Janadriyah festival attracts thousands of local, foreign visitors

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Visitors at the the annual Janadriyah national heritage and culture festival. (SPA)
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Dancers at the Janadriyah festival. (SPA)
Updated 23 February 2018

Janadriyah festival attracts thousands of local, foreign visitors

RIYADH: Janadriyah, the annual national heritage and culture festival named after the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh, is busy celebrating the Saudi lifestyle as well as symbols of its identity, unity and integrity. The festival also offers a balanced view and a flashback to Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage.
India is the guest of honor country this year. The annual heritage festival, which runs for 18 days, will conclude on Feb. 24.
Every year the festival attracts a remarkable turnout of local and expatriate visitors, including school children and families, as well as visitors from outside the Kingdom.
This year the festival has launched a free application for smartphones, called “Janadriyah,” to guide visitors around the event and keep them updated on entertainment and cultural programs.
Nazaha participates in Janadriyah festival
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) is partaking in the 32nd Janadriyah National Heritage and Culture Festival for the sixth consecutive year.
Specialists in integrity protection and anti-corruption programs, as well as in public relations and media, are present at Nazaha’s pavilion to answer visitors’ inquiries and receive their feedback.
Through its participation, Nazaha aims to introduce the public to efforts exerted to combat corruption in the Kingdom.
The pavilion features signboards about programs, initiatives, events, studies, workshops, conferences and research implemented by Nazaha regarding integrity protection and fighting corruption.
The pavilion also contains screens with videos games, and a drawing workshop with coloring books for children.
Big turnout for UAE pavilion
The UAE pavilion at the festival is impressing visitors with 45 different cultural events and folk shows reflecting the history of the Emirates.
The pavilion has seen a big turnout by visitors, who are received with drums and folk songs. Visitors are invited to take part in folk dances to learn more about Emirati cultural and musical heritage dating back hundreds of years.
The pavilion also features a collection of UAE cultural films that shed light on special elements of the country such as traditional architecture. Generous Arab hospitality is represented in a corner that offers Emirati-made coffee as well as live shows depicting how it was made.
The popular souk at the UAE pavilion, which offers Emirati-made products, is introducing a new generation to the material heritage and culture of UAE’s different towns and environments. The souk celebrates the rich and diversified heritage of the people and its rich and ancient roots.
Three photographic exhibitions portray important historical events.
The first one focuses on the traditionally strong Saudi-Emirati relations. The second exhibition is a collection of cultural photographs of UAE’s renaissance under the rule of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. The third exhibition is about tourism, with images of the best sites for visitors to experience the UAE.
The pavilion is made entirely of traditional natural heritage materials, featuring mud architecture for 80 percent of the design, over an area of 6,500 square meters. The design aims to embody UAE’s authentic heritage and its close connection with the local environment, and the country’s commitment to sustainability, including heritage items and traditional arts.


DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

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DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.