AlUla breaks record for largest hot air balloon show in the world

A total of 142 illuminated balloons were put together in a show at the ancient site that lit up the sky and lit up the rock-strewn desert landscape.

The previous record was also achieved in AlUla – during its arts and culture festival, Winter in Tantora, in 2019 – that time it was with 100 balloons.

The event follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and the Saudi Arabian Balloon Federation (SAHAB) on 1st of March 2022making AlUla the capital of hot air balloon activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The world’s largest hot air balloon show on the 1st of March 2022 was part of AlUla Skies, a new festival in the AlUla Moments calendar of events. The festival included sunrise and sunset hot air balloon experiences with around 150 balloons each morning floating serenely above the magnificent ancient site.

This is not the first time that AlUla has broken world records. Maraya – the versatile conference and entertainment venue – also holds a Guinness World Records™ title for the world’s tallest mirrored building, with 9,740 square meters of mirrors, creating a breathtaking mirage reflecting the mountains and sandy landscapes of the valley of Ashar.

The AlUla Moments Winter Events Calendar is designed to deliver engaging and authentic artistic, musical and cultural experiences inspired by the land of civilizations. Events continue with the AlUla Wellness Festival and AlUla Arts until the end of March 2022.

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