Janadriyah fest celebrates symbols of Saudi identity

King Salman claps while watching the camel race at Janadriyah festival. Right: A view of a camel race during the gala. (SPA)
Updated 07 February 2017
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Janadriyah fest celebrates symbols of Saudi identity

RIYADH: The National Heritage and Culture Festival, named after the village Janadriyah, showcases the heritage of the Kingdom including camel shows, horse-racing, sword dancing, poetry and music as well as crafts such as carpet-weaving, pottery, regional costumes and cuisine.
The Janadriyah jamboree formally got under way on Feb. 1 this year.
The festival, organized by the Ministry of National Guard, was inaugurated by King Salman.
Traditional activities, including camel racing, arts and crafts exhibits as well as poetry recitation will be the highlights of the 17-day-long festival. It will also feature a miniature replica of Saudi Arabia’s various ministries and other government agencies.
The festival is considered a national occasion where it blends history and the current era to spell out the Arab-Islamic identity and consolidate the various aspects of national heritage to preserve them for future generations. The patronage of King Salman to this 31st session of Janadriyah festival affirms the enormous care given by the Saudi leadership in linking the contemporary cultural component to the Kingdom’s history.
As per the tradition, Janadriyah hosts a foreign country as guest country every year.
The Janadriyah Festival used to host a friendly or sisterly country as a guest of honor to present its culture, material and civilized products to the festival’s visitors.
In the last 30 years, the festival hosted a number of countries including Turkey, Russia, France, Japan, South Korea, the People’s Republic of China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Germany. In its current session, Egypt is the guest of honor.
The Janadriyah festival had also honored a cultural figure every year at the national level. During the past sessions, the festival honored some 21. This year, the Festival will honor Dr. Ahmed bin Mohamed Ali, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Shibaili and Safiyyah bint Zaqr.
To cope with current issues, the festival touches more sensitive topics and symposia such as “post-oil development,” “the Arab World and the new political changes,” “Media responsibility to boost our cultural identity,” “the concept of Shoura in Islam,” “Islam and the West, the historical roots,” “the Saudi experience in serving Islam,” “Arab-Arab dialogue” and “Islamic-Islamic dialogue.”
The festival also addresses topics of political and social dimensions such as “extremism … reasons and remedy,” “Arab TV channels between criticism and assessment,” “moderateness of Islam,” “King Abdullah’s vision on dialogue, peace and acceptance of others,” “the West and Islamophobia” and “King Salman … decisions and achievements.”
Meanwhile, the current session will explore regional and international issues related to cultural, political and economic topics.
Local experts will deliver lectures on the future of the Kingdom in terms of culture and economy in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 while other symposia will deal with regional issues such as “threats to the regional Arab system,” “ideology in the political landscape of the Arab World,” and “contemporary Arab novels and ideology.”


Kingdom's anti-corruption chief leads Saudi delegation at UN General Assembly

Dr. Khalid bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Muhaisen, president of Nazaha and head of the Saudi delegation, will stress the Kingdom’s anti-corruption efforts locally and internationally. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 May 2018
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Kingdom's anti-corruption chief leads Saudi delegation at UN General Assembly

  • The meeting will be attended by UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Yuri Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia, represented by a delegation from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), will take part on Wednesday in a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to mark 15 years since the adoption of the UN Convention against Corruption. 

The meeting will be attended by UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Yuri Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

The opening session will discuss the most notable developments and best practices in the application of the UN Convention against Corruption, which has been adopted by 184 countries, including Saudi Arabia. The meeting will conclude with a speech by Lajcak.

Dr. Khalid bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Muhaisen, president of Nazaha and head of the Saudi delegation, will stress the Kingdom’s anti-corruption efforts locally and internationally.