Saudi Arabia’s Janadriyah festival spreads culture and smiles

The 18-day festival, organized by the Ministry of National Guard, is part of a major initiativeto generate awareness of Saudi history and heritage. (SPA)
Updated 11 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Janadriyah festival spreads culture and smiles

RIYADH: Janadriyah, the annual national heritage and culture festival named after the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, is busy encouraging people to uphold values and heritage as well as enhance cultural exchange.

The festival offers a balanced view and a flashback to Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage.
The festival attracts a remarkable turnout of local and expatriate visitors, as well as visitors from outside the Kingdom.
It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the first five days, from Feb. 7 to 11, are reserved for male visitors only. Women and families will be allowed to visit from Feb. 12 to 24.

Al-Shananah Tower attracts visitors to Qasim’s pavilion
The historic Al-Shananah Tower at Qasim’s pavilion has attracted many visitors who were also introduced to Qasim’s heritage.
The facilities of the pavilion also include areas for crafts, camel riding, a traditional cafe, games, heritage cars, Qasim hospitality, and a wall mural titled “A Homeland’s Vision.”
Al-Shananah Tower, also known as Al-Shananah Observatory, is an archaeological landmark in the ancient town of Al-Shananah in Qassim province.
The tower was built of clay and hay in the early 12th century Hijri for monitoring purposes.
On each of the tower’s ten floors, there is an opening to let air in and for monitoring the surroundings. The tower’s floors are decorated outside and inside with ancient inscriptions.
The ceilings of each floor are supported by wood and palm leaves.

Tabuk pavilion features province’s crafts and heritage
The Tabuk pavilion has attracted visitors interested in learning more about the province’s heritage, history, and archaeological sites that have made it an important tourist destination.
Forty-five people introduced the handicrafts featured at the Tabuk pavilion, including fishing nets and rattles, water telescopes, and ropes. Participants also educated visitors on Tabuk’s ancient architecture, as well as sailing ships and how they are made, carpentry of ancient doors and windows, and sail making.

Heritage village reflects province’s history and civilization
Jazan’s heritage village captures Jazan’s present and past in one place.
Visitors are met with Al-Baitul Jabali, with its solid architecture specially designed to suit the mountain’s environment and overcome natural erosion.
The simplicity and elegance of the Tihami lifestyle are visible in Al-Baitul Tihami, the traditional conic hut known as Al-Ousha Attiniya (the mud nest), while Al-Baitul Farasani embodies the marine environment of Farasan Island with its sea, pearls, and shells.
The cultural center in Jazan’s heritage village captures the region’s booming development and highlights the most recent cultural achievements in Jazan.

MWL wing highlights league’s role in the Islamic world
The Muslim World League (MWL) at Janadriyah received many visitors who toured the wing which introduces the efforts of the MWL and its pioneering role in spreading moderation as the foundation of the message of Islam.
Visitors to the wing were briefed on the international conferences sponsored by the MWL in various countries of the world.
The MWL will hold its first seminar this month, which will be attended by more than 1,000 followers of various religions.

VIDEO: Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab on the charitable cause that helped drive her to the summit of Everest

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VIDEO: Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab on the charitable cause that helped drive her to the summit of Everest

  • Shahab vows to continue her close friend's charitable work helping underprivileged children in Egypt

JEDDAH: A Saudi mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest this year has described how her commitment to her late friend’s charity helped drive her to the top of the world’s highest mountain.



Mona Shahab reached the highest point of the world on May 23 as part of a team of Arab women.

In an emotional video published this week, the mountaineer breaks down as she describes how her close friend and fellow mountaineer Marwa Fayed died in 2013 after complications during childbirth.

Shahab vowed to continue Fayed’s charitable work helping underprivileged children in Egypt, and used her Everest ascent to raise money for the cause.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video posted by filmmaker and mountaineer Elia Saikaly, who documented their ascent.

In an interview with Arab News days before her successful ascent, Shahab spoke about how she hoped her ascent would inspire Saudi women.

“Saudi women can, Saudi women will, reach whatever heights they set their mind and heart to,” she said.

To help Shahab reach her fundraising goal, go to