Swords and daggers on display wow visitors at Souk Okaz

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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
Updated 28 August 2019

Swords and daggers on display wow visitors at Souk Okaz

  • Prices vary according to the level of manufacturing, with modern weapons featuring elaborate designs and inlays featuring rare and expensive materials, and often being made to order

TAIF: Souk Okaz, this year part of Taif Season, features more than 10 shops showcasing traditional swords and daggers, giving visitors more information about these famous historic weapons and how they are made. Formerly instruments of war, in modern times swords and daggers are used in popular games, traditional displays, and on special occasions such as wedding ceremonies as a source of pride.
Weapon makers regularly exhibit their craft at festivals and events such as Souk Okaz, where they are a popular attraction.
Descended from primitive implements made from such materials as stone, wood and bone, weapons evolved as civilization advanced and favored metals such as copper, bronze, iron, steel, and featuring gold and silver. Today’s swords and daggers are made by skilled craftsmen who have often inherited the profession from their fathers and grandfathers.
Prices vary according to the level of manufacturing, with modern weapons featuring elaborate designs and inlays featuring rare and expensive materials, and often being made to order.
The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector, with visitors to Saudi Arabia considering it one of the country’s most important handicrafts, and it is an important economic contributor to the Kingdom.


Feminism not criminalized in Saudi Arabia, says Presidency of State Security

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Feminism not criminalized in Saudi Arabia, says Presidency of State Security

RIYADH: The Presidency of State Security has issued a clarification concerning the "extremism concept" promotional video which was broadcast by the General Department for Counter-Extremism.
In a statement, the presidency said that the video's content was inaccurate and contained many mistakes in defining extremism.
It was noted that the person who prepared and published the video acted wrongly and on his own behalf. According to the official statement, the person was brought in for investigation and steps were taken to deal with the social media in order to ensure that such mistakes were not made again.
The presidency also pointed out the erroneous article published on Nov. 11 in Al-Watan newspaper which said "heavy punishment will be imposed on feminists, including jail time and flogging."
The presidency clarified that the story was untrue, pointing out that it was not a regulatory or judicial body as stipulated by the Statute of Governance and other statutes. The presidency has taken the necessary legal action with the relevant authorities against Al-Watan newspaper regarding the incorrect report it published.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the Saudi Human Rights Commission confirmed that feminism was not criminalized in Saudi Arabia and that the Kingdom accorded the greatest importance to women's rights.
The commission noted the fundamental strides taken for the empowerment of women which have granted them their complete rights.