Mohamed Abdo, Assala in the line-up of a month-long Saudi Winter at Tantora festival

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Dec 2022

Winter at Tanoura festival kicked off last weekend with a concert by Iraqi singer Majid Al-Mohandis, while Saudi Mohamed Abdo and Syrian Assala are scheduled for the upcoming days that will also feature numerous cultural activities

Winter at Tantora


Kicking off its activities on 22 December and continuing until 21 January 2023, the fourth edition of Winter at Tantora music and culture festival has already featured a concert by Iraqi singer and composer Majid Al-Mohandis (23 December).

Furthermore, the organisers of Winter at Tantora revealed two upcoming concerts showcasing stars such as Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo (30 December) and Syrian singer Assala (13 January 2023). The organisers highlighted that tickets to these concerts have already been sold out.

According to the press release provided by the organisers, Assala was quoted as saying that “the concept of Winter at Tantora is a wonderful one.” She added that “being part of the festival and performing in front of my fans at such an incredible location is something special.” 

The concerts take place at the iconic Maraya ( or ‘mirrors’) building with its mirrored panels that reflect AlUla’s beauty and that fuses with its surrounding mountains and nature. The Maraya hall is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as the largest mirrored building ever constructed.

The concerts are broadcasted live on MBC TV channels and the AlUla Moments YouTube channel.

In addition to Abdo and Assala, 200 other artists will perform during the days of the festival all of whom are A-listers. The names of the A-lister artists participating in the festival will be revealed in the upcoming days.

Al-Mohandis’s concert took place during the Winter at Tantora’s first weekend (22-24 December), a three-day experiential event that also showcased the Shorfat Al-Jadidah music performance (which took place 22 and 23 December) alongside Tantora Celebration, the Heritage Oasis Trail, and AlUla & Khaybar Hot Air Balloons display. 

Members of the Saudi National Band took to the balconies and rooftops of the Incense Road of Al-Jadidah, where they performed spontaneously melodies inspired by Saudi Music from the 70s all the way to the 90s. 

Winter at Tantora, which is a part of a host of Saudi events known as AlUla Moments, is the very first music and culture festival in the Kingdom. It takes place at AlUla located 1,100 km from Riyadh in North-West Saudi Arabia. AlUla is marked by extraordinary natural and human heritage. It is the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over the past years, the festival hosted numerous Arab and international stars, including Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie, Yanni,  Caracalla Dance Theatre, Jose Carreras, Jamiroquai, and Egyptian composer Omar Khairat, among others.

Besides Winter at Tantora, AlUla Moments also features AlUla Skies, AlUla Arts and AlUla Wellness Festival, all of which celebrate art, culture, music, nature, wellness, equestrianism, food and astronomy all of which are embedded in the culture, history and legacy of AlUla and the civilisations that once called the land of AlUla their home.

Short link: