Jeddah's Kanz Al-Balad, Al-Ozwa Street Performance enthrall visitors

Kanz Al-Balad will take place at Bab Jadeed of Historic Jeddah Season. (/Supplied photo)
Updated 16 June 2019
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Jeddah's Kanz Al-Balad, Al-Ozwa Street Performance enthrall visitors

  • Kanz Al-Balad takes visitors on a historical journey through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Al-Ozwa Street Performance is an interactive play about a young man who is preparing for his engagement ceremony

JEDDAH: The 40-day Jeddah Season festival is currently underway, with the launch of a schedule of international shows and plays being presented for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

The festival, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, forms part of a major drive to boost tourism in the Kingdom.

Most of the festival’s events are taking place at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah’s historical area, Al-Hamra Corniche and the Jeddah Waterfront.

Among the events is the Kanz Al-Balad scavenger hunt for families and children, with 41 shows lined up for the duration of the festival. 

Kanz Al-Balad is organized daily at Bab Jadeed from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and is aimed at helping participants learn more about Jeddah, interact with businesses, and improve their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Participants are split into teams, and are tasked with finding hidden objects or places with the help of clues.

Kanz Al-Balad takes visitors on a historical journey through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For comedy and history lovers, Al-Ozwa Street Performance is a must. There are four 45-minute shows daily until the end of the festival.

The interactive play, set 100 years ago, is about a young man named Omar who is preparing for his engagement ceremony, and encounters a dilemma unrelated to his engagement.

He needs the audience’s help to get him out of the trouble he is in, and to have a problem-free engagement ceremony. Show timings are 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 10 p. m.

Raed Abuzinada, general supervisor of Jeddah Season, said the festival is part of a national initiative to promote the tourism sector, which is a major contributor to the Saudi economy.

Visitors buying tickets online for any of the festival’s events can secure an e-tourism visa at the same time, he added. The visa will be issued within three minutes, he said. Details are at www.sharek.com.sa.


Hajj Ministry for Religious Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif sponsored “Al-Zamzami Al Sagheer” initiative and program

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Hajj Ministry for Religious Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif sponsored “Al-Zamzami Al Sagheer” initiative and program

  • The initiative aims to give pleasure and joy in the hearts of Hajj guests
  • The state aims at providing the pilgrims the highest desired services which are in line with the tremendous developments that the country is witnessing

DUBAI: In presence of the Board of Directors and the Women's Committee, the undersecretary of the Hajj Ministry for Religious Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif sponsored “Al-Zamzami Al Sagheer” initiative and program launched by Al-Zamazema office.

The Deputy Chairman of the Board and Spokesperson of the office Amir bin Faisal Obaid said that the initiative, which is overseen by the Department of Communication and Information at the office, aims to give pleasure and joy in the hearts of Hajj guests and teaching children the importance of their service. He added that the program received positive feedback from pilgrims.

Obaid stated that the history of the watering profession began since the time of Abdul-Muttalib bin Hashim, grandfather of the Prophet Mohammed who inherited this profession to serve the pilgrims, generation after another.

The state aims at providing the pilgrims the highest desired services which goes in line with the tremendous developments that the country is witnessing under the guidance of its leader King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and His Highness Crown Prince, stating that that the office provides its services to all pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom by offering them Zamzam water since their arrival to the Holy land until their departure date.

This happens through three major programs of action in its operational plan and several related subprograms and that the office works under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to achieve their target.