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Two Arab legends to perform at Winter at Tantora festival

Saudi Arabia's Winter at Tantora is back for its second season. Running from December 19 to March 7, the international arts, culture, music and heritage festival will be hosting two Arab legends over the course of one phenomenal weekend this month.

Aziza Jalal, the iconic singer whose voice defined the golden-era of Arabic classical and pop music, returns to the stage after a 30-year hiatus. Fans of the singer, who have waited for her return, can finally catch her on December 26, kicking off this season’s roster of performances in the magnificent new Maraya Concert Hall.

The following day (December 27), Omar Khairat will return to Maraya Concert Hall’s spotlight, for a blockbuster performance that will include a brand-new composition that the Egyptian virtuoso created in celebration of AlUla and its rich history and unique landscape. The soaring piece, which harmoniously brings together the full range of his orchestra to culminate in a crescendo, will ring through the festival this season.  

Themed Mystical Middle East, the second weekend of the festival taps into the otherworldliness of AlUla’s landscape. From stargazing expeditions to astrology sessions, the weekend brings a new facet of AlUla into sharp relief. Music will anchor the weekend and in addition to the two lead performers, oud players from around the region will provide the soundtrack to the weekend.

In addition, visitors can continue to experience the rich history and heritage of the Old Town of AlUla through a variety of activities. The Wadi Al Qura market will offer a glimpse into the region’s culture and will be the place for the local community to showcase local produce, cuisine and crafts.  

With a canvas as vast as AlUla, there is something for everyone at Winter at Tantora festival - experiencing the thrill of the Vintage Aircraft Flights, savouring world cuisine at the Winter Park or at the multiple restaurants and cafes, witnessing history at the heritage sites, and shopping at the traditional souks or luxury brand popups.

Visitors can map out a one-day or weekend-long trip in line with their time and budget preference. For fans short on time, the One-Day Gold, Platinum and Diamond packages offer return flights from Riyadh or Jeddah, transportation around AlUla, a visit to a heritage site and reserved seating at the headline performance. Prices for the one-day packages start from SR3,155 ($840.6) per person.  
The weekend packages, divided into Gold, Platinum and Diamond based on budget, include two nights’ accommodation, return flights from Riyadh or Jeddah, transportation around AlUla, excursions to heritage sites and reserved seating at the Maraya Concert Hall for headline performances. Prices for the weekend packages start from SR6,600 ($1,758.6) per person. Weekend guests can also bolt-on themed experiences in line with their interests, such as AlUla from Above (adventure), Authentic AlUla (culture) and Gastronomy (cuisine).  

Bookings for weekend and one-day packages are now open on, or

The opening weekend will also see the launch of a number of experiences ranging from vintage aircraft flights, vintage car experiences, AlUa Trails, heritage sites experiences, Farm experiences, the Winter Park and the luxury restaurant and café pop-ups. - TradeArabia News Service