Winter at Tantora to return in addition to new festivals in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla

The four distinct festivals will run in a staggered schedule from Dec. 21 to March 30, with a bevvy of both ticketed and free-to-enter events

  
Majestic rock-hewn tombs of Madain Saleh are seen near the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 25, 2019.

Majestic rock-hewn tombs of Madain Saleh are seen near the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 25, 2019.

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DUBAI: Under the banner of AlUla Moments, organizers have revealed that the highly anticipated Winter at Tantora event is set to return alongside a clutch of other festivals, including AlUla Skies, AlUla Arts and the AlUla Wellness Festival.

The four distinct festivals will run in a staggered schedule from Dec. 21 to March 30, with a bevvy of both ticketed and free-to-enter events.

A Candlelit Symphonic Concert will be held at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra to officially open the Winter at Tantora festival, which will run until Feb. 12, with additional equestrian events set to include a haute couture horse fashion event, Ikmah Fashion Calvary, the return of the competitive Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Race and the AlUla Desert Polo competition.

From Feb. 13, the AlUla Arts festival will bring together exhibitions showcasing a diverse array of artistic talents. Al-Jedidiah will be a hub of art activity and performances, with the outdoor Cinema El-Housh presenting arthouse Saudi filmmakers and their work.

AlUla Skies, which will be available for booking from Feb. 27-March 12, offers guests the opportunity to book hot air balloon rides, vintage plane tours or helicopter rides over the rock formations of Madakheel.

And as part of the new AlUla Wellness Festival in March 2022, a Five Senses Sanctuary will offer up mind, body and soul experiences from expert yoga to meditation. For something more energetic, the Eco-Trail returns to AlUla and AlUla Oasis Fitness Infusion will offer daily, expert-led group classes.

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