Stop Everything: Saudi Arabia Is Getting Its Own Coachella

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And it's coming in early 2020

If you thought that Saudi Arabia’s new tourism agenda couldn’t get more exciting (thanks to the myriad cinemas, sports games and live concerts that have taken place over the past few months), then think again.

The Kingdom has announced the entertainment news to end all entertainment news: the Saudi Arabian desert is getting their very own version of Coachella. Desert X, a contemporary art exhibition held in California’s Coachella Valley, is coming to the AlUla desert Saudi in 2020.



“Desert X is expanding beyond the borders of the California desert and going international,” the organisers write on Instagram. “Furthering our mission to connect desert communities and cultures around the world through contemporary art, Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the desert of AlUla in northwest Saudi Arabia, a historically significant place of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and home to the country’s first UNESCO world heritage site, Hegra.”

Desert X is known for their contemporary exhibitions with installations from international artists.

Last week, Saudi Arabia announced a new tourist visa that will allow tourists from 49 countries, who aren’t traveling for religious purposes, to enter the country and stay up to three months.

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