Bahraini culture, crafts on show at Taif festival

The Bahraini pavilion houses popular markets, products and authentic restaurants reflecting Bahrain’s culture and heritage.
Updated 14 August 2019

Bahraini culture, crafts on show at Taif festival

Bahrain is participating in the 13th Souk Okaz, part of Taif Season, with a pavilion that reflects the country’s culture and includes a variety of traditional performances. 

Covering an area of 6,000 square meters within the "Arab Neighborhood," the Bahraini pavilion houses popular markets, products and authentic restaurants reflecting Bahrain’s culture and heritage.

The pavilion also offers live demonstration of traditional shipbuilding crafts and showcases different aspects of the pearl-diving profession. Visitors can also enjoy traditional local cuisine, with the aromas making them feel as if they are wandering through alleys in Bahrain itself.

The Souk Okaz festival is hosting 11 Arab countries to share their cultural and social heritage within the “Arab Neighborhood” event.

It has 200 shops selling pottery, silverware, glassware, wall arts and historical manuscripts, as well as textiles, handicrafts and leather goods. The market also includes restaurants and cafes.

Souq Okaz was famous for hundreds of years — predating Islam — it may go back more than 1,500 years.


International falconry events announced for Riyadh

Updated 26 August 2019

International falconry events announced for Riyadh

RIYADH: The Saudi Falcons Club has announced two major falconry events to be held in the Kingdom later this year, further strengthening Saudi Arabia’s importance as an international center of falconry excellence.

The 2nd King Abddulaziz Festival of Falconry will be held at the purpose-built falconry showgrounds on Qassim Road, Riyadh (Mulham exit) from December 1-16, while the 2nd Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition will be held in Riyadh from October 11-15.

Falconry has always been closely associated with the Arabian Peninsula and is an important part of the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia. Indeed, the sport was ascribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in 2016.

Today there are more than 20,000 active falconers in Saudi Arabia who are represented by the Saudi Falcon Club, which was established by royal decree in 2016 in order to stage international falconry events and competitions within the Kingdom, and to protect falcons and other migratory birds from predation and habitat loss.

For more information about the exhibition, festival and falconry in Saudi Arabia, go to: http://sfc.org.sa/en/home-en/