Pink, Calvin Harris and J. Cole set to take the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stage by storm

DJ Calvin Harris, hit-maker behind anthem “Feels,” is set to take to the stage on Thursday night as the first major act at this year’s event.
Updated 26 November 2017

Pink, Calvin Harris and J. Cole set to take the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stage by storm

DUBAI: Pop fans across the region are set for a treat this weekend as the Formula 1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix offers a line-up of international stars during its after-race concerts series, from Nov. 23-26.

DJ Calvin Harris, hit-maker behind anthem “Feels,” is set to take to the stage on Thursday night as the first major act at this year’s event. The Grammy Award-winning record producer currently has more than five billion streams across all major streaming services and 11 consecutive platinum singles.

F1-goers can expect to dance along to singles such as “This is What You Came For”, “How Deep is Your Love” and “Summer.”

Superstar singer Pink is set to headline the final night of festivities on Sunday with her well-known anthems, including “Get the Party Started,” “So What” and “Try.” Since her debut in 2000, the 37-year-old star has had seven smash hit records and 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Sandwiched in between is Grammy Award-nominated hip-hop producer and rapper J. Cole, who has performed to crowds in the UAE before, and will bring his unique sound to the stage.

UK-based alternative rock band Mumford & Sons is also set to perform with their sing-along hits “Believe,” “I Will Wait” and “Little Lion Man.”

The concert series will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit and all race viewing tickets include access to the post-race concerts for the relevant day.


AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

Updated 02 June 2020

AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

  • Historic destination in northwest of Kingdom will now be accessible to visitors all year round

JEDDAH: When you’re already a quarter-of-a-million years old, a few months out of action because of a coronavirus pandemic is no more than a blip in time.

It is therefore safe to say that when visitors return to AlUla, the culture and heritage destination in northwest Saudi Arabia, not a lot will have changed.

AlUla’s attractions, including the Kingdom’s first UNESCO world heritage site, will reopen in October — and they will now be accessible all year round.

Walks, treks and trails will be available, guided by the local Rawi (Arabic storyteller) or self-guided, for visitors who want to delve deeper into the stories and customs of the region.

A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks.

“We are developing immersive, light-touch experiences that harness the power and silence of the landscapes, experiences like guided stargazing in a desert night sky that has inspired science, religion, philosophy, art and literature for millennia,” said Phillip Jones of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

Adventure tourists can tear around in a desert buggy or take to the skies in a vintage light aircraft to see volcanic craters and the lava fields of Harrat Khaybar. 

For families, Hijrat Noura, or Princess Noura Farm, offers a chance to observe the local flora and fauna. Winter Park, developed for the Winter at Tantora festival, will also return.

“A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks,” Jones said.