Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz opened the 22nd Jenadriyah National Festival for Heritage and Culture today. Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Al-Khalifah also attended the event.
After recitations from the Holy Qur’an, the festival kicked off with a traditional camel race.
The weeklong event showcases Saudi Arabia’s rich cultural heritage with exhibits including traditional arts and crafts, poetry, singing and dancing. It is organized each year by the National Guard.
This year’s festival includes competitions on memorizing and reciting the Holy Qur’an, a book fair, a fine arts exhibit, lectures on various cultural and religious topics, plays, and night poetry sessions.
Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman each have a pavilion at this year’s festival.