21 December - 12 February

Winter at Tantora, the very first music and arts festival in the Kingdom, returned for a six-week format taking place from 21 December to 12 February. The name itself, which comes from a sundial, is culturally significant to the people of the region who relied on it to tell the time and celebrate the return of the planting season at the beginning of winter. This festive season was filled with high-end events and star-studded concerts, adventurous activities and immersive heritage experiences. Check out what went on during Winter at Tantora below, and see what's ahead for the rest of the season's upcoming festivals!

Winter at Tantora 2022 Concert Recap

Hegra Candlelit Classics

Hegra Candlelit Classics was a magical night of music surrounding Hegra with the glow of thousands of flickering candles as the Stefan Lombard ensemble played a gorgeous five-movement suite in a range of genres.

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Abdulrahman Mohammed

Starting off the new year in style, multi-talented Saudi star Abdulrahman Mohammed took the stage at Maraya on January 7, 2022.

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Omar Khairat

Beloved Egyptian composer and pianist Omar Khairat returned to AlUla for the third time with an amazing performance on the Maraya stage on January 14.

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Andrea Bocelli

The world’s most beloved Italian tenor Maestro Andrea Bocelli returned to AlUla to mesmerise his audience and opera fans yet again during an extraordinary performance at the award-winning Maraya on January 21.

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Magida El Roumi

Magida El Roumi is a cornerstone of Lebanese and Middle Eastern music. From international fame to the stage at Maraya, audiences were captivated by her performance on January 28.

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Alicia Keys

Closing out this season's Winter at Tantora concerts, Alicia Keys lit up the Maraya stage with original and unlocked songs from her latest album entitled ‘Keys' with a mesmerizing, sold-out performance at Maraya on February 11.

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Winter at Tantora 2022 Event Highlights

Ibn Battuta

This immersive live show introduced the audience to Ibn Battuta, a most iconic explorer, as he traveled through AlUla. The stories highlighted the generosity and love he came across during his travels and how AlUla has been an inspiration for poets and artists for centuries.

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Dolce&Gabbana Ikmah Fashion Calvary Show

AlUla and Dolce&Gabbana celebrated ancient horse heritage in a first-of-its kind spectacular and exclusive runway show in the unique and private Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show.

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Tantora Celebration

Following the traditional announcement of the winter harvest with of the local community, this celebration brought together residents and visitors in a celebration with music and cultural performances.

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AlUla Citrus Festival

Explore the oasis farms bursting with the bright flavours and perfumes. Join us as we celebrate all things citrus, a crop vital to the region’s agricultural prosperity, and learn all about the 29 types of citrus fruits special to the area.

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Saudi Tour

The Saudi Tour was a 2.1 stage race on the UCI calendar featuring 5 rigorous stages through the breathtaking and challenging desert terrain of AlUla.

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Fursan Endurance Cup

The Fursan Endurance Cup returned to AlUla for a third time as part of the Winter at Tantora festival. A demanding 120 km horserace through the desert, this race set the benchmark on endurance racing worldwide.

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Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo

In this high energy, trendy equestrian showcase, the chic Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo welcomed Adolfo Cambiaso and La Dolfina Saudi Polo Team to the AlUla pitch for an exhilarating tournament weekend.

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21st December - 12th February Winter at Tantora

Winter at Tantora uplifted the rich culture and history of AlUla in a dynamic, six-week celebration. This unique festival offered boutique events centred around music, culture, food and horse heritage. The highlights included the Fursan Endurance Cup, Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo, Dolce&Gabbana's first-ever Saudi Fashion Cavalry Show, the Winter at Tantora Celebration and AlUla's Citrus Festival!

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13th February - 31st March AlUla Arts Festival

AlUla Arts encouraged creativity. Embracing the innovation present in AlUla for thousands of years, this festival brought a mix of ancient and contemporary art all throughout AlUla. From the incredible large-scale art installations of Desert X AlUla 2022 and photography of Cortona On The Move to What Lies Within at the award-winning Maraya and the AlUla Performing Arts Festival in AlJadidah, AlUla celebrated its legacy of being a cultural crossroads.

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27th February - 12th March AlUla Skies

AlUla Skies inspired imagination. This festival had the magnificent AlUla Skies alive with action. From floating over Hegra in an AlUla Hot Air Balloon and a Guinness World Records™ title-winning Glow Show to the world's longest drone show soaring through the night sky and a spine-tingling Symphony Under the Stars set under the magnificent Arch Rock, in AlUla, the sky is the limit!

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17 March - 27 March AlUla Wellness Festival

AlUla Wellness gathered regional and international experts in the health and wellness field for a holistic festival. From the Five Senses Sanctuary and the 'silent' piano of MindTravel to Fitness X Music and the EcoTrail, it offered exciting new activities for the mind, body and soul set amongst the backdrop of AlUla's beautiful and timeless landscapes.

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Flying to AlUla

Saudia Airlines and flydubai fly into and out of AlUla International Airport (ULH). The newly renovated airport is located just 35 km (a 30-minute drive) from the city centre.

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