Saudi Arabia’s Janadriyah festival spreads culture and smiles

The 18-day festival, organized by the Ministry of National Guard, is part of a major initiativeto generate awareness of Saudi history and heritage. (SPA)
Updated 11 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Janadriyah festival spreads culture and smiles

RIYADH: Janadriyah, the annual national heritage and culture festival named after the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, is busy encouraging people to uphold values and heritage as well as enhance cultural exchange.

The festival offers a balanced view and a flashback to Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage.
The festival attracts a remarkable turnout of local and expatriate visitors, as well as visitors from outside the Kingdom.
It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the first five days, from Feb. 7 to 11, are reserved for male visitors only. Women and families will be allowed to visit from Feb. 12 to 24.

Al-Shananah Tower attracts visitors to Qasim’s pavilion
The historic Al-Shananah Tower at Qasim’s pavilion has attracted many visitors who were also introduced to Qasim’s heritage.
The facilities of the pavilion also include areas for crafts, camel riding, a traditional cafe, games, heritage cars, Qasim hospitality, and a wall mural titled “A Homeland’s Vision.”
Al-Shananah Tower, also known as Al-Shananah Observatory, is an archaeological landmark in the ancient town of Al-Shananah in Qassim province.
The tower was built of clay and hay in the early 12th century Hijri for monitoring purposes.
On each of the tower’s ten floors, there is an opening to let air in and for monitoring the surroundings. The tower’s floors are decorated outside and inside with ancient inscriptions.
The ceilings of each floor are supported by wood and palm leaves.

Tabuk pavilion features province’s crafts and heritage
The Tabuk pavilion has attracted visitors interested in learning more about the province’s heritage, history, and archaeological sites that have made it an important tourist destination.
Forty-five people introduced the handicrafts featured at the Tabuk pavilion, including fishing nets and rattles, water telescopes, and ropes. Participants also educated visitors on Tabuk’s ancient architecture, as well as sailing ships and how they are made, carpentry of ancient doors and windows, and sail making.

Heritage village reflects province’s history and civilization
Jazan’s heritage village captures Jazan’s present and past in one place.
Visitors are met with Al-Baitul Jabali, with its solid architecture specially designed to suit the mountain’s environment and overcome natural erosion.
The simplicity and elegance of the Tihami lifestyle are visible in Al-Baitul Tihami, the traditional conic hut known as Al-Ousha Attiniya (the mud nest), while Al-Baitul Farasani embodies the marine environment of Farasan Island with its sea, pearls, and shells.
The cultural center in Jazan’s heritage village captures the region’s booming development and highlights the most recent cultural achievements in Jazan.

MWL wing highlights league’s role in the Islamic world
The Muslim World League (MWL) at Janadriyah received many visitors who toured the wing which introduces the efforts of the MWL and its pioneering role in spreading moderation as the foundation of the message of Islam.
Visitors to the wing were briefed on the international conferences sponsored by the MWL in various countries of the world.
The MWL will hold its first seminar this month, which will be attended by more than 1,000 followers of various religions.


Saudi airports welcome back passengers after two-month hiatus

Updated 21 min 4 sec ago

Saudi airports welcome back passengers after two-month hiatus

  • Social distancing and face masks required in aircraft
  • Two local flights to be added daily to restore capacity 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is welcoming the return of aircraft and passengers amid strict precautionary measures to counter the spread of coronavirus.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) on Sunday opened 11 of the Kingdom’s 28 airports in a step toward restoring normality to everyday activities.
All flights and means of travel between Saudi cities ground to a halt on March 21.
“The progressive and gradual reopening aims at controlling the crowd inside airports because we want to achieve the highest health efficiency,” GACA spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News.
He said that two local flights would be added daily until all routes returned to their normal capacity, during which time GACA would increase the capacity of aircrafts as decided by relevant committees. 
GACA has issued a travel guide for passengers, detailing what steps have been taken by authorities to ensure public health and safety and what obligations are on passengers. 
A decision about the return of international flights was up to authorities, he said. 
“I call on all travelers, both Saudis and residents, to read this guide and to look at the information and details in it because the travel decision depends on it,” the spokesman added.
Passengers found to violate any of the terms and conditions will not be allowed to complete the check-in process as per the new travel procedures.
The new terms include the use of e-tickets and passengers will not be allowed to enter airport premises without one. Purchasing tickets inside airport grounds is currently not an option because booking services for airline sales are currently closed.
Wearing a face mask is a prerequisite for airport access and any individual who fails to wear a face mask will be denied entry to the airport.
Passengers under the age of 15 will not be allowed to travel unaccompanied.
The Ministry of Health has set up temperature checkpoints inside the airport and passengers recording a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher will be denied entry in order to ensure their safety and the safety of other passengers.
Social distancing inside the airport has been adopted at entrances, exits, at seating areas and bridges leading to airplanes.
There will be social distancing on the aircraft, with an empty seat between each passenger, according to recommendations from the Ministry of Health, which stipulated that there must be social distancing.
“We want to make airports a safe environment to achieve a safe flight. There is another important issue, which is a well-known social tradition. There are many people at the airport who come to say goodbye to their loved ones or receive them. We will not allow the presence of people who do not have tickets in the airports, in order to ensure the safety of passengers,” said the GACA spokesman.
He said that passenger cooperation and compliance played a key role in the successful restart of flights.
“We rely on citizens and passengers, locals and residents alike, to help us implement preventive measures and to comply with the health rules recommended by the Ministry of Health.”