Cirque du Soleil performed in Saudi for the very first time. The Canadian-based group came to the Kingdom to perform their world-renowned shows for the 88th National Day.
Many of those who went to see the spectacular show took to Twitter to express their fondness over the event. The production, according to Saudi Gazette, was especially designed for the occasion.
27,000 people watched the show at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Sunday
Reports say that this was one of the biggest Cirque du Soleil productions ever created. A tailor-made HUGE stage was designed with an array of special effects, firework and video projections.
Cirque du Soleil produced a performance for the first time in #SaudiArabia designed exclusively for #SaudiNationalDay2018, and held at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh for a live and televised audience. #Saudi88 pic.twitter.com/SO3IB5FZC7
— CIC Saudi Arabia (@CICSaudi) September 23, 2018
The event was part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to welcome innovative entertainments
“This is part of the Authority’s efforts to attract and welcome the largest and most innovative entertainment and leisure companies to the Kingdom and facilitate business for them. These efforts are in addition to supporting a growing local sector, creating healthy competition between national companies to enrich the local entertainment scene.” – Abdulrahman Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa, General Manager of Communications and official spokesperson of the General Entertainment Authority.
88th Saudi National Day (23 Sept) celebrated by Cirque du Soleil in Riyadh pic.twitter.com/GDh8AshRl5
— Vanda (@VandaBosca) September 24, 2018
The show included a number of entertaining theatrics such as an Aerial silk show, electric motorcycles…
Free-flying Hoverboard performances, a group of unicyclists were also intact, hip-hop dancers and even a German wheel. Amongst other things.
السيرك الفرنسي بالرياض بمناسبة اليوم الوطني ????????
Cirque Du Soleil in Riyadh, for the occasion of the Saudi National day ????????#مهرجان #سيرك_دو_سوليه #اليوم_الوطني88 #cirquedusoleil #saudi_national_day #Riyadh pic.twitter.com/0jO84L8cO2
— عامر الخالدي Amer AlKhaldi (@amer_alkhaldi06) September 23, 2018
Residents who went to watch the show were ABSOLUTELY enthralled
I have attended cirque du soleil abroad 3 years ago & if u told me I will be attending their show in Riyadh, I wouldn’t believe you back then. I enjoyed it; the Performers did an amazing job. And the firework was the best way to end this excellent show!bravo ❤️ #سيرك_دو_سوليه
— Ghada ???? (@Ghada_Fahd) September 23, 2018
— Husam Ghannam ???????? | フサム (@dossaryhg) September 23, 2018