After grappling with Covid 19 pandemic, Riyadh season 2021 finally commenced on Oct 20th 2021 with a concert extravaganza.
This was part of the plan announced in 2017 by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to turn a section on the edge of the capital Riyadh into a city of entertainment which offer cultural, sporting and entertainment activities.
It is the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 masterplan to diversify the economy and reduce their dependence on oil.
There have been many events organised since and it is not the first time a concert extravaganza held.
This concert featured Pitbull, a Cuban American rapper remembered for a vulgar act on stage with Jennifer Lopez. The Riyadh season openner went viral and was widely discussed on You Tube, social media and websites.
The westerners viewed it as "progress" and opening up of Saudi mindset from their strict and conservative Islamic practices.