Culture and entertainment meet in the Kingdom’s birthplace at Diriyah Season 2022
Home to the first Saudi state, Diriyah is regarded as the birthplace of modern-day Saudi Arabia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is important culturally and historically as it once held the royal residence of the Saud family as well as being the country’s first official capital. In 2022, the city will host the second annual Diriyah Season with the celebration is kicking off on the 20th of October and ending 22nd of February. The season will feature international sports competitions as well as a collection of entertainment events.
Following the season’s first iteration in 2019, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal chairman of the Diriyah Season committee stated, “We are delighted to announce the imminent launch of the Diriyah Season 2022 in the historic city, which features a great ancient historical heritage and deep-rooted geography and is listed on UNESCO’s World Urban Heritage sites.” And added, “We are excited to see large numbers of visitors from all over the world in the new season, and we look forward to satisfying visitors’ passion for sports and entertainment experiences.”
2019’s season featured the world heavyweight boxing championship, e-Prix Formula E races, Diriyah Tennis Cup, the Diriyah Equestrian festival as well as a variety of art performances saw the city welcome 196 national and global athletes; 16 world-class concerts by artists such as Major Lazer, Chris Brown, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Calvin Harris and more. The events were held across a period of 4 weeks and garnered an audience of over 300,000 visitors from 63 countries.
This year’s celebration is set to be vibrant with events such as the equestrian Longines Global Champions Tour which will kick off the season from October 20th to the 22nd, in addition to the FIBA 3x3 basketball world tour, and the Diriyah Tennis Cup. Formula E and boxing championships are also making a comeback this year, and more exciting festivities are yet to be announced.
As this season is running 4 months in comparison to the first season’s 1 month, it is projected to be more thrilling and fun than ever and attract an even larger crowd, so follow along to stay up to date as more details are released!
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