New-look Saudi festival to coincide with 2020 G20 summit

Janadriyah festival will be held in November next year to coincide with G20 summit in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
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Updated 01 January 2020

New-look Saudi festival to coincide with 2020 G20 summit

  • Janadriyah festival would provide the opportunity for visitors from around the world

RIYADH: One of Saudi Arabia’s most popular cultural festivals will be held in November next year to coincide with the Kingdom’s hosting of the G20 summit in Riyadh.

The Saudi Ministry of Culture announced the date for the new launch of the national Janadriyah festival after taking over supervision of the event from the Ministry of National Guard last July.

Preparations for the festival are already underway and Ministry of Culture spokesman, Abdulkarim Al-Humaid, said a strong program of activities was being lined up to highlight the Kingdom’s rich national heritage.

With the 2020 G20 summit of global leaders taking place in the Saudi capital on Nov. 21 and 22, the Janadriyah festival would provide the opportunity for visitors from around the world to sample some of the country’s cultural traditions, added Al-Humaid.

He said the ministry had started organizing a series of meetings and workshops with experts and intellectuals to discuss ways of developing the festival and enriching it with cultural content that kept pace with the ambitions of the Vision 2030 reform plan.

The National Guard ministry had run 34 sessions of the festival since its inauguration in 1985, and the event has gained international recognition with visits from world leaders, senior officials and intellectuals.


24-hour curfew in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities

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24-hour curfew in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities

  • 15 govt bodies work together to repatriate Saudis abroad
  • The 24-hour curfew will be applied for the first time in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia placed its capital Riyadh and other major cities under a 24-hour curfew on Monday.

The new curfew applies to the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Hofuf, and the provinces of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Alkhobar, a statement from the Interior Ministry said.
Entry to or exit from those areas will not be allowed, except for vital workers. Residents are allowed to leave their homes for medical or food needs inside their residential area and between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. only.
Fifteen government agencies are coordinating to facilitate the repatriation of Saudi citizens from abroad amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus. During the daily press briefing, Health Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, said that his ministry was cooperating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its repatriation operations.
In the Kingdom, the total number of confirmed cases is 2,605 with 203 new cases recorded on Sunday. He said that 551 patients have recovered and 2,016 are still being treated. The number of deaths in the Kingdom stands at 38.
Al-Aly said that updates about COVID-19 in the Kingdom with details of its geographical spread can be found at covid19.moh.gov.sa.
Tourism Ministry spokesman Anas Al-Sulai said: “The Ministry of Tourism has provided over 11,000 hotel rooms to accommodate Saudis returning from abroad, as they will be isolated to ensure their safety,” Al-Sulai said. The operation includes eight electronic services and the involvement of 15 government bodies that are working 24 hours to ensure the completion of the operation safely.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Naif Al-Otaibi, said that 22,000 environmental sanitation devices and 15,000 cadres are being used to sanitize and control areas.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the General Directorate of Passports called on all citizens and residents to activate the feature to receive notifications for its services available through the “Absher” application for electronic services on smartphones.
By doing so, users will be able to receive information about the status of their official documents and the dates of their expiry.