DiplomaticQuarter: Janadriyah Festival is an opportunity to build bridges, says Djibouti envoy

Djibouti’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dya-Eddin Said Bamakhramatoured several heritage villages at the Janadriyah Festival. (SPA)
Updated 02 January 2019
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DiplomaticQuarter: Janadriyah Festival is an opportunity to build bridges, says Djibouti envoy

  • Many visitors said that VR technology was being widely used in education and training and that its deployment was likely to increase in the future

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is a cradle of civilization and Islam’s birthplace, said Dya-Eddin Said Bamakhrama, Djibouti’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, during his visit to this year’s Janadriyah festival.
“Saudi Arabia has a great economic and historic edge given its rich past,” he said.
The ambassador toured several heritage villages, including those of Al-Kharj, Al-Ghat and Jazan, as well as pavilions set up by government agencies, including the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
In a statement to the SPA, Bamakhrama praised the efforts of the Saudi government in preserving national heritage and remaining up to date with the world’s latest technological advantages.
He also praised the cohesion and harmony reflected in the festival through activities and programs that reconcile the past with the present.
“I am happy with what has been achieved through the participation of young men and women,” he said.
“The Kingdom has taken active measures to ensure an increasing number of local and international visitors year after year. The festival will surely enjoy wider cultural participation and that will help build bridges with other civilizations.”
The festival embraced the future with virtual reality (VR) providing education, entertainment and training for visitors.
Many visitors said that VR technology was being widely used in education and training and that its deployment was likely to increase in the future.
Earlier, the Indonesian envoy thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for choosing Indonesia as the guest of honor country. He said that this participation would further enhance the relations between both countries.
The festival reflects the leadership’s care for the history of the Kingdom and its keenness to introduce information on Islamic civilization to the world and shed light on folk arts, culture and heritage.
Since it was first held in 1985, the festival has offered a variety of activities and programs, including the establishment of a heritage village that presents the cultural history of all provinces in the Kingdom, and includes a commercial market and exhibitions of objects and tools used by Saudis in the past.


Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Updated 25 April 2019
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Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

LONDON: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the British Foreign Office in London on Thursday.

The two sides held talks during which they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and regional and international developments.

The meeting was attended by the Kingdom’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber.

Al-Jubeir also met with Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt and a number of UK Parliament members at the Saudi Embassy in London.

Earlier, Hunt highlighted the strategic partnership between Britain and Saudi Arabia and said that it would help British efforts to end the war in Yemen. “The strategic relationship that the UK has with Saudi Arabia is what allows us to have a huge influence in bringing about peace in Yemen,” he said.