Arabian horse beauty contest comes to Saudi Arabia's Souq Okaz festival

Horses ready to take part in the beauty contest in Souq Okaz.
Updated 05 July 2018

Arabian horse beauty contest comes to Saudi Arabia's Souq Okaz festival

  • This contest aims to encourage competition in this Arab sport
  • This is the seventh contest of the season, in addition to five other championships that won’t be held in Souq Okaz

King Abdulaziz Arabian Horses Center (KAAHC) is to hold the Souq Okaz Arabian Horse Beauty Championship on Thursday as part of its participation in the 12th Souq Okaz festival.

Turki Al-Khalty, director of public relations and head of horse beauty contests at KAAHC, said the three-day contest, which is to be held in the Souq Okaz horse racing track between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., consists of 19 rounds with 148 participating horses that belong to Saudi owners.

“This contest aims to encourage competition in this Arab sport,” he added.

He stressed that the KAAHC was keen to feature beautiful Arabian horses at Souq Okaz for the first time since they are an important part of the history of Islam.

He explained that the contest is for C-category horses, which are considered beginners, and is overseen and rated by the European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations.

“This is the seventh contest of the season, in addition to five other championships that won’t be held in Souq Okaz,” he said, pointing out that arbitration is carried out by a panel of judges from different European countries.

Al-Khalty highlighted that the contest’s course goes through the first and third qualifiers of each round until the final day when the winning foal and mare/horse are announced.

Arbitration is based on five basic criteria: The head and neck, the back, the legs, the horse’s movement, and the breed. Additional observations include the beauty of a horse’s skeletal build.

The horse should also have a strong, straight back, a curved, long neck, a relatively straight muzzle, small and erect ears that are close to each other, wide black eyes, a broad convex forehead that narrows and concaves when it reaches the horse’s nose, and wide nostrils.


Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development reports launch of 20 initiatives

Updated 28 February 2020

Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development reports launch of 20 initiatives

  • Al-Rajhi also announced that the ministry has signed agreements and launched several initiatives to nationalize 595,000 jobs by the end of 202

RIYADH: The Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi said on Thursday that the ministry has recently launched 20 new initiatives based on recommendations from entrepreneurs to help develop the Saudi labor market. Al-Rajhi was speaking at a workshop aimed at supporting private sector facilities in Saudi Arabia.

“The ministry, in cooperation with relevant authorities, launched 68 initiatives last year aiming to develop and nationalize the business sector in the Saudi labor market and address related challenges,” he said in his opening speech. “The ministry has achieved everything that was agreed on in meetings and workshops held with businessmen, and the aim of (today’s) meeting is to follow up on the sector’s needs to help develop new initiatives.”

He added that the ministry is working on measuring the impact of the 20 most-recent initiatives on the development of the Saudi labor market, explaining that they were designed to “expand the development of the private sector through automation, enable employees of the private sector to develop incentives and rehabilitation programs, and improve the organization of the labor market by implementing relevant legislation.”

Al-Rajhi also announced that the ministry has signed agreements and launched several initiatives to nationalize 595,000 jobs by the end of 2020. To date, he said, those initiatives have resulted in more than 323,000 Saudis joining the labor market, adding that the ministry is working on nationalizing engineering and health soon.

He finished by saying that the ministry will continue to assist in developing the business sector and increasing Saudis’ participation in economic and national development, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.