He toured the exhibition halls, witnessing the displays of the latest arms and equipment, including 20 types of armored vehicles equipped with heavy and large-caliber arms.
The exhibition also features a panoramic display of more than 16,000 different photographs spotlighting the history and evolution of the forces.
“By partaking in this festival, we also seek to involve all segments of the community in the daily life of members of the force out of our belief that security is a shared social responsibility,” Al-Otaibi said.
Attractions at the event include the skydiving simulator, virtual reality devices and the booth devoted to plastic arts.
The 18-day festival, organized by the Ministry of National Guard, is part of a major initiative to generate awareness of Saudi history and heritage.
Started in 1985, the festival’s main features include a camel race, horse race, falconry, and traditional arts and crafts.
The festival opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m daily. The first five days, from Feb. 7 to 11, are reserved for male visitors, women and families may visit from Feb. 12 to 24.