Desert X AlUla announces artist lineup; Drew Zeiba; Architect’s Newspaper

The inaugural Desert X AlUla in Saudi Arabia has announced its 14 artist lineup, but activists (and some board members) are already speaking out.

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Desert X Al Ula announces participating artists for its site-response exhibition in Saudi Arabia; The National


The first desert biennial in the kingdom will feature 14 large-scale site-specific works by various artists

Source: Desert X Al Ula announces participating artists for its site-response exhibition in Saudi Arabia

Desert X AlUla—the inaugural art biennial in a historic Saudi Arabian valley—announces participants; Gareth Harris; Art Newspaper

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Global interest rising in Saudi tourism – survey; Sam Bridge; Arab Business

YouGov research, which surveyed 9,521 people across the US, China and five key markets in Europe, reveals a growing interest in visiting the Gulf kingdom…

Source: Global interest rising in Saudi tourism – survey

Global interest in Saudi tourism ’on the rise’; Trade Arabia

Tourism interest in Saudi Arabia is on the rise from around the world, with one in five tourists more likely to visit the kingdom for a vacation now than five years ago, said market research and data analytics firm YouGov.

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The Royal Commission for AlUla Launches Its Second Winter at Tantora Festival of Culture, Heritage and Celebration in Saudi Arabia; Aetos Wire

The Royal Commission for AlUla Launches Its Second Winter at Tantora Festival of Culture, Heritage and Celebration in Saudi Arabia…

Source: The Royal Commission for AlUla Launches Its Second Winter at Tantora Festival of Culture, Heritage and Celebration in Saudi Arabia

Hegra and AlUla: Rebirth of Arabia’s ancient crossroads; Zawya

AlUla is full of archaeological treasures from the Dadanite, Nabataean, Roman and Islamic civilizations…

Source: Hegra and AlUla: Rebirth of Arabia’s ancient crossroads

Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee; KAWA

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was elected for the first time on Wednesday to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The announcement comes one week after the election of the Kingdom to the Executive Council of the UN Heritage Body for the period 2019 to 2023.

Source: Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee – KAWA

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman elected to Unesco’s world heritage committee; Emma Day; The National

The regional nations now form part of the governing body that has the final say on what will be added to the World Heritage List…

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Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO’s world heritage committee; Arab News

Saudi Arabia was elected to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for the first time on Wednesday. The announcement comes a week after the Kingdom was elected to the UN heritage body’s executive…

Source: Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO’s world heritage committee

Saudi Arabia, largely kept secret to outsiders, opened to tourists last month. This is what it’s like vacationing there now; Sophia Ankel; Insider

Visitors to the Middle Eastern country can camp on 1000-feet cliffs or snorkel along untouched coral reefs.

Source: Saudi Arabia, largely kept secret to outsiders, opened to tourists last month. This is what it’s like vacationing there now

Vision 2030 only the start of tourism drive, Saudi official says; Jamie Prentis; The National

The Kingdom is targeting 100 million visits by 2030 as it seeks to diversify its economy…

Source: Vision 2030 only the start of tourism drive, Saudi official says

Hotel giant Accor inks deal for Saudi tented resort; Sam Bridge; Arabian Business

Accor has signed a landmark agreement to debut MGallery, its boutique brand, in Saudi Arabia’s premier heritage destination, Al Ula…

Source: Hotel giant Accor inks deal for Saudi tented resort

Stop Everything: Saudi Arabia Is Getting Its Own Coachella; Milli Midwood; Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

And it’s coming in early 2020…

Source: Stop Everything: Saudi Arabia Is Getting Its Own Coachella

Almosafer unveils packages for ‘Winter at Tantora’; Trade Arabia

Almosafer, the flagship brand of Seera Group’s Consumer Travel Business Unit, has unveiled a host of event packages designed for fans preparing to attend the second season of “Winter at Tantora” between December 19 and March 7.

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An unfiltered guide to getting around in Saudi Arabia (as a foreigner); Rachel Graham; Euronews

Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to tourism. Rachel Graham is here to give you the lowdown on what it’s really like.

Source: Euronews Living | An unfiltered guide to getting around in Saudi Arabia (as a foreigner)

Desert X Funder Pulls Out in Protest of Saudi Collaboration; Hyperallegic

The Los Angeles Times reported that the MaddocksBrown Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that was one of Desert X’s early donors, announced that it will withdraw funding from the organization.

Source: Desert X Funder Pulls Out in Protest of Saudi Collaboration

Saudi Arabia’s historical sites are every bit as splendid as their better-known neighbours; Timothy Power; The National

Tourists are already beginning to discover the archaeological treasures that form a rich heritage, just weeks after a new visit visa was introduced…

Source: Saudi Arabia’s historical sites are every bit as splendid as their better-known neighbours

Coachella art biennial Desert X heads to Saudi Arabia; Gulf News

The exhibition consists of large-scale site-specific works staged across Coachella…

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Three Desert X Board Members Resign in Protest of Saudi Collaboration; Hakim Bishara; HyperAllergic

Ed Ruscha, Yael Lipschutz, and Tristan Milanovich say the Saudi government’s violations of human rights and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi prompted their resignations.

Source: Three Desert X Board Members Resign in Protest of Saudi Collaboration