Al-Baha tourism documentary wins gold at Cairo festival

A village built on a marble mountain attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Updated 18 November 2017

Al-Baha tourism documentary wins gold at Cairo festival

RIYADH: A documentary about the rich heritage of Al-Baha tourism has won a top award at the Cairo Radio and Television Festival.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) documentary, Al Baha Tourism 37, won gold at the festival held in Cairo from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10.
Zahir bin Mohamed Al-Shehri, the director general of the SCTH branch in Al-Baha and secretary-general of the Al-Baha Tourism Development Council (TDC), said the award was the outcome of the efforts of the Talent Development Company (TDC).
“The SCTH, Al-Baha branch, and the TDC made a distinguished effort with the Mufid Media Co. and the director of the documentary film, and the joint work has now been appreciated with the gold,” he said.
He said that the preparation of the screenplay was done with three themes in mind: Al-Baha’s participation in Vision 2030, the charm of Al-Baha and the presentation of its urban heritage, monuments, heritage villages, museums and forts.
“These themes combined well in the documentary presentation and won it the gold award,” Al-Shehri said.
He said the area’s beautiful landscape attracted tourists and vacationers from throughout the Kingdom and Gulf countries.
Al-Shehri praised the efforts of Al-Baha Governor Prince Husam bin Saud, who is the chairman of the Al-Baha Tourism Development Council, for his support for tourism services in the region under the attention of SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman.
The Kingdom is witnessing unprecedented attention of its national heritage with the support of King Salman under the umbrella of the Program for Caring for Cultural Heritage.

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.