Riyadh Season Art and Culture Exhibition Whistle Tour

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By ERICK ODUOR

Riyadh’s season takes place as the Gulf region transitions from summer to winter, ushering in a fascinating offering to entertain guests keen to experience a blend of Arab and international culture.

The festival brings out the best in music, cinema, wrestling, safari, football, culture and hospitality to promote cross-cultural interaction between young people and those seeking entertainment and rejuvenation.

The General Entertainment Authority – the organizer of the events – postulates that the fourth edition of the Riyadh season, which began on October 20, has exceeded expectations, in terms of tickets registered so far.

“We have 14 events to give people as varied an experience as possible,” said Ahmad Ali Almehmadi, the Authority’s director of marketing and communications.

Staged in the courtyard where King Abdul Aziz, the founder of modern Saudi society, the emphasis is on hospitality and history, on display through the kingdom’s collection of museum objects.

International hotel brands bring a taste of different cuisines, with the world’s best chefs showcasing what they do best. The hotels bring in season, South American, Italian and Japanese specialties, for the international traveler.

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The high point of the festival is next month when soccer stars led by Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Ligue 1 champions PSG land in Riyadh to show off their talent.

Football coach Arsene Wenger is already preparing Al-Hilal SFC and Al-Nassr FC to take on the stars of PSG.

The art and culture exhibition, which runs through March next year, is divided into 14 seasons, with up to 7,500 events planned for revelers in the Middle East’s largest economy. Seasons include, Desert Safari, Food, Wrestling, and Movies.

The exhibit is a slice of the kingdom’s transformation agenda dubbed Vision 2030 that is poised to unlock more opportunities away from its petro-dollar economy.


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