AlUla’s Resident Festivities are Back!

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Winter at Tantora and more are waiting for you.


AlUla’s events schedule is jam-packed with four exciting, anticipated festivals, including Winter at Tantora, which is returning by popular demand, as well as three more festivities: AlUla Skies, AlUla Arts, and AlUla’s Wellness Festival, all under the banner of AlUla Moments.

These events will feature curated art, culture, music, nature, wellness,  cuisine, astronomical experiences, and much more. The events will include free and ticketed experiences.

For information with regards to tickets and other information, visit experiencealula.com.

The four unique events will begin on December 21 and run through March 30 in front of AlUla’s numerous timeless marvels. Then, starting in October, musical events will return to AlUla, with Maraya resuming its role as the venue for regional and international artists.

Winter at Tantora, the Kingdom’s inaugural music and arts event, returns from 21 December to 12 February.

The festival season will go off with a spectacular Candlelit Symphonic Concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra. In addition, equestrian events will include the eagerly awaited new haute couture horse fashion event, Ikmah Fashion Calvary, the return of the competitive Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Race, and the oh-so-chic AlUla Desert Polo.

A new Citrus Festival will celebrate AlUla produce. In addition, the Harrat Observation Deck with Back to Black restaurant will offer stunning sunrise and sunset views of AlUla from the top of the Harrat Uwayrid. In addition, archaeology and cultural workshops will be introduced at the various heritage sites; live immersion shows at AlUla Old Town and in the oasis.

The AlUla Arts festival, which will begin in February 2021, will bring together exhibitions and encounters made by a broad range of artistic talents to commemorate AlUla’s heritage as a cultural crossroads.

Some of the Kingdom’s top artists will be an exhibition reflecting the cutting edge of contemporary art at the award-winning Maraya, championing the ‘Art of our time.’

Al Jedidiah will be a hive of artistic activities and entertainment. The outdoor Cinema El Housh features arthouse Saudi filmmakers and tailored art experiences amid AlUla’s Oasis and surrounding settings.

The AlUla Arts Festival begins on February 13 and runs through March, with central installations continuing until the end of March.

It’s no secret that AlUla’s unique natural landscapes, from volcanic plains to historical heritage sites, are best observed from the air – presenting AlUla Skies. The sky will be alive with activity, whether it’s drifting serenely above Hegra in a hot air balloon, flying the length of the oasis in a vintage plane, or riding a helicopter over the rock formations of Madakheel.

Constellations, a unique sight, and sound experience is a high-tech twist on AlUla’s renowned star-gazing tour, while Symphony Under the Stars will be a spine-tingling orchestral concert set under a million glittering stars. All the activities mentioned above are bookable from 27 February to 12 March.

Leaning into AlUla’s history as a place for respite and relaxation, AlUla’s cultural oasis will become a focal point for wellness this December. A stunning new Garden of Moments experience will use the elements of the environment interacting with space, light, and sound in thought-provoking installations.

In addition, as part of the upcoming AlUla Wellness Festival in March 2022, a Five Senses Sanctuary will provide experienced yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practitioners with a comprehensive spectrum of mind, body, and soul experiences.

For something more energetic, the Eco-Trail returns to AlUla, and AlUla Oasis Fitness Infusion will offer daily doses of endorphins in the form of expert-led group classes. AlUla Wellness Festival will run from 17 March to 27 March.

Also coming back this year will be the popular sunken seating and fire pits around Elephant Rock. New adventure experiences include mountain biking, the Via Ferrata suspension bridge, extended zip line, and some challenging new hikes and canyon experiences at Madakheel.

Dining options will be extended across AlUla from new heritage site restaurants, the return of Annabel’s, and the Michelin starred chef restaurant, Maraya Social, on the rooftop of Maraya.

AlUla’s calendar takes inspiration from an ancient destination where social gatherings and cultural exchanges were part of everyday life.

Go to experiencealula.com for more and follow @AlUlaMoments Twitter and Instagram.

Important Dates to Keep an Eye On

  • Winter at Tantora – December 21 to February 12
  • AlUla Arts – February 13 to February 26
  • AlUla Skies – February 27 to March 12
  • AlUla Wellness Festival – March 17 to March 27

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