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.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.