As another of Winter at Tantora makes headlines for its larger-than-life lineup, one star stood out in particular this month, serenading fans of all ages from Saudi Arabia and beyond. World renowned Spanish-Filipino singer Enrique Iglesias gave his first concert in the Kingdom, taking center stage in Al-Ula as part of the Winter at Tantora festival.
The event organized annually by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) won over a huge audience as the singer sang his most famous songs such as “I’m A Freak,” “Bailamos,” “El Baño,” “Heartbeat,” “Takin’ Back My Love,” and “Escape.” The outstanding performance happened at the Maraya Concert Hall, a 500-seat capacity hall with a jaw-dropping design that binds geology, music, and modern architecture into one magical space. Iglesias’ performance was undoubtedly heightened by the hall’s completely mirrored facade that reflects mountains, cliffs, and an overall sandy color palette of Al-Ula.
Known as a multi-platinum pop icon, Iglesias is renowned for his musical versatility across pop and urban genres in Spanish and English. Since starting his music career in the mid-90s, he has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide, released 10 studio albums, and 3 greatest hits compilations, and has headlined 10 sold-out world tours and performed in front of 10+ million fans. Over the course of his career, Iglesias received countless awards for his work as a singer and songwriter, including multiple GRAMMYs, Billboard Awards, ASCAP, and more.
Every year for the last two years, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula region has hosted visitors from across the world who come into the Kingdom for Winter in Tantora. During a series of themed weekend events, festival visitors get to experience premiere musical performances from some of the world’s greatest musicians, and a range of activities in the stunning region including a celebration of the winter planting season, weekly cultural events, and an equine experience.