Bocelli Captivates Hearts with His Majestic Voice in Winter at Tantora Festival in AlUla
Blakeridge Indigo Wins 4 Million US Dollar Endurance Race (234 riders from 12 countries!)
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Source: Winter at Tantora
3rd Feb, 2019
“A Stunning Festival of Night-time Hot Air Ballooning”
Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia – February 1st-9th, 2019:
Sixty hot air balloons took to the sky in the region’s first Hot Air Balloon Festival offering rides to festival goers and locals alike.
Each night the balloons light up the night skies with a daily ‘glow show’.
Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia – February 3, 2019:
On Friday, world-renowned Opera singer Andrea Bocelli made his debut performance in AlUla, Saudi Arabia. AlUla, home to Saudi’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, Madin’Saleh – the second largest Nabataen city after Petra – is currently host to the Winter at Tantora Festival.
In the inspiring concert, Bocelli sang some of his most famous songs, including “Overture”, “La donna è mobile”, “Di quella pira, Waltz” and “Donna non vidi mai”. He was joined on stage by a 200 person-strong orchestra and choir and even donned a traditional Saudi headdress a “Shemagh” for the final encore.
"This is my first time to perform in Saudi Arabia and I am very pleased with the great reception and hospitality I received from the organizers and the wonderful audience here," said Bocelli. "AlUla is a great surprise, it is a beautiful natural destination and it has been an honor to sing in such majestic surrounds."
Described as having the most beautiful voice in the world, the majesty of Bocelli’s voice was fitting of the stunning surroundings. AlUla county, which is described as a ‘living museum’ is home to some of the most interesting and untouched relics of the Nabatean, Dedanite and Lihyanite ages and was a core part of the ancient Incense route.
The Winter at Tantora Festival began on December 20, 2018 and runs to February 23, 2019. It includes heritage, cultural and artistic activities inspired by the heritage of Al-Ula and has hosted sensational acts including Lang Lang, Renaud Capucon, Omar Khairat, Majida Roumi and Yanni will perform this weekend on the 8 Feb. The AlUla Hot Air Balloon Festival is also in full swing with 60 hot air balloons taking to the skies every day from 1-9 February.
Visit www.winterattantora.com for more details
“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Race” (234 riders from 12 countries!) Story:
AlUla, Saudi Arabia –3 February 2019: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Race, the world’s biggest endurance horse race for prize money, standing at $4m USD was won on Saturday Blakeridge Indigo who completed the 120km race in 4 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds.
Horse Wameed from M7 Endurance stables came in 2nd place who completed the race in 4 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds, and horse Razorback Mechano from MRM stables came in the 3rd place who completed the race in 4 hours 25 minutes 44 seconds.
The race was part of the Winter at Tantora Festival in AlUla, Saudi Arabia held in partnership with the Saudi Equestrian Federation and the Emirati Equestrian Federation to highlight the heritage of AlUla that goes back thousands of years.
The FEI sanctioned, two-star classification race covered 120 km over four loops through the magnificent mountains of AlUla, a technical course between desert and mountains. The race saw the participation of 234 riders from 12 countries around the world including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Spain, Italy, France and Uruguay.
Winter at Tantora Festival is held in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia from December 20, 2018 to February 23, 2019. It includes heritage, cultural and artistic activities inspired by the heritage of Al-Ula, the home of important heritage sites in the north of the Arabian Peninsula and is the meeting point of many civilizations throughout the ages. Every weekend, the Festival will host artistic events and concerts by world-renowned artists who made their mark in the field of Arab and international art.
For more information, and to ensure attendance at concerts and participation in various events, please book your tickets today atwww.winterattantora.com
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00:10 – Pre-dawn 60 hot air balloons are being filled and readied on the first day of the AlUla Hot Air Balloon Festival
00:18 – Aerial shot of the balloons surrounded by the beautiful natural landscape of AlUla as they start to take flight
00:31 – Sweeping shot of the balloons, some in flight some taking off
00:36 – Firing the balloons
00:41 – Wide shot of the balloons over AlUla in the early morning light
01:18 – Night shots as the balloons are readied for the nightly ‘glow show’
01:28 – The glow show
01:39 – Andrea Bocelli in “Al Maraya” concert hall, he wore a traditional Saudi headdress – a ‘shemagh’ for the final encore
01:50 – Sweeping shots of the 200 person choir and orchestra
02:30 – Close up of Andrea Bocelli, a smile across his face
03:20 – Andrea Bocelli second song
04:35 – Andrea waltzes on stage
04:53 – The start line at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance race, 7AM
04:57 – A rider cooling off his horse as he enters the first vet check
05:12 – Arabian horses are the horse of choice for Endurance racing due to their stamina and speed
05:22 – Rider leaves the vet gate for Loop 2 of the race
05:47 – One of the race vets checking the heart rate of the horse as vet check. Part of the skill of endurance racing is the balance between the horse’s condition and speed
06:12 – Horse galloping through the AlUla valley
06:20 – The three trophies and medals. The prize money for the race stood at $4m USD
06:27 – Slow motion of horses galloping through the desert landscape
06:43 – His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bun Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of Madinah walking with Prince Badr Bin Farhan Al Saud, Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla
06:48 – Prize giving, Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai accepts the first-place award. His son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai accepted the second-place award.
07:00 – Ends