Janadriyah Festival to have Germany as guest of honor

Updated 14 October 2015

Janadriyah Festival to have Germany as guest of honor

RIYADH: Germany will be the guest of honor at the 30th Janadriyah festival starting Feb. 3, at the Al-Janadriyah heritage village located on the outskirts of Riyadh.
“It is a great honor for Germany to have been chosen as the guest country for the upcoming 30th edition of the festival. It is a major recognition of the excellent state of our bilateral relations to have been chosen as special Guest for the most outstanding cultural heritage festival in Saudi Arabia,” said a senior diplomat.
The German participation will take place under the slogan, Germany — Land of Ideas: Innovation has tradition.
In the German pavilion, situated at the center of the festival site, the Saudi public will be able to learn more about Germany and experience the rich diversity of German culture and traditions.
“Germany is seeking a dialogue with the people of Saudi Arabia and we hope that the German Pavilion can contribute to the mutual understanding of each other’s culture,” said an official.
German artists, folklore dancers and musicians as well as renowned academics from Germany will participate in the 30th national heritage and culture festival at Al-Janadriyah.

Innovation has tradition
At the pavilion, visitors will find Made in Germany ideas and projects, whether in business, science or society, and experience innovative solutions the country is offering to meet future challenges.
German organizers are inviting the Saudi audience to time travel through a typical German city.
The pavilion tour starts at a medieval city gate and proceeds over a moat into the inner pavilion.
Visitors will then experience a historical market place and half-timbered houses, so-called Fachwerkhauser, proceeding into modern German life and houses.
Shops along the street will house various German companies and their innovative products and craftsmanship. The end of the tour is marked by a fascinating look into the future.
By visiting the German Pavilion, people can experience first-hand that innovation does indeed have tradition in Germany.

Strong partners for the German pavilion
The German Foreign Office has initiated the project of the German pavilion together with the place branding initiative, Germany — Land of Ideas, and the cultural institute of Germany, the Goethe-Institut.
Several partners from the German private sector will be organizing the economic program.

Project coordinators:

Federal Republic of Germany — Federal Foreign Office
The Federal Foreign Office is responsible for maintaining relations both with other states and with intergovernmental and supranational organizations.
Apart from its role as formulator of foreign policy, the Foreign Service also sees itself as providing a service for German citizens, the German economy and German cultural life, as well as for parliamentarians and government officials at all levels.
The range of services it offers beyond traditional diplomacy has become a second central field of activity which now accounts for half the ministry’s activities.
The Foreign Ministry is headed by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
He is assisted by two ministers of state and two state secretaries.
Germany is represented in Saudi Arabia at two locations: In addition to the Germany Embassy in Riyadh, headed by Ambassador Boris Ruge, there is a Consulate General in Jeddah, headed by Consul General Annette Klein.
Cultural relations and education policy forms the so-called third pillar of German foreign policy alongside political and economic relations.
The German pavilion at the Janadriyah Festival 2016 is a large project in the field of foreign cultural relations and education policy undertaken by the federal government.

Germany — Land of Ideas
In 2005, the German federal government and the German business sector, represented by the Federation of German Industries (BDI), joined forces to launch a unique project and resolved to jointly promote Germany as a location for business, science, and culture in a comprehensive and integrated way.
As a provider of impetus and a neutral platform, the initiative relies on dialogue with all spheres of German society, successfully linking players from politics, business, science, and society.
In various projects, it identifies and works with relevant future issues in a targeted way, encourages people to participate, and communicates solution approaches to the public across Germany and internationally.
Due to the high potential for involvement and the internal and external communicative impact, large social events play an outstanding role for the Germany — Land of Ideas initiative in its efforts to convey various themes and issues.
‘The Germany — Land of Ideas’ logo is a neutral platform to present the appeal of Germany as an economic and scientific location.
Germany — Land of Ideas is used as an umbrella brand to convey a recognizable image to the public.

Goethe Institute
The globally active German cultural institute promotes German language learning abroad, cultivates international cultural cooperation, and conveys a comprehensive image of Germany.
In times of new global challenges, the work of the Goethe Institute aims at fostering a deeper understanding between different cultures and at boosting Germany’s reputation in the world.

Five historic mosques to be restored in Asir province

The historic mosques will be restored and renovated so that they can receive worshipers again. (SPA)
Updated 17 November 2018

Five historic mosques to be restored in Asir province

  • Abdullah bin Ali Al-Asmari, a 100-year-old resident, said that he had served and supervised the mosque’s services 40 years ago and ascertained that according to some books, the mosque was built 400 years ago

JEDDAH: Five mosques in Asir have been added to the first phase of a SR50 million ($13 million) project to restore historic places of worship in the Kingdom.
The mosques have been added to the “Mohammed bin Salman project for Developing Historical Mosques” project, which includes 30 historic mosques in 10 of the Kingdom’s regions.
The historic Asir mosques will be restored and renovated so that they can receive worshippers again.
They have been abandoned in recent years as worshippers became used to visiting modern mosques in the light of urban development in the Kingdom. Some older mosques have been neglected and destroyed despite their historical value.
The historic Al-Mudfat in Abha is one of the mosques included on the list of buildings to be restored. Abdullah bin Ali Al-Asmari, a 100-year-old resident, said that he had served and supervised the mosque’s services 40 years ago and ascertained that according to some books, the mosque was built 400 years ago.
Al-Asmari said that the mosque consisted of a musalla that was six meters wide and 20 meters long, standing on five pillars of juniper trees; 92 branches of juniper trees were used to cover the ceilings.
The musalla has an entrance on the southern side, and an outdoor guest room with an old minaret where the muezzin stands. The lake was removed during previous restoration works and replaced by a modern water tank, he said.
Saudi resident Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Asmari said that the mosque is characterized by the ablution spaces, like the rest of the area’s historic mosques.
The second mosque to be renovated is the archaeological Sadreid Mosque in the north of Al-Namas governorate. The mosque’s features are very similar to those of the rest of the mosques in the area, but it is characterized by historic inscriptions. Saudi resident Mansoor bin Saad Al-Aajlan said that these inscriptions show that it is one of the oldest mosques in the Arabian Peninsula, built in 728, according to credible historical sources.
The Al-Sarou is the third mosque that will be renovated in Asir. Residents said that the history of the mosque remains unknown but that it is very old.
The Aaqisa Mosque in the old village of Asir is also on the list. This mosque is situated near an old fortress and houses and is considered to be very old, according to information from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
The mosque occupies an area of 72 square meters with an outdoor space and a lake for ablution.
Al-Nusb Historic Mosque, the fifth on the list, is situated in the center of Abha city.
A local resident, Bandar bin Abdullah Al-Moufarreh, said that the mosque was built in 1744 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Moufarreh and later restored in 1841 by his grandson Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Moufarreh, and again in 1897 by Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Moufarreh.