Janadriya Festival Kicks Off with Colorful Start
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, yesterday inaugurated the National Heritage and Culture Festival at Janadriya village, 45 km north of Riyadh. In the first time of the Janadriya 25 year history, it has opened its doors to families, including women.
The festival started with a camel race in which about 500 contestants took part in which King Abdullah handed prizes to the winners of the first round of the event.
Russia, a close ally of the Kingdom, is participating in festival as a guest of honor. Representing Russia was Aleksandr Alekseyevich Avdeydev, minister of culture along with his delegation.
The inaugural session was attended by King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and a number high-ranking Saudi officials and foreign diplomats.
“The festival mirrors the glory of our past culture and heritage. Thanks to the keenness and support of King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan, it has become an international cultural event,” said Prince Miteb assistant commander of the National Guard for Military Affairs and vice chairman of the festival’s Supreme Committee.
King Abdullah will attend the annual equestrian event at Janadriya tomorrow.Filed under Saudi Royals
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