‘Jubba’ attracts visitors at Janadriyah

Visitors were introduced to Al-Baha region’s clothing at the 33rd Janadriyah festival. (SPA)
Updated 03 January 2019
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‘Jubba’ attracts visitors at Janadriyah

  • The jubba is a loose garment that covers the entire body and is made of manually spun silk or white sheep’s wool

JEDDAH: The jubba, one of the most important traditional Saudi garments worn by the people of Al-Baha region in the pre-Islamic era, has attracted many visitors at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival.

Rich history
Visitors are introduced to the region’s clothing, its cultural diversity and its rich history. The jubba is a loose garment that covers the entire body and is made of manually spun silk or white sheep’s wool. It may be open from the front and have two long sleeves with ribbons adorning its sides from top to bottom.
The sleeves may be a golden color decorated with thin red lines. But the people of Al-Baha no longer wear the jubba except on certain occasions such as weddings and when participating with folk groups that perform the southern ardah dance.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

Updated 40 min 24 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

  • More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs have been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.