Salman Wednesday patronized the opening ceremony of the 31st session of the
Janadriya Festival, the national event for heritage and culture named to
celebrate Saudi identity.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber
Al-Sabah and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa were received upon arrival
by Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar.
were also greeted by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, minister of the National Guard,
and Abdul Mohsen Al-Tuwaijri, deputy minister of the National Guard and deputy
chairman of the festival's supreme committee.
first session of the grand camel race began in the presence of King Salman and
Salman honored three prominent Saudi figures: Ahmed bin Mohammed Ali,
Abdulrahman Al-Shibaili and Safiyyah bint Said bin Zaqr. They were conferred
with the Order of King Abdulaziz, first class.
are lined up for citizens and expatriates over the next 17 days.
Miteb, who also serves as chairman of the Supreme Committee of the festival,
welcomed the King and other VIP guests. He said Janadriya reflects the
development witnessed by the Kingdom thanks to efforts of its sons, ideas of
thinkers, heritage of predecessors and wisdom of its leaders.
“On this day, we remember
sacrifices and heroism of our fathers and grandfathers, as recorded by days and
nights, we recall their march when they carried the banner of victory and glory
in the way of unity and unification with their leader and founder late King
Abdulaziz with whom they worked hard in order to solidify the pillars of the
nation,” said Prince Miteb.
added that they feel proud of the national festival for the goals achieved in
more than three decades and that it symbolizes the national cohesion. He also
pointed to the unifying ranks where the festival represents all areas of the
Kingdom and allows generations to know their past, the history of homeland, its
culture and heritage.
the staff of the National Guard were honored to have the King among them in the
festival who, since its inception, has been a key supporter to its functions as
the festival is considered a civilized national project which contributes to
linking Saudi man to his lands and heritage.
welcomed Egypt as guest of honor country for this edition, which, he said, is
the land of civilization, arts, culture and knowledge.
welcomed all guests and congratulated the cultural figures whom were honored
and granted the Order of King Abdulaziz, first class, by the King in
recognition of their excellence in the area of knowledge and creativity.
Minister of Culture Dr. Hilmi Al-Nimnim expressed pleasure over the
participation as guest of honor.
“We are in a festival
developing year after year and celebrating cultural, creative and heritage
aspects of the Kingdom, the GCC countries and Arab countries,” he said.
end of camel race, King Salman, the Kuwaiti Emir and the Bahraini King
delivered prizes to winners who occupied the first five ranks.
festival receives hundreds of foreign thinkers and writers to meet their Saudi
counterparts and enrich the cultural and literary arenas with their products
through the programs in the festival.
are pavilions of provinces to showcase their heritage and crafts, authentic
food, popular heritage reflecting traditions and customs of each region. The
pavilion by government institutions displays their achievements through
pictographs, models and collectibles. A pavilion by private companies displays
their achievements, progress and development and offering job opportunities.
the fine arts gallery at the festival include features of a number of artists
in the Kingdom. The festival also features the handicraft market, which showcases
crafts to highlight the quality, workmanship and heritage of each region.
King also received Gen. Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, deputy prime minister and
minister of Interior of the United Arab Emirates; Sheikh Jasim bin Hamad
Al-Thani, representative of Qatari Emir Asaad bin Tareq Al-Saeed, personal
representative of Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of the Sultanate of Oman; Hilmi
Al-Namnam, Egyptian minister of Culture, Ali Hasanov, assistant of the
President of Azerbaijan for Political and Social Affairs and other officials
from a number of friendly countries. -AN