Keeping traditional cultures alive, Saudi Arabia's Janadriyah festival attracts thousands

The heritage oasis from various regions of the Kingdom and presentations by national and international organizations are good attractions drawing many visitors every day. (SPA)
Updated 16 February 2018
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Keeping traditional cultures alive, Saudi Arabia's Janadriyah festival attracts thousands

RIYADH: Visitors from Saudi Arabia and around the world are participating in the 32nd Janadriyah National Heritage and Culture Festival, annually organized to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s lifestyle and the symbols of its identity.
The heritage oasis from various regions of the Kingdom and presentations by national and international organizations are good attractions drawing many visitors every day.
The 18-day-long festival, which opened last Wednesday with India as the guest of honor, is seeing a huge rush of visitors, both citizens and expatriates.

US Army delegation 'impressed'
A delegation from the US Army Command and Staff College said it was impressed by the cultural heritage and folklore of the Kingdom during their visit to the festival.
The delegation on Wednesday visited pavilions of the regions, governmental administrations and markets participating in Janadriyah.
Col. Rosenburger, one of the delegation’s members, praised the development renaissance the Kingdom is witnessing.

KAUST displays innovations and startup projects
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is displaying innovations and startup projects, most notably selective hydrogen generation technology as an alternative energy source, energy-efficient light bulbs developed in cooperation with SaNoor, drones, the smart suit, the supercomputer “Shaheen II,” and smart dental brace technology.
KAUST’s participation at Janadriyah this year also features documentaries depicting the university’s various laboratories and facilities specialized in the process of water desalination and the reuse of desalinated water in a sustainable way, harnessing state-of-art technologies and alternative energy sources.

87 trips for students to festival
The oasis of the Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage has so far received more than 670 students from different parts of the Kingdom, Saudi Press Agency said.
The director of the “Live Saudi Arabia” program at the SCTH, Hatim Al-Ahmadi, said more than 87 tourist trips will be organized for students to the festival. He expected more than 3,900 students to visit Janadriyah through the program.
The program also allows teachers and educators to participate in community and voluntary activities organized during such visits, he said.

Traditional sesame oil mill from Jazan
The corner of a sesame processing mill in the heritage village has attracted a large number of visitors interested in the traditional methods of producing sesame oil.
Eisa Al-Rajhi, one of the participants displaying the traditional sesame processing mill, said they wanted to demonstrate the traditional methods that most people still use in Jazan and Asir Regions.

Precious stones pavilion a hit among visitors
The precious metals, industrial rocks and ornamental stones displayed at the pavilion of the Saudi Geological Survey drew plenty of attention.
The pavilion features samples of gold, precious metals, and aluminum ores along with samples of the most important industrial rocks and minerals such as granite and stones.
SGS spokesman Tareq Aba Al-Khail said the strategy for mining aims to increase the production of minerals, metals, and rare-earth elements to grow production tenfold because mining is one of the national economy’s strongest pillars.

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Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

  • Guests laud King Salman’s efforts to unify ranks
  • Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety

MAKKAH: King Salman received thanks from guests at Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for welcoming and supporting pilgrims. They also thanked him for hosting them so that they can perform Hajj rituals. 

The king’s guests praised the services provided for them from the moment they arrived in the holy lands. This underscores the depth of the Saudi experience in dealing with crowds and successfully hosting millions of pilgrims each year.

Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety.

“The expansion projects in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, as well as the readiness of all medical and security teams, constitute strong evidence of Saudi Arabia’s capacities and ability to organize and manage the crowds with every Hajj season,” he added.

Ismailov pointed out that Muslims represent 70 percent of the population in Tatarstan, and that it is the first country in the region to adopt Islam as a state religion since 922.

Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, the grand mufti of Belgrade, in Serbia, said that King Salman’s hosting of pilgrims from all over the world continues a tradition of the leadership of this blessed land assisting and unifying Muslims. It continues the path of good and giving by the Kingdom’s leaders toward Islamic work in the world, accounting for its prestigious position in the Muslim world, he added.

Jusufspahic expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his great gesture that enables Muslims to perform Hajj easily and conveniently. He praised all services offered in the program, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Mohammed Amin, a professor from Ethiopia, who is making his first visit to Makkah, commended King Salman’s invitation to Muslims from all over the globe. He also saidthat the Ethiopian people were well aware of the financial and cultural support provided by the Kingdom.

The imam of the Central Mosque in Ethiopia, Ibrahim Khalil, expressed his admiration for the warm reception he and his delegation received upon their arrival, their speedy entry into the country and the journey to their residence.

Guinean Islamic preacher Mohammed Idris said the infrastructure and the scale of the preparations in Makkah reflect the tremendous efforts from all sectors there. “The Kingdom endeavors to develop organization and management of the Hajj season every year, a fact highly acclaimed among Muslims in Guinea, who consider Saudi Arabia to be the heart of the Islamic world,” he said.

Professor Bassim Berniavorates, from the faculty of medicine at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, said he was happy he had the opportunity to perform Hajj for the first time in his life, and was eager to meet Saudi people, to learn about their customs and traditions, and to visit popular markets that reflect the historical richness of Makkah.

He added that the Bosnian people were grateful for Saudi Arabia’s support throughout history, which has enabled them to overcome obstacles and crises and achieve their aspirations in building a civilized and democratic nation.

Bassim, a professor of anesthesia at the University Hospital in Sarajevo, noted that the program helped to extend bridges of communication with the world. “The Bosnians became more familiar with the Saudis and proud of this cultural fusion in the holiest parts of the earth,” said Bassim.

Dr. Mekhtbakh, from the Sports Academy in Kyrgyzstan, said that by visiting the holy land he had achieved a life-long dream. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his generous patronage and keenness to host Muslims from all over the world.