Hegra Organized a Candlelight Concert for Tourists

Hegra is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Saudi Arabia and it’s the largest conserved site of Nabateans south of Petra which has been beautifully preserved. The site also serves as a station along the Hajj route for providing supplies like water for the pilgrims undertaking the journey. However, as recently as 2020, travelers were able to gain easy access to the site and explore it more fully. And one of the amazing offerings was a candlelight concert in the desert.

The Candlelight Concert

The candlelight concert is the first event of this intimacy level to be ever organized in Hegra. The first concert happened on Christmas Eve, 2021, and the second was organized to welcome the year 2022 on December 31, 2022. The event starred South African musical director Stefan Lombard’s ensemble. The instruments consisted of the piano, cello, violin, and the traditional oud. The ensemble played musical pieces from classical compositions, and soundtracks from Arab movies as well as a different take on the latest pop numbers. The audience was able to enjoy the music in an ambiance lightened up by 500 hand-sculpted, high-tech candles that flickered over the 100 monumental tombs. The sight was one to behold when the music and the light danced along, playing not just with the eyes and ears but also touching the audience’s heart.

The Organization

The two events were exclusively done for the AlUla Moments Season, specifically designed for the prestigious “Winter At Tantora.” The rest of the season is filled with musical, wellness, and art events as well as immersive heritage experiences and star-studded concerts. Not only that, but visitors will be able to undertake adventurous activities for a little thrill. The show was produced by the Balich Wonder Studio, a live entertainment group that specializes in the creation and production of large-scale events, brand experiences, ceremonies, and more throughout the world.

About Hegra

Hegra is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia that was declared so in 2008. The place houses over 100 monumental tombs carved from rock formations. The site lies only 22 minutes from AlUla city. Of more than the 100 tombs it houses, 94 are decorated. The site also has water wells, approximately 50 inscriptions of the pre-Nabatean period, and some cave drawings. The sight is a testament to the architectural accomplishments and hydraulic expertise of the Nabatean people. Hegra is also known as Al-Hijr to the Muslim community of the world. After thousands of years, Saudi Arabia has finally opened up the site for tourist exploration and it has attracted people in droves.

You Can Now Stay in a Floating Glass-Bottomed Eco-Hotel

In a world where humans are constantly looking for something new, exciting, and eco-friendly, we have since been introduced to sustainable accommodation options – and they’re pretty awesome. We’ve seen treehouses, we’ve seen Hobbit houses, and we’ve even seen beachside properties. However, we don’t think we’ve ever seen a floating glass-bottomed eco-hotel before. Until now, of course.

Inspired By 007

Eco-hotels are not unusual in today’s day and age, but it seems as though the design and the layout of these hotels are becoming more unusual as each month goes by. This is certainly the case for the Anthénea eco-hotel that can be found off the coast of Brittany, France. This new development is futuristic and alien in its design, but the inspiration for this new way of sleeping actually came from a story that’s been in our lives for many years. Ther glass-bottomed hotel was inspired by the 1977 James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.

Luxurious Eco-Friendly Living

What’s so great about this pod – apart from the fact that you’re quite literally sleeping on the water – is the fact that it has been designed with the environment in mind. While the accommodation itself is all about luxury, this luxury is made possible by the solar panels on the roof. In fact, this pod is designed to follow the sun so that it’s constantly utilizing the solar energy, and this heats the shower, cooks the food, and even allows the guests to drive the boat to wherever they want.

Everything You Need

Although this small pod may seem inadequate for a vacation, it really does have everything you need. The 540-square-foot pod has enough space for 12 guests and includes a beautiful sun deck, a stunning master bedroom, sea-water tubs, and even a kitchen with panoramic views. What could be better than that?

Well, we know which hotel we’ll be booking this year.