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Winter in Tantora

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The first event of its kind launched last December 2018, giving way to eight weekends of world-class performances and events at breath-taking Ul Ala.


The archeological jewel of the Kingdom, Al-Ula plays host to a special season of festivities. The Winter at Tantora is the first event of its kind to be held in a UNESCO World Heritage site. Designed to showcase the wonders of Al-Ula to the rest of the world, the festival announced the reawakening of this magical region as Saudi Arabia’s first tourist destination.

Al-Ula, which lies north of the Arabian peninsula is home to numerous archeological sites and is a meeting point of many civilizations. Winter at Tantora Festival reflects this heritage and showcases the historical depth of the region to the world, which has been witness to the development of Al-Ula society on many different levels including agriculture, astronomy and construction.img_6459

Stars Under the Stars

Under the dazzling night skies of Al-Ula, guests were able to experience the transcendent power of virtuoso talents such as Mohamed Abdo, Majida El Roumi, Renaud Capuçon, Omar Khairat, Lang Lang, Um Kulthum, Andrea Bocelli (1 February) and Yanni (8 February). Each performed in a stunning, purpose-built concert hall which showcases the natural majesty of Al-Ula’s scenery, thus bringing together the beauty of music and the beauty of nature in a way that has not been seen before. To add to the already memorable event, on the sixth weekend, Egyptian legend Um Kulthum gives her worldfirst ‘performance’, via a hologram show.

COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

Authentic Experiences

Winter at Tantora is also a local festival where Al-Ula’s proud residents will welcome you to discover the wonders of their region and culture. With a name inspired by a sundial located in Al-Ula’s old town, used by the local population for years, as both a mode of telling time and a marker of the changing of the seasons, Winter at Tantora, is a celebration of life, culture,
heritage and beauty. Guests of the Winter at Tantora Festival have been able to take part in an exclusive visit to the archeological and heritage sites that are closed for renovations and will be open solely to the select group of Winter at
Tantora ticket holders. Enjoy unparalleled star-gazing opportunities hosted by experts revealing the wonders of the universe and the constellations. Or discover authentic cuisine available at one of the many pop-up restaurants.img_8878

Authentic Experiences

Winter at Tantora is also a local festival where Al-Ula’s proud residents will welcome you to discover the wonders of their region and culture. With a name inspired by a sundial located in Al-Ula’s old town, used by the local population for years, as both a mode of telling time and a marker of the changing of the seasons, Winter at Tantora, is a celebration of life, culture,
heritage and beauty. Guests of the Winter at Tantora Festival have been able to take part in an exclusive visit to the archeological and heritage sites that are closed for renovations and will be open solely to the select group of Winter at Tantora ticket holders. Enjoy unparalleled star-gazing opportunities hosted by experts revealing the wonders of the universe and the constellations. Or discover authentic cuisine available at one of the many pop-up restaurants.

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