A record 6 million visit Janadriyah festival

Updated 24 April 2013
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A record 6 million visit Janadriyah festival

A record 6 million people, including foreigners, visited the 28th Janadriyah heritage and culture festival that ended here last night.
The popular festival opened 15 days ago with a camel race in a somewhat subdued spirit because of the death of Prince Badr, former deputy commander of the National Guard. The event was organized by the National Guard.
Minister of State and Member of the Council of Ministers Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, commander of the National Guard, opened the pavilion of the People’s Republic of China, the guest of honor at the festival this year.
The largest Saudi cultural and heritage event in the country showcased local traditions and the exotic aura of desert life.
There was a dizzying array of exhibitions including various styles of bridal attire, ancient hunting weapons, farming tools and folk songs and dancing. The air at the festival was filled with the aroma of spicy dishes, amid centuries-old architectural styles.
The festival’s spokesman, Col. Khaled Al-Muqbel, urged visitors to post their ideas, criticism or proposals on the festival's website.
A number of Gulf countries also participated in the festival.


King Salman approves hosting of US troops in Saudi Arabia to enhance regional security

Updated 10 min 47 sec ago
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King Salman approves hosting of US troops in Saudi Arabia to enhance regional security

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved hosting US forces in the Kingdom to boost regional security and stability, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

In a tweet, the ministry said Saudi Arabia and the United States are "strengthen(ing) their longstanding partnership in (the) face of regional threats."

 

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