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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | AlUla Heritage Sites Reopen To Public End Of October

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has confirmed that the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, the ancient kingdom of Dadan and the canyons of Jabal Ikmah will be the first sites to re-open to the public, having been largely closed off to visitors in the past period. The RCU announced that residents of AlUla will…

TRAVEL | Guinness Registers Al-Asha As World Largest Oasis

Al-Ahsa Oasis entered the Guinness World Records as the largest self-contained oasis in the world. According to ‘Guinness’ website, the oasis includes more than 2.5 million palm trees feeding on a huge aquifer through 280 artesian spring and extending over an area of more than 85,4 square kilometers. The Heritage Commission undertook the task of…

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia to Lift Some International Flight Restrictions on September 15

Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flight as of Sept.15 to allow ‘exceptional categories’ of citizens and residents to travel, the state news agency SPA said on Sunday. The kingdom will scrap all travel restrictions on air, land and sea transport for citizens on Jan.1, 2021, it said. In March, the kingdom…

SHOPPING | AlUla’s Ancient Sites and Illustrations To Feature In This New Coffee Table Book

The destination of AlUla, working in collaboration with publisher Assouline, has announced  the upcoming release of a luxury, mesmerizing book of photography and illustrations. The book, titled AlUla is set to release in September and features stunning images by acclaimed Canadian-American photographer Robert Polidori, and interpretive illustrations by Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal. AlUla will immerse…

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

The organizing committee of the Saudi Film Festival on Tuesday announced the name of the jury for competitions in the upcoming festival. The festival, organized by Ithra in collaboration with the Film Authority of the Saudi Culture Ministry, will be held virtually from Sept.1-6 and broadcast online. Interviews with filmmakers as well as workshops will…

CULTURE | Government Buildings Across Saudi Arabia Must Display Saudi Art

A royal decree starts that government office and agencies in Saudi Arabia must nod display art by Saudi Artists. The announcement that Saudi art should be displayed within government buildings comes after a proposal by the Minister of Culture to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, which included a list of acquired works of art, traditional…

PILGRIMAGE| Saudi Arabia To Hold ‘Very Limited’ Hajj Due To Virus

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only ‘very limited numbers’ of people will be allowed to perform the annual Hajj Pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million people from around the world. The kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform …

SAVE THE DATA | Diriyah To Host Two Rounds Of Formula E Racing Next February

The Ministry of Sports announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host on February 26 and 27, 2021, two rounds of season 7 of Formula E racing, for the third year in a row in Diriyah, in coordination with the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation. The International Automobile Federation announced the provisional calendar for…

ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale

Saudi minister of culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan just established Al – Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art, the first art biennale to be set in Saudi Arabia. The biennale will focus on two central themes: an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021 and an Islamic art exhibition…

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula To Reopen Including Ancient Site Al Hijr

Saudi Arabia’s major cultural and heritage attraction Al Ula will reopen this October and for the first time it will be open to visitors years round. Al Ula contains many archeological treasures including Al Hijir, the first landmark in the Kingdom to be listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Al Hijir is the remains…

HIGH SOCIETY | The Ultimate Gift Guide For All Your Loved Ones This Ramadan

During this unprecedented Ramadan people are, more than ever,  taking the time to express their gratitude and love towards the people around the, the tradition of Ramadan gifting is a pertinent as ever, with thoughtful sentiment and meaningful gestures taking center stage during Holy Month celebrations. Scroll through our curated edit below of Bvlgari’s exclusive…

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