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

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.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.