The fifth edition of “Winter at Tantora” festival in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, is set to run from December 21, 2023, to January 27, 2024. The festival presented by AlUla Moments, is renowned as the region’s premier festival.
It features a blend of arts, culture, culinary delights, and sports including the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo and the UlAla trail race.
The Genesis of Winter at Tantora
The Winter at Tantora festival has its roots in the cultural traditions of AlUla. The name “Tantora” refers to a sundial that the local people relied on to mark the beginning of the winter planting season.
Today, this period is celebrated with a diverse range of events, concerts, and activities that transform AlUla into a vibrant winter destination.
A Celebration of Cultural Diversity
The festival kicks off with the immersive Tantora Celebrations, a cultural event marking the start of AlUla’s winter planting season. Alongside this, the ‘Tales After Dark’ light projection shows will be a visual spectacle, illuminating four locations across AlUla until January 21, 2024.
A Journey through AlUla’s Rich Heritage
Winter at Tantora provides a unique opportunity to explore the ancient city of AlUla. Home to a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains, and heritage sites dating back thousands of years, AlUla offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural richness.
Visitors can take part in an immersive experience where the past is brought to life through augmented reality and imaging technology.
A Gastronomic Adventure
The festival also offers a culinary journey, with a range of dining options tailored to different tastes. From international cuisines served in stunning spaces to local dishes showcasing Saudi Arabia’s culinary heritage, Winter at Tantora caters to food enthusiasts from around the world. You can find a great variety of Al Ula Restaurants to choose from.
The Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo
AlUla is also known for its equestrian heritage, which is celebrated during the festival. The Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo, held from January 15-20, 2024, will see top players from around the world compete in a unique desert setting.
The AlUla Trail Race, scheduled for January 11-12, 2024, is another highlight of the festival. This event challenges athletes and amateur runners alike, with various distance categories set against the backdrop of AlUla’s stunning landscapes.
The final weekend of the festival features a fashion show, with collections from international brands such as Givenchy and Tiffany & Co. This event brings together the worlds of fashion and culture, adding another layer to the festival’s diverse offerings.
Winter at Tantora is More than a Festiva
Winter at Tantora is more than just a festival; it’s a celebration of Saudi Arabia’s rich cultural heritage, a showcase of its artistic talents, and a testament to its commitment to promoting cultural exchange and preserving heritage.
The festival provides a unique opportunity for visitors from around the world to experience the richness of Saudi Arabian culture and to explore the stunning landscapes of AlUla.
With its blend of art, culture, and culinary experiences, Winter at Tantora is a must-visit event for cultural enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventure seekers alike.
Ancient Kingdoms Festival A Journey Through Time
It is mentioned in another news that The Ancient Kingdoms Festival is a significant event that marks the 15th anniversary of Hegra’s recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique festival celebrates the interconnected oases of northwest Arabia, including AlUla, Khaybar, and Tayma.
It offers immersive experiences that ignite curiosity, inspire awe, and deepen the connection with the region’s ancient past. The festival is a tribute to the rich heritage and historical significance of these areas, providing an enriching cultural experience for visitors.