Abqaiq Safari Festival attracts 200,000 visitors

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The 10-day event, showcasing Bedouin life, attracted more than 200,000 visitors. (SPA)
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The 10-day event, showcasing Bedouin life, attracted more than 200,000 visitors. (SPA)
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The 10-day event, showcasing Bedouin life, attracted more than 200,000 visitors. (SPA)
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The 10-day event, showcasing Bedouin life, attracted more than 200,000 visitors. (SPA)
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A horseman shows his skills at the 3rd Safari Festival in Abqaiq. The 10-day event, showcasing Bedouin life, attracted more than 200,000 visitors. (SPA)
Updated 06 January 2019

Abqaiq Safari Festival attracts 200,000 visitors

  • The 10-day festival witnessed exciting events and programs on the themes of desert heritage and Arabian authenticity

JEDDAH: The 3rd Safari Festival in Abqaiq highlighting “the Heritage of the Desert” came to a close on Friday, having attracted more than 200,000 visitors since it opened on Dec. 26 last year.
The events were organized on the Riyadh-Dammam highway by the tourism commission in collaboration with the municipalities of Abqaiq, Ain Dar and Goff Bani Hajjer.
Mohammed Al-Mothami, chairman of the provincial tourism commission, said that the 10-day festival witnessed exciting events and programs on the themes of desert heritage and Arabian authenticity. He commended participants for the success of the festival and showcasing Bedouin life in the past.
Fares Al-Oraij, deputy chairman of the provincial tourism commission, said that the work on developing the festival started four months earlier to maintain aspects of Bedouin heritage.
He added that fields and theaters were prepared for camel shows and horsemen, as well as wildlife reserves.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.