Saudis prepare for Rejal Al-Teeb festival to celebrate Asir region’s rich heritage

The Rejal Al-Teeb village in Asir Province. (SPA/File)
Updated 22 July 2019

Saudis prepare for Rejal Al-Teeb festival to celebrate Asir region’s rich heritage

  • The Ministry of Culture is organizing this festival to develop heritage and cultural sites and turn them into international tourism destinations

JEDDAH: The Rejal Al-Teeb festival, which will run for 20 days from Aug. 12-31 in the village of Rijal Almaa, explores the southern region’s heritage and culture. The festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture as part of Al-Soudah Season, which hopes to turn it into a global tourist destination.

The visitors can go on a tour around the village’s 60 stone and mud buildings, its streets and its squares to discover the village’s rich culture through different activities, including “the Heritage Market,” folklore and live shows, traditional food and arts and poetry evenings. Visitors can also enjoy the flower garden, Basil Café, perfumes shop and fresh flowers, objects and designs.

The festival offers a live show that presents the history of Rejal Al-Teeb in pictures and shows how the flower necklaces the locals wear are made. The visitors will have the opportunity to make their own necklaces with the help of Asiri women.

Flowers necklaces are a cultural symbol that carries a social connotation for the Asiri people. 

However, these necklaces vary according to the occasion, as the visitors will learn as they are entertained by their cultural history. The heritage market is one of the main events of the festival. It involves heritage activities that reflect Asir culture, and it offers visitors the chance to enjoy the richness of its beauty and civilization.

HIGHLIGHT

• The festival offers a live show that presents the history of Rejal Al-Teeb in pictures and shows how the flower necklaces the locals wear are made.

Among other activities, the market will present building with stones, sewing, making daggers, textiles, painting and sculpture activities. The festival includes poetry evenings and local, national and international folklore performances, and offers craft workshops that display traditional skills.

Thirty buses will drive visitors between Al-Soudah Park and Rijal Almaa village. Al-Soudah Season office is coordinating with the universities and local social clubs to recruit the festival’s staff and train them to be ready to receive visitors from all around the world.

The festival aims at making Rijal Almaa the main tourist destination in the southern region, given its more than 900 years of history as a significant trade hub.

The Ministry of Culture is organizing this festival to develop heritage and cultural sites and turn them into international tourism destinations.


Saudi investment chiefs host students from one of world’s top business schools

Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi investment chiefs host students from one of world’s top business schools

  • The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) hosted business major students from Harvard Business School (HBS) for a conference held at the capital’s King Abdullah Financial District

Riyadh: Saudi mega projects and regional and global investment opportunities were outlined to students from one of the world’s top business schools at a seminar in Riyadh.

The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) hosted business major students from Harvard Business School (HBS) for a conference held at the capital’s King Abdullah Financial District.

As well as being introduced to the PIF, the visitors were briefed about ongoing mega projects, along with potential future investment plans both locally and throughout the world.

During their Saudi trip, some of the students took the chance to see for themselves evidence of the reforms taking place in the Kingdom by visiting Riyadh, Jeddah, and AlUla and exploring the Red Sea coast by car.

The PIF hosted the students as part of its aim of providing exposure to the broadest possible portfolio of businesses and careers while striving to be an employer of choice for top talents domestically and globally.

The fund continues to focus its commitment and dedication in providing a learning culture that promotes partnerships and training with world-class learning institutions, by actively incentivizing professional development and certifications.

HBS is an example of PIF efforts to build relationships with highly recognized learning organizations, and links in with its prestigious graduate development program to attract and develop top Saudi talent.

The study/work development program is delivered in partnership with some of the world’s top educational institutions, offering only 80 seats per application cycle. In 2019, only a fraction of the 12,000 applicants were accepted, and the PIF has attracted several Saudi HBS graduates as part of its human capital.

It is hoped that the visit to Saudi Arabia will encourage some of the HBS students to carry out their own research on the Kingdom to benefit sectors and resources such as the geology of Saudi deserts, Red Sea oceanography, and the sociology of its citizens.

By getting a close-up insight into the Kingdom it is also envisaged that students will return to the country as tourists, investors or for employment.