February 29, 2024

In a unique and innovative move, Saudi Arabia plans to repurpose decommissioned Boeing planes into vibrant culinary and theatrical venues, adding flair to its bustling entertainment scene.

Turki Alalsheikh, Head of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA), announced the collaboration with Saudi Airlines to transform five out-of-service planes into restaurants, cafes, and musical theatres in the newly designated Boulevard Runway zone, part of the Riyadh calendar.

Alalsheikh highlighted the significance of this venture, stating, “We are seeking to develop the idea. It’ll be a unique experience.” The initiative reflects Saudi Arabia’s commitment to diversifying its oil-dependent economy by fostering a thriving entertainment sector.

The Riyadh Season, a flagship annual event, has been instrumental in this effort since its debut in 2019. The fourth edition, unveiled on October 28, showcased spectacular performances, including a riveting showdown between British boxer Tyson Fury and former mixed martial arts world champion Francis Ngannou, dubbed the “battle of the baddest.

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“This year’s festival, spread across 12 venues in Riyadh, features a diverse array of entertainment, fashion, electronic games, fine arts, handicrafts, cuisine, and thematic zones. The Boulevard World zone, a major highlight, offers new and enhanced entertainment experiences with a 40% increase in space.

Key additions to the festival include the state-of-the-art Boulevard Hall, covering an expansive 200,000 square meters and accommodating up to 40,000 visitors simultaneously. The “Wonder Garden,” another attraction, boasts a super entertainment city featuring 70 different games and global gardens.

The Riyadh Season continues to captivate visitors with concerts by international celebrities, theatrical shows, and a variety of mouth-watering international cuisine. This innovative use of decommissioned planes reflects Saudi Arabia’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of entertainment and creating unforgettable experiences for residents and tourists alike.

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