Prestigious Saudi camel festival gets underway

The festival will run until March 20 in the southern Sayahdah district. (SPA)
Updated 07 February 2019

Prestigious Saudi camel festival gets underway

  • King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival will run until March 20

JEDDAH: Thousands of visitors from throughout the world are expected to attend a prestigious Saudi camel festival which on Wednesday got underway near the capital Riyadh.

Under the patronage of King Salman, the third King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival organized by the country’s Camel Club, will run until March 20 in the southern Sayahdah district of Al-Dahnaa.

Camel Club Chairman Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for supporting the annual celebration of Saudi culture and heritage.

The festival, being staged on the road between Al-Rumahiyah and Al-Hafna, has revitalized tourism in the desert area which formed part of traditional trade routes across the Arabian Peninsula. 

The southern Sayahdah district is also of national historical significance, having been the gathering point for the armies of the Kingdom’s founder Abdul Aziz, as well as an important resting point for Hajj and trade caravans.

Camel owners and visitors from Arabian Gulf countries and around the globe, will flock to the sprawling festival site over the coming weeks for what has already become a highly popular fixture on the Kingdom’s events calendar. 

The festival will put the spotlight on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage, with camels having played an important part in Arab life down the ages.

Businesses involved in the manufacture and supply of camel-related products will also be in attendance, and auctions will take place throughout the gathering. Six categories of camels, Majahim, Wadh, Shaal, Sifr, Shaqah and Homr, will participate in the Mazayen beauty contest.

The giant festival site is split into various sections including a commercial area, desert park, and village center where activities, entertainment, cultural events, traditional foods and handicrafts will be available.

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia


MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.