Visitors wander down memory lane at Janadriyah festival

The virtual tour also allows visitors to the festival to explore many of the Kingdom’s most popular attractions. (SPA)
Updated 04 January 2019
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Visitors wander down memory lane at Janadriyah festival

  • Visitors get a glimpse into its famous museum and the way in which locals performing the national anthem are dressed up

JEDDAH: Visitors to this year’s Janadriyah festival can take a virtual tour around the Kingdom in just three hours.
Through the tour, visitors can get a comprehensive glimpse into the culture, customs, diverse history and dramatic landscapes defining the country’s 13 provinces. Folklore and traditional musical renditions specific to each region are performed in the backdrop.
Visitors begin the tour at the Makkah pavilion, which is decorated with makeshift landmarks of the historic city, including the Zamzam well, and has traditional Makkah craftsman demonstrating their skills.
At the Madinah pavilion, home to the Prophet’s Mosque and his final resting place, visitors can listen to El-Arish, a traditional storyteller, telling tales from the region’s golden age.
The pavilion includes an interactive virtual tour of 53 key historic sties of contention and triumph during the reign of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
From there, visitors are taken on a journey back to the 1950s in the Eastern Province. The pavilion is marked by a door mimicking the grand gates of the region’s most famous landmarks, including Tarout Castle, Al-Ahsa School, Qarah mountain and the Jawatha Mosque.
This virtual tour also allows visitors to explore many of the region's most popular attractions, including Liwan.
At the Asir pavilion, meanwhile, visitors can take a walk through a reconstruction of the region’s three major palaces, in which traditional designs have been mimicked and customs enacted.
At the pavilion of Al-Jouf, a region renowned for its olives, visitors smell the fruit and can view three folklore shows specific to the region, as well as a replica of the famous Omar Mosque minaret.
The Qassim pavilion contains a model of the region’s historic tower, a heritage palace and traditional Qassimi houses, while the Hail pavilion offers a fine art gallery and an enactment of the city’s women-only souk.
The pavilion exhibiting ways of life in the Kingdom’s Al-Baha region is designed to the letter. Visitors get a glimpse into its famous museum and the way in which locals performing the national anthem are dressed up.
Al-Baha homes are also renowned for their distinct ceilings and wall colors, which are painted throughout the pavilion. Visitors can also get a whiff of the scents of the region’s cuisine and aromatic plants.
The Jazan pavilion reflects the region’s distinct geographic character. Set against a mountainous backdrop to exemplify the region’s rugged landscape, the makeshift villages are surrounded by virtual agricultural terrains.
Finally, at the Najran pavilion, visitors can view renditions of the region’s Hama wells, as well as handicrafts produced by Najran locals.


Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

The marketing plan of the village has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

  • “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” Suzan Eskander said

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries.
The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29.
The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy.
Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors.
“Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said.
“There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.”
She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country.
“Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.”
Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display.
“In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.”
Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation.
“They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said.