Travel, tourism and hospitality Hiba Tawaji thrills AlUla with its first winter concert

Lebanese coloratura soprano singer and actress Hiba Tawaji gave a spectacular performance last night (October 29) at Maraya AlUla during a live concert which marked the return of events in Maraya and the start of musical events for winter at Saudi Arabia’s first Unesco World Heritage site AlUla.

Hiba looked at ease on the Maraya stage with a stunning appearance. She sang a rich repertoire of songs including “Min Elli Byekhtar” which addressed Saudi women and “La Bidayi Wla Nihayi” and “Toleat Ya Mahla Nourha” with symphonic orchestration.

Hiba surprised and delighted his fans with a medley of Aladdin with “Arabian Night”, “A Whole New World” and “Speechless”.

And paying homage to Saudi Arabia, Hiba performed “Leila”, in a big and new orchestration. The song, dear to Tawaji’s heart, was included to show love and pay homage to the country and historic destination of AlUla.

Composer and producer Oussama Rahbani presented a new bespoke opening piece for AlUla that brought audiences to their seats before Hiba made his grand debut on stage.

Musical events will continue at AlUla in the coming weeks

Located 1,100 km from Riyadh, in the north-west of Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage.

The vast area, covering 22,561 km², includes a valley of lush oasis, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to the time when the Lihyan and Nabataean kingdoms ruled.

AlUla’s best known and recognized site is Hegra, the first Unesco World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia.

An ancient city of 52 hectares, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean kingdom which included 111 well-preserved tombs, many with elaborate facades carved from the sandstone outcrops surrounding the fortified urban settlement.

Current research also suggests that Hegra was the southernmost outpost of the Roman Empire after the Romans conquered the Nabataeans in AD 106.

Corina C. Butler

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