Rababah ... the Bedouins’ violin hits the right notes with visitors at Saudi National Camel Festival

The rebab is a musical instrument consisting of a rectangular wood plank with leather, strings from a horse’s tail, and an ark.
Updated 07 January 2018
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Rababah ... the Bedouins’ violin hits the right notes with visitors at Saudi National Camel Festival

JEDDAH: The famous rebab player Obeid bin Ayesh Al-Rusheidi said the second season of King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival is very different than the first one. He indicated that new events added to the festival and the developmental work show how much the festival has changed.

The rebab is a musical instrument consisting of a rectangular wood plank with leather, strings from a horse’s tail, and an ark. The instrument allows the player to perform all kinds of songs and music, said Al-Rusheidi.

He said that he will take part in the festival at the Taalil tent, and important poets and storytellers are performing there, enriching the cultural atmosphere through stories about our ancestors. He added that the rebab still impresses the succeeding generations, for it is deeply connected to their heritage and thus, they feel the need to protect and develop it.

Al-Rusheidi said that the rebab’s presence in public and private events, including the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival reflects its great importance and value. The rebab will always remain special and contemporary, he said.

He has played the rebab at the biggest local festivals, such as the Janadriyah Festival, and in international events as well. He played the rebab at the World Cup 1994, the Philippines, Bejing, Egypt, Lausanne, and the Gulf countries.

Al-Rusheidi said that rising rebab artists are presenting great performances that deserve to be promoted and attended.

He also noted that the performance of rebab is connected to the poem and its music, adding that most of the poems he performs belong to others — Abdullah bin Aoun, Lafi Al-Ghidani, Khalaf Al-Khass, Mohammed Al-Khass, Zeid Al-Adila, Rashid Al-Zulami and others.


Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

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Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s National Day is in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.