Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at the 1st Commercial Handicrafts Exhibition of the OIC member states, which was held recently in Morocco, witnessed a huge visitor turnout exceeding 100,000 visitors, the most prominent of which were Moroccan Deputy Prime Minister Abdellah Baha and Moroccan Minister of Traditional Industries Abdul Samad Gayoh, in addition to representatives of Islamic countries participating in the exhibition and a number of ambassadors, writers and intellectuals of different nationalities.
Traditional Saudi products fascinated the exhibition’s visitors, particularly the handicrafts of Madina, Makkah, Riyadh, and Al-Ahsa, which saw a large turnout because it symbolized Islamic heritage that Saudi Arabia constantly works to maintain.
Dr. Ali Al-Anbar, general supervisor of the National Program for Handicraft Development at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), pointed out that several national agencies and societies concerned with the promotion and traditional handicrafts have partaken in the Kingdom’s pavilion, including the SCTA’s National Project for Development of Handicraft (Bari), Al-Nahda Women’s Association, The Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative Society “Herfah” in the Qassim region, Fatat Al-Ahsa Charitable Society, Seleslah Center for Creative Saudi Handcrafts of Al-Faisaliah Women’s Charitable Society in Jeddah, with the participation of Saudi interior designers and entrepreneurs in the heritage handicrafts industry, Howaida Simsim.
Al-Anbar indicated that the participation of Saudi Arabia in this exhibition, along with 15 Islamic states, has contributed in highlighting national cultural heritage and promoting it among visitors of various cultures at the exhibition.
The Saudi delegation was also briefed on the international experiences in the handicrafts development industry in order to benefit from them in developing the handicrafts industry in the Kingdom.