Pop star Mariah Carey performed at a confidential show at the terrific opening of Banyan Tree AlUla in Saudi Arabia. It is a new luxury resort in the authentic Saudi Middle Eastern city, known for its striking stone arrangements and the Unesco World Legacy site Hegra.
The terrific opening function, which was held on the grounds of the luxury resort, featured an arranged music routine and lofty Middle Eastern ponies.
Situated in the Ashar Valley a couple of meters from Maraya, Banyan Tree AlUla is an all-manor rose retreat that always puts well-being at its peak.
A sum of 79 luxury tents are spread across the Banyan Tree AlUla resort, each motivated by the migrant culture of the Nabataeans, the traveling traders who settled in the region around the sixth century BC.
At the event, the award winning pop star was the centre of attraction on Friday October 21. Banyan Tree AlUla is a luxury resort in the verifiable Saudi Middle Eastern valley known for its striking stone developments and Unesco World Legacy site Hegra.
Carey’s show at the staggering multipurpose scene Maraya, the world’s biggest reflected building, was followed by a send off function at the retreat.
Wearing a glittery black outfit and a beautiful pumps, Carey, 52, chatted between songs and joked around with the invited audience members, who were not allowed to take pictures during the show.
Perfectly jumping decades and easily progressing from perky to drive ditties, Carey started her show with her 1995 hit Dream. Joined in front of an audience by three back-up vocalists and a musician, she then segued into a variety, melding her 1997 hit Honey with 1999’s Heartbreaker.
Always Be My Baby, from 1996, was then followed by the ballad We Belong Together, from the 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi, which marked her career resurgence.
Carey took multiple breaks between songs, interacting with the audience, and even going off script.
“I’m not even going to look at that monitor anymore,” she said at one point. “We’re just going to chill and hang out together and enjoy this evening.”
She also summoned her “glam squad” to stage in the middle of the show as she chatted.
“You know, others slink into a corner and do this, but hey, I just want to spend this moment with you,” she said.
Carey also shared that the performance in Saudi Arabia was her first time doing a full show in three years.
“I performed at the Global Citizen show in September but that was a short show,” she said. “So this is the first time I’m actually performing in so many years.”
An extraordinary moment came when she invited her back-up vocalist Trey Lorenz for a two part harmony of their beloved cover of the Jackson 5 melody “I’ll Be There”.
Mariah Carey now joins Andrea Bocelli and Alicia Keys as one of the first international music stars to perform at Maraya. The scene will next have American pop musical gang OneRepublic on November 10 and John Legend on November 11.
Banyan Tree AlUla is the first property of Banyan Tree Group, known for its high-end resorts around the world, and was developed by the Royal Commission for AlUla.
Guests can choose from four types of villas — one bedroom, one bedroom with pool, two bedroom with pool or three bedroom with pool.
The striking Maraya building is located a few metres away from Banyan Tree AlUla.
AlUla is located more than 1,000 kilometres from Riyadh. Historically, it lays on the incense trade route, a land and sea network spanning the Mediterranean, north-eastern Africa, Arabia and India.
The city of Hegra, the second-biggest Nabataean city after Petra, Jordan, is located in AlUla and is the first Unesco World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia.