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February - Jenadriyah National Festival, Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA | Saturday, 17 January 2009 | Views [3976] | Comments [1]

Location: Al Jenadriyah, Saudi Arabia

Dates: Late February or early March

Level of Participation: 2 – it’s mostly spectator only, but you can witness a great number of cultural activities


Held at a special site 45km northeast of central Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s major cultural event promotes and fosters traditional cultures and crafts. The festival opens with an epic camel race that sees up to 2000 participants sprinting across a 19km track, and then settles into a less frenetic pace. The programme features traditional songs, dances and poetry competitions, as well as demonstrations of falconry and exhibitions of traditional crafts from around the kingdom. It’s a very colourful event and presents your best chance of seeing one of the more than 50 folkloric dance and music groups in Saudi Arabia.

Essentials: Your greatest difficulty will be gaining entry to Saudi Arabia, the world’s last great forbidden kingdom. Saudi authorities have started tentatively to issue tourist visas, but only for those willing to travel as part of a group (minimum four people) organised by a recognised tour company.

Local Attractions: You will almost certainly be staying in Riyadh, where you should check out the National Museum, one of the best museums in the Middle East; and the city’s newest landmark, the Kingdom Tower, a stunning piece of modern architecture known as the ‘necklace’ for its unusual apex.

More Info: A list of approved Saudi tour companies that can arrange visas can be found at www.saudiairlines.com/tours/discoversaudiarabia.jsp.

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  ARTHUR Jan 12, 2012 12:26 PM

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