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.


Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Updated 28 min 25 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US.
The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Kingdom also expressed concern about the positions held by senators of “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the Kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties ” the statement read.
Saudi Arabia also rejected “any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.”