Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on April 28 of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart of an ambitious strategy to open the economy and ease social restrictions. There was a big team sent for the openting from Austria. The 12 members strong WB Production team was led by multi talented artist Birgit Moertl (Headartist).
The team with specialists in make-up & hair were responsible for the styling of all the performers of this huge opening show. The group was sent 5 days long from the city into the desert to rehearse for this so important opening, before a huge sandstorm threatened the opening and it needed to be postboned. 2 days later the king Salam and the crown prince Mohammed bin Salam placed the last element on the QIDDIYA logo and the spectacular show could start. The massive fireworks lit the sky until the Tuwaiq mountain cliffs.
Qiddiya, about an hour’s drive from Riyadh, is being built on a 334 square kilometer site, making it 2-1/2 times the size of Disney World. It will include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motor sports, cultural events, and vacation homes. A spokesman said Qiddiya expects to attract 1.5 million visitors annually when the first phase opens in 2022.