New Year’s Eve Like You’ve Never Experienced Before

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If you can beat the crowds and find a spot, you could greet the new year before everyone else and head to Sydney Harbour this New Year’s Eve (quite possibly the best fireworks display the world has to offer on NYE). Likewise, you could watch the ball drop in Times Square, see the Eiffel Tower pulse with colour, or go to London to hear Big Ben strike midnight.

But if all that feels a bit, well, expected, conventional, a bit ‘been there, done that’, what about something completely different to welcome the new year?

The Winter at Tantora Festival has its roots in Al-Ula’s celebrations of the winter planting season, but this year it’s taking on a whole new dimension as it announces the reawakening of the Al-Ula region, Saudi Arabia’s first tourist destination. An open, living museum the size of a country, the region is regarded as the world’s best-preserved heritage site.

In this unique, and quite magical setting, guests can truly expect the unexpected – from tours of ancient, unseen, heritage sites, unparallelled stargazing explorations and shopping in a traditional souk to light shows, a sculpture trail, cooking classes, a Balloon festival and Fursan, the King’s Cup Equine Extravaganza featuring Arabian horses.

Every weekend during the festival, guests can also enjoy concerts performed under the stars by some of the world’s most stellar musical talents, including Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang and Yanni.

So, for a totally different experience this NYE – or want to inject light, colour and life into the winter months of December, January and February, discover the world’s best-kept secret at Winter at Tantora. For more information please visit Day packages begin at $933 and weekend packages begin at $2080.

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