ALULA: Winter in Tantora began on Wednesday, with the sundial named after the festival marked the change of seasons and the start of the planting season in AlUla, known as Al-Marba’aniya.
AlUla’s most important monument, the “Tantora” sundial can be found in the old town. The winter festival takes its name from the sundial because of the essential role it played in the lives of the townspeople.
This culturally important festive season has always been filled with celebration. The community has always been proud of its centuries-old traditions and continues to bring them to life every year.
âWe are extremely happy that our culture and traditions are being presented in this magnificent way to the rest of the world,â said Abdulmalek Ahmad Nseef, 20, from AlUla. âOur city has really flourished since we opened our doors to visitors from all over the world. “
Winter at Tantora is a six-week festival that is part of the two-month AlUla Moments, similar to the Riyadh season, which is back for its third edition. Visitors to the festivities will be able to experience a range of activities and engage in cultural exploration over the six weeks.
The Tantora celebration which started on December 22 lasts five days and focuses on sharing the traditions and culture of the AlUla oasis.
âIt was a very warm welcome for us, and we are really happy to be here,â said Michael Halimi, who has visited the Kingdom with his family from France.
âI think we’ve met some of the nicest, most honest people here,â Halimi’s daughter Sarah told Arab News. “It was the curiosity of the unknown that brought us here, and we are so glad we came.”
Different spaces have been set up in the old town of AlUla to showcase the local heritage and aspects of daily social life.
Visitors took part in four experiences as part of the five-day celebration, including a 45-minute theatrical performance of the iconic Arab explorer Ibn Battuta, followed by a shorter performance teaching people about the importance of architecture. by Tantora.
Visitors can then tour the farmer’s market and shop for local produce from the oasis farms, then finally end the evening by planting crops in AlUla soil, fully immersing them in the spirit of the celebration of Tantora.
The experience starts at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half. Tickets can be booked through the official website www.experiencealula.com.
Winter in Tantora offers other experiences such as visiting Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sadu Escape, Elephant Rock, a safari excursion with panoramic views of the beautiful natural skyline of AlUla made up of mountainous rocks, the Maraya platform, which has become host to the world’s largest artists and talents, as well as pop-up restaurants and food trucks.