Saudi cultural buzz brought to Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif

The Saudi culture authority seeks to provide myriad cultural activities suitable for all segments of society. (SPA)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Saudi cultural buzz brought to Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif

  • The program includes an exhibition of visual arts, Arabic calligraphy, live theater performances

The General Culture Authority has announced its participation in the exhibition accompanying the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif, through a variety of programs and cultural events.

The program includes an exhibition of visual arts, Arabic calligraphy, live theater performances, as well as workshops to provide opportunities for Saudi artists to highlight their talents and inspire the young generation to develop their creative skills.

The authority seeks to provide myriad cultural activities suitable for all segments of society as part of its plans to enhance the local cultural movement to achieve Vision 2030 and provide an innovative environment that paves the way for raising a generation distinguished in culture, arts and literature. 


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.