Saudi women have a central role in building the nation, Janadriyah festival shows

People flocked to the many attractions, including traditional camel races, cultural programs, workshops, poetry sessions and exhibitions with pavilions representing provinces in the Kingdom as well as national and international organizations. (SPA)
Updated 18 February 2018

Saudi women have a central role in building the nation, Janadriyah festival shows

RIYADH: Princess Abir Al-Mandeel, wife of the governor of Qassim region, visited the Janadriyah festival, touring the various pavilions that display art items and showcase the talents of Saudi women.
The participation of women in this 32nd national festival for heritage and culture is part of the women-friendly initiatives rolled out by King Salman. These have helped females to expand their participation in public life, which is a core component of the Saudi government’s Vision 2030.
This participation contributes also to rooting the national heritage and handicrafts, strengthening national identity, and promoting an entrepreneurial culture.

Diplomats express admiration for rich heritage
A group of ambassadors representing official diplomatic delegations in the Kingdom has visited the festival, SPA reported.
This visit was part of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiative in which diplomatic bodies were invited to visit the Janadriyah village with their families.
The diplomats were introduced to pavilions representing the Kingdom’s provinces, the government sector, and civil institutions, and they enjoyed traditional dishes, folkloric shows, and demonstrations of the country’s heritage.
At the pavilion of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the diplomats were introduced to the Kingdom’s most important tourist attractions, and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pavilion, they saw documentary exhibits.
At the end of their tour, the diplomats expressed their admiration for the rich heritage they’d seen.

People flock to see Foreign Ministry’s achievements
One of the most popular attractions at the festival is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pavilion which introduces visitors to the ministry’s achievements on the international political scene.
It also features exhibits of the late Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the former foreign minister, who was posthumously awarded the Order of Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, First Class, along with other dignitaries.
The pavilion also displays the first political passport of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.
In addition, there are many archival photos of internal and external receptions inside and outside the Kingdom, and ancient documents, conventions and treaties concluded by the Kingdom with other countries.

Rich museum of antiques, weapons and tools
The King Abdul Aziz Hall in the heart of Janadriyah houses several pavilions capturing Saudi Arabia’s architectural heritage, wildlife, desert plants, and historical everyday tools such as farming equipment and women’s beauty sets.
Nasser Hajjaj Al-Atwi, a participant from Tabuk, said the hall displayed more than 5,000 ancient items and tools including pots, historical currencies, hunting tools, ancient weapons, and early editions of newspapers more than 90 years old.
The museum also displayed the oldest coin currency used in Al-Ahsa, which was minted in Kuwait and used for 50 years during the 17th and 18th centuries across the Arabian Peninsula.
Al-Atwi said the museum displayed a working compass made in 1885, a few ancient Roman locks, and Ottoman weapons.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

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Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.