SAR150 ($40) while VIP packages are available for SAR1,250.

The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia kicked off on the 5th and will last till January 17th, featuring more than 500 pilots from 62 countries who started their 7,800 kilometer journey in Jeddah and will finish in the new city of Qiddiya.

Hurry up and click on this link to purchase your tickets!

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RSIFF Giving 5 Female Directors Their Breakthrough in the Industry

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Organizers of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) are giving the chance to five Saudi female directors to work on a unique new movie project entitled ‘Untitled Omnibus Feature.’

The movie which is produced and funded by the RSIFF is expected to be the breakthrough for the aspiring directors Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Noor Alameer, Sara Mesfer, and Fatima Al-Banawi, proving once again that the film festival is working as a platform to support young Saudi filmmakers.

The project is a huge platform for Saudi women in the movie industry and will debut at the inaugural festival in March 2020. To make things even more interesting, award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Suha Arraf is screenwriting supervisor on the portmanteau film.

The five uprising directors Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Noor Alameer, Sara Mesfer and Fatima Al-Banawi will work individually on creating short films which will then be combined into an omnibus documentary feature.

“This project provides powerful first-person accounts of contemporary life in Saudi, from Saudi women, at a time of fascinating change,” festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh said.

“We believe in film’s capacity to advance diversity and integration. Supporting innovative new works is central to this mission. There is no better way to work toward this than by creating opportunities for Saudi filmmakers to tell their own stories.” He added.

 

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