Saudi camel festival spokesman explains new guidelines

The third King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival organized by the country’s Camel Club will run until March 20. (SPA)
Updated 14 February 2019

Saudi camel festival spokesman explains new guidelines

  • The third King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival organized by the country’s Camel Club will run until March 20
  • The new system includes a punishment aimed at curbing violations of harming camels

JEDDAH: The Saudi Camel Club announced a new system for camels participating at the King Abdel Aziz Festival as well as field entry, and its evaluation by arbitration committees at a Sunday press conference.

The third King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival organized by the country’s Camel Club will run until March 20.

Camel Club member and official spokesman for the festival, Fawzan bin Hamad Al-Mady explained that the new system includes a punishment aimed at curbing violations of harming camels, an animal that is an integral part of the Arab world’s heritage.

He stressed that establishing a Camel Club was intended for serving camel owners and conducting such competitions in a manner that suits them.

“The goal is not to search for mistakes, but to stop abuses committed by some owners. There must be a system and sanctions in place to stop these abuses,” Al-Mady explained.

Al-Mady also presented the numbers of abuses that have been revealed over the past days, pointing out that a press conference will be held after the competition of each category to clarify the committees’ findings.


ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

Updated 07 December 2019

ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

The Saudi marketplace Souk Al-Majlis, or the Divan Heritage Souk, is part of the old town of Al-Maznab and lies 7 kilometers from the urban center of the city in Al-Derah district.

Al-Maznab township itself is located  in southeastern Qassim province and covers an area of about 2 square kilometers.

It contains more than 380 houses of various sizes, while the old Divan Heritage Souk and the Masque of Bahla Palace form the starting point for the district and its main center.

The souk is popular with visitors and locals and hosts summer events, auctions and folklore presentations among other similar activities.