6 Things To Know About The MIND-BLOWING Winter Festival Happening In The Middle Of Al Ula's Desert
...and why everyone's been obsessing over it.
Surely you've been hearing about the amazing makeshift concert hall/art called Maraya hosting a festival taking place in the middle of Saudi's deserts.
Winter At Tantora is the first festival of its kind in the Kingdom and the first time in a while that the historic Al Ula is open to visitors during maintenance.
Influencers, celebs and international artists have attended several events organised for different days, and it's been an incredible show of how hard the Entertainment Authority has been working towards the Vision 2030 goals. One of which is to boost the Kingdom's entertainment sector and depend less on oil exports for economic prosperity.
(Image Credits: Instagram @blueabaya and @jo0sef)
A STUNNING makeshift hall has been set in place surrounding Al Ula's natural sights
Hosted by the residents of Al-Ula, the festival has been running from the 20th December 2018 and will continue until the 9th February 2019.
An entire month left for those who've yet to witness the magnitude of this experience.
Themed events are currently taking place every weekend
From the celebrations of the winter planting season, cultural events, a Fursan horse-riding experience and live musical performances.
Attended @WinterAtTantora this weekend & I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the first weekend of #2019 💘⚡️ @RCU_SA— Oh So Lelo by Leena (@ohsolelo) January 6, 2019
These are just some pictures of our beautiful day but you can check my Instagram stories for full coverage of the trip📱🐪✈️💘 #WinterTantora pic.twitter.com/7eY4qpDU1L
Singers Mohammed Abdo, Majida El Roumi and renowned violinist Renaud Capucon have already performed at the festival
Italian singer Andrea Bocelli and Yanni are the headliners for upcoming events at the festival, this coming February.
Violinist Renaud Capuçon was so enamored by Al Ula's beauty
He even tweeted his majestic towering views of the mountains from a helicopter
Maraya has incredible views of the landmarks enveloping the desert from inside
And it's oh-so-beautiful.
When modernity meets culture.
On some weekends, visitors get to gaze the fruitful artworks of Saudi artists
عمل فني للفنان الأمير سلطان بن فهد، في بلدة #العلا التراثية، بعنوان: وكان حاكمًا يومًا ما، منفذ بأسلوب الصناديق المضيئة، تاركًا مساحة خيال ليتأمل المتلقي عوالم إنسان #العلا القديم. #شتاء_طنطورة pic.twitter.com/ZOUZ7wzoYY— Winter At Tantora شتاء طنطورة (@WinterAtTantora) January 7, 2019
There are options for tours to see the best sights of Al Ula
Complete with a local tour guide and photos of their guests at each iconic landmark.