Digg, Jill, and Fahal: Saudis learn the differences between camel ages in National fair

In this file photo, Camels are seen during the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rimah Governorate, north-east of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mar. 29, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 09 January 2018
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Digg, Jill, and Fahal: Saudis learn the differences between camel ages in National fair

Camel expert Farij bin Fahd Al-Dosari said that camels are categorized into Digg, Jill, and Fahal according to their ages, and this is very important during festivals like the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which has attracted the largest number of attendees.
He explained that the Digg category includes several camel ages, like the Mofrada, which is more than 6 months old, the Haqqa, which is 3 years old, and the Jatha’a, which is 4 years old.
Jill, according to Al-Dosari, is a category for 5-year-old camels while Ruba’a camels are 6 years old. Sudus camels are 7 years old, and Shaq camels are the ones that had their first canine tooth.
He added: “The Fahal is the male camel that fertilizes female camels.”
He stressed that a festival’s standards are focused on what is considered more competitive.
“The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival proved capable of improving and adopting what makes the competition tougher between owners, who go above and beyond to win the King Abdulaziz Camel Beauty Contest Award,” he said.


Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

Updated 16 June 2019
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Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

  • “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,”SCTH source tells Arab News
  • The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has no plans to allow the sale or public consumption of alcohol, a senior government source has told Arab News.

The official with access to relevant decision-makers categorically denied “unsubstantiated” media reports in some international and regional news outlets.

“If you read the fake news, you will notice it is all based on hearsay and tweets by accounts known to have a questionable agenda when talking about the Kingdom,” he said.

“As the country moves forward with its reform plans, we expect much speculation and attempts by critics to hold us back. And while people are allowed to speculate and criticize, their speculation should not be treated as the truth.”

A second source at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) also denied such reports. “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,” he told Arab News. “I have not heard of any plans to allow alcohol in major cities, free zones or new projects.”

The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants. Any plans for the sale or consumption of alcohol would have to go through the commission for implementation. 

Saudi Arabia has witnessed substantial social reforms over the past three years, such as the curbing of the previously unchecked power of the religious police, reopening cinemas and allowing women to drive.

There has also been a major shift on previously prohibited public entertainment and gender mixing. International artists including Mariah Carey, Yanni, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique Iglesias and Black Eyed Peas have all performed.

Tourism projects have included pop-up versions of international restaurants such as Signor Sassi, Nusr-Et and Nobu. None has served alcohol.

“Officials have repeatedly said all changes were and will always be in line with Islamic teachings and traditions,” the senior source told Arab News.