Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz opened the 21st annual National Culture and Heritage Festival at Jenadriyah today, with Saudi and foreign dignitaries in attendance.
In a keynote address, Assistant Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Military Affairs Prince Gen. Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz remarked that King Abdullah conceived the idea for the festival 20 years ago, and that it has become one of the most popular cultural events in the Arab world.
The week-long festival, organized each year by the National Guard, showcases Saudi Arabia’s rich cultural heritage with exhibits including traditional arts and crafts, poetry, singing and dancing, as well as the traditional camel race.
Other programs this year include an opera presented by Saudi singers, 22 dramas, poetry evenings, a book show, art exhibitions, and a Qur’an recitation contest, the Arab News reported today.
The festival also offers seminars on relevant issues. This year, the main seminar will be on “Unity of Arab and Islamic Ummah: A Future Vision,” the Arab News reported. Participants include Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Dr Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijeri, secretary-general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and Dr Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL). A second seminar will address
“Charitable Work: A Futuristic Vision.”