Saudi Crown Prince Camel Cup to be launched in the southwestern city of Taif

Under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian Camels Federation announced the launch of the Crown Prince Camel Festival from Aug. 11 to Sept. 2 in Taif.
Updated 27 June 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Camel Cup to be launched in the southwestern city of Taif

JEDDAH: Under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian Camels Federation announced the launch of the Crown Prince Camel Festival from Aug. 11 to Sept. 2 in Taif, southwestern Saudi Arabia.
Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the board of directors of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority (GSA), thanked the crown prince for his patronage as part of the leadership’s interests in the state’s different sectors. These interests seek to achieve the success of local and international events through the support of programs, championships and events.
Local and international camel owners will be competing for prizes of a total of SR45 million ($11,998,800).
Prince Fahd bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaed, president of the Saudi Arabian Camels Federation and president of the organizing committee of the Crown Prince Festival, said that the festival will be held in Taif, given the historic importance of the Taif field and its good weather conditions during summer.
Other events for families will accompany the festival, aiming to attract an audience in general and camel sports fans in particular.
Prince Fahd said that special preparations had already started, given the importance of the event that carries the crown prince’s name and the ambitions of camel owners and fans internationally.
He urged all participants to commit to the regulations and conditions of the committee.
The Crown Prince Camel Cup aims to highlight the camel heritage and promote it within the Saudi, Arab and Islamic culture.
It also aims to generate economic revenues through organizing a diverse sport, economic and cultural festival that promotes participation, entrenches legacy, spreads nationalism and reflects the heritage depth of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian Camels Federation will announce the full program on Saturday.


Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.