Saudi Camel Village attracts huge crowds

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The village welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m until March 20 in the southern Sayahdah district of Al-Dahnaa. (SPA)
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The village welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m until March 20 in the southern Sayahdah district of Al-Dahnaa. (SPA)
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The village welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m until March 20 in the southern Sayahdah district of Al-Dahnaa. (SPA)
Updated 11 March 2019
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Saudi Camel Village attracts huge crowds

  • The village is part of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, taking place in the northeast of Riyadh
  • Visitors to the village are welcome from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the festival

RIYADH: The Saudi Camel Village is continuing its activities as part of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, taking place in the northeast of Riyadh.

The giant festival site is split into sections, including a commercial area, a desert park, and a village center where activities, entertainment, cultural events, traditional food and handicrafts are available. The Saudi Camel Village is receiving large numbers of visitors. 

The Khan Al-Khalili pavilion presents popular Egyptian folklore, while the Desert Man pavilion documents life in the Arabian Peninsula. There are also the Classic Cars and Old Games pavilions.

Al-Ardah Academy pavilion is attracting the most visitors, who are interested in watching authentic Saudi shows. 

The village welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the festival, which has revitalized tourism in the desert area that formed part of the traditional trade routes across the Arabian Peninsula. 

 

Entertainment program

Camel Club Chairman Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin met children of Saudi martyrs of duty at the festival. This visit falls under the cultural entertainment program for children of martyrs, organized by the Ministry of Interior. 

The children toured festival pavilions accompanied by “Houwair,” the festival’s character, and visited the Khan Al-Khalili market, which displayed a wall painting titled “Message to the Country’s Heroes.”

Ibrahim Al-Zahrani delivered a speech in the name of the children, expressing his admiration of the visit and the various events and activities of the festival.

On the sidelines of the festival, the Camel Museum is exhibiting the animal’s history in Islamic and Arab countries.

The museum includes an overview of camel breeds, as well as paintings and drawings made of the animal’s hair.


Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki at a press briefing. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

  • Houthis want to disturb peace, says coalition spokesman
  • Stockholm peace agreement under strain

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government is committed to protecting regional and global security, a spokesman said Monday.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki was asked at a press briefing about Houthi militias threatening to target the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“This is their way to disturb peace,” Al-Maliki replied. “Previously the Houthis targeted Riyadh with a ballistic missile, violating all international laws by attacking a city that has more than 8 million civilians. We take all precautions to protect civilians and vital areas. The coalition works to protect regional and international security.”

Al-Maliki said Houthis had targeted Saudi border towns several times, the most recent incident taking place in Abha last Friday.

But the Saudi Royal Air Defense Force had shot down a drone that was targeting civilians, he added.

He said four Saudi nationals and an Indian expatriate were injured in the attack because of falling debris.

The drone wreckage showed the characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing, he said, which proved Iran was continuing to smuggle arms to the militias.

He warned the Houthis to refrain from targeting civilians because the coalition, in line with international humanitarian law, had every right to counter such threats.

He said the coalition was making efforts to neutralize ballistic missiles and dismantle their capabilities, as the coalition’s joint command would not allow the militia to possess weapons that threatened civilian lives and peace.

Al-Maliki reiterated that the Houthis were targeting Yemeni civilians and continued to violate international laws. 

He also urged Yemenis to try their best to prevent children from being captured by Houthis, who were using them as human shields and child soldiers.

His comments came as the UN tried to salvage a peace deal that was seen as crucial for ending the country’s four-year war.

The Stockholm Agreement was signed by the Yemeni government and Houthi representatives last December.

The main points of the agreement were a prisoner exchange, steps toward a cease-fire in the city of Taiz, and a cease-fire agreement in the city of Hodeidah and its port, as well as ports in Salif and Ras Issa.

Militants triggered the conflict when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and attempted to occupy large parts of the country. An Arab coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognized government in March 2015.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015.

Earlier this month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration opposed curbs on American assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

“The way to alleviate the Yemeni people’s suffering isn’t to prolong the conflict by handicapping our partners in the fight, but by giving the Saudi-led coalition the support needed to defeat the Iranian-backed rebels and ensure a just peace,” Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington.