Starry nights, mu­si­cal de­lights at Al-Ula’s ‘Win­ter at Tan­tora’

Arab News - - Front Page - Ab­du­laziz Alaquil Jed­dah

One of the most im­por­tant his­tor­i­cally pre­served sites for cul­ture and her­itage in Saudi Ara­bia is set to ex­pe­ri­ence an en­chant­ing reawak­en­ing in the near fu­ture.

Dec. 20 will mark the first of a se­ries of eight con­sec­u­tive week­ends of themed mu­si­cal, sport­ing, and agri­cul­tural events. Each is head­lined by some of the most cel­e­brated and ac­com­plished mu­si­cians in the world, and all will per­form un­der the desert stars of Al-Ula.

A truly mag­i­cal des­ti­na­tion un­like any­where else in the world, Al-Ula of­fers his­toric mon­u­ments span­ning gen­er­a­tions and civ­i­liza­tions. Nota- bly, it is also home to Madain Saleh, the first Saudi site to be nom­i­nated as a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site.

Sur­rounded by breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral beauty, the eight-week ex­trav­a­ganza ti­tled “Win­ter at Tan­tora” will of­fer fes­ti­val-go­ers a once-in-a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence that in­cludes cul­tur­ally themed her­itage events, a spec­tac­u­lar eques­trian ex­pe­ri­ence, and a cel­e­bra­tion of the win­ter plant­ing sea­son.

In­spired by Al-Ula’s tra­di­tion of mark­ing the be­gin­ning of the plant­ing sea­son, guests at­tend­ing the event’s first week­end can ex­pe­ri­ence Al-Ula’s authen­tic old town by shop­ping in a tra­di­tional souk, wan­der­ing through the tem­po­rary art in­stalla- tions, en­joy­ing tra­di­tional cui­sine, and be­ing treated to the week­end’s first head­liner by famed Saudi singer, Mo­hammed Abdo.

The in­ter­na­tional artists mak­ing up the first half of “Win­ter at Tan­tora” in­clude Le­banese vo­cal­ist Ma­jida El-Roumi, French vi­o­lin­ist Re­naud Ca­puçon, and mul­ti­ple award-win­ning Egyp­tian com­poser Omar Khairat.

On Jan. 18, renowned pi­anist Lang Lang, a vir­tu­oso per­former who has worked with lead­ing or­ches­tras world­wide, will bring his tal­ents to Al-Ula. On Jan. 25, guests will have a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity as they ex­pe­ri­ence the late and much-beloved Egyp­tian singer Um Kulthum, as her ex­tra­or­di­nary im­age and vo­cals will be show­cased via holo­gram in Saudi Ara­bia’s firstever “vir­tual” con­cert.

The last two week­ends of “Win­ter at Tan­tora” will be head­lined by Ital­ian opera singer An­drea Bo­celli and Greek com­poser Yanni. The former will be fea­tured at the con­clu­sion of “The En­durance Cup,” a de­mand­ing Ara­bian horse race that will bring com­peti­tors from the Mid­dle East and Europe. The Royal Com­mis­sion for Al-Ula is con­stantly work­ing with lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts as it con­tin­ues to re­store, pre­serve, and present Al-Ula’s rich nat­u­ral her­itage to the world.

“Win­ter at Tan­tora” aims to con- tribute by show­cas­ing this des­ti­na­tion to tourists. The fes­ti­val, which runs from Dec. 20 to Feb. 9, will be all-in­clu­sive. From trans­porta­tion to ac­com­mo­da­tions, all ticket pack­ages aim to en­sure a re­lax­ing, en­joy­able, and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for all guests in at­ten­dance.

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