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“Beyond Imagination,” third edition of Riyadh Season kicks off
Under the slogan "Beyond Imagination," this year marks the third edition of the Riyadh Season, one of the initiatives taken by Saudi Arabia to boost economic and tourist activity. (Xinhua/Wang Haizhou)

Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Season 2022 started in its capital on Friday (Oct 21) with a grand opening ceremony, the Xinhua reported.

Riyadh Season is a state-sponsored annual entertainment and sports festival, part of the larger Saudi Seasons initiative held since 2019 from October to March during winter in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority Turki Alalshikh inaugurated the opening ceremony of the city-wide celebration, which featured a drone show, performances from the internationally-known circus company Cirque du Soleil and British singer Anne-Marie, and fireworks.

Under the slogan "Beyond Imagination," this year marks the third edition of the Riyadh Season, one of the initiatives taken by Saudi Arabia to boost economic and tourist activity.

Artists perform during the opening ceremony of Riyadh Season 2022 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 21, 2022. Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Season 2022 started in its capital on Friday with a grand opening ceremony - Xinhua

According to the Saudi Gazette report, Riyadh Season 2022 will include 8,500 entertainment, cultural, sports, and artistic activities that will be organized in 15 zones, each "represented by a unique entertaining figure."

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Riyadh Season is one of the projects implemented by the Saudi Entertainment Authority, and its beginning was in 2019 when the number of visitors to the Riyadh season to attend Riyadh activities reached 10 million visitors.

It is also considered one of the projects of Saudi Vision 2030, which seeks to make Saudi Arabia a wonderful tourist destination.

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