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Updated October 2023

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace and spiritual epicenter of Islam, has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, evolving from a once-remote destination to a thriving hub of international tourism. In 2019, the Kingdom opened its doors to global travelers, hosting the grand celebratory event known as the Saudi Season, thus reaffirming its position as a prominent tourist destination.

Continuing its commitment to enhancing the tourism sector, the Saudi government is gearing up to unveil Riyadh Season 2023. This eagerly anticipated event is scheduled to commence on October 28, 2023, promising an unparalleled extravaganza for all its attendees.

Riyadh Season 2023

The much-awaited return of Riyadh Season has been officially announced, promising to deliver another extravagant showcase. Riyadh Season 2023 is set to kick off on October 28, 2023, with a grand opening ceremony, followed by a heavyweight boxing match, called ‘Battle of the Baddest’, between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, touted as the clash to find out who is the “Baddest Man on the Planet.”

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Riyadh Season 2023 opening ceremony

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As mentioned, the opening ceremony of the Riyadh Season 2023 will be held on October 28, 2023. According to Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the Saudi GEA, the opening ceremony of this year’s Riyadh Season promises to be the grandest, most extravagant iteration.

The opening ceremony and the ‘Battle of the Baddest’ are set to take place in the Boulevard Hall Zone, a new multi-functional arena capable of hosting 40,000 enthusiasts. This cutting-edge facility, covering an expansive 200,000 square meters, was completed in just 60 days and is equipped with the latest technologies.

At the time of writing, other details about the opening ceremony, such as performers and the like, are yet to be announced. Keep an eye on this space, as we will update this article with all the latest information as soon as it becomes official.

What to expect at the Riyadh Season 2023 opening ceremony

In order to give you an idea of what to expect at the dazzling opening ceremony, here is a glimpse into the happenings of the opening ceremonies of the Riyadh Season 2021 & 2022.

Presence of dignitaries & global icons

The opening ceremonies of the Riyadh Season witness the participation of not just performers from all over the world, but also dignitaries of Saudi Arabia, such as Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the Saudi GEA. The previous editions have also seen other globally-renowned artists like Anne Marie, and the Undertaker. The ceremonies have always recorded a success that dazzled the world through shows, fashion, and music, which enabled Saudi entertainment to compete with international carnivals. 


Drone shows & fireworks

The opening ceremonies have always included a number of fireworks and drone shows. Huge fireworks displays illuminate the sky of Riyadh, in conjunction with other sites in the city, most notably: Kingdom Tower, Al Majdoul Tower, in addition to a number of live shows, shows of the Samaritan heritage, wagon shows, and the show the flying Man.

Performances by international stars

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The opening ceremonies also feature electrifying performances by international icons, such as Pitbull in 2021 and Anne Marie and the internationally-known circus company Cirque du Soleil in 2022. 

Riyadh Season 2023 opening ceremony tickets

For the opening ceremony tickets, you can refer to WeBook as Riyadh Season’s official booking platform. You get the tickets to all Riyadh Season zones and event on WeBook. The platform is also available in the application version, which can be downloaded on your mobile phone.

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