Saudi Arabia’s cultural costumes come to life on Founding Day

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Moudi Alrubiaan dressed her daughter Abrar Al Twairqi in a white and golden dress inspired by the heritage of Madinah and the western region in general from Taif. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)
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Traditional henna pattern on the hands of women in Boulevard Riyadh City. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)
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Huda Al Ahmari borrowed from her mother an antique silver necklace to wear for this occasion. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)
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Saudis attired in traditional costumes enjoyed the founding day festivities in riyadh, which included art exhibitions and fireworks. (AN photo by Saleh Ghanaim)
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Updated 23 February 2022
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Saudi Arabia’s cultural costumes come to life on Founding Day

  • For foreign visitors who found themselves in Riyadh that evening, the display of traditional Saudi clothing sparked surprise and delight

RIYADH: Putting the golden corded agal (headband) on his head like his grandfather did before him, and placing the brown bisht (cloak) over his shoulders, Turki Abothnain felt proud to be in Boulevard Riyadh City to celebrate the country’s first Founding Day on Tuesday.

“I feel so emotional wearing our traditional clothes because we needed to be reminded where it all started,” he told Arab News. “I am wearing the uniform of the central region and my brother is wearing a uniform called daglah with belts. Daglah is a kind of heavy top that is worn on the white thobe.”

Earlier this month, the Fashion Commission and General Entertainment Authority chairman Turki Al-Sheikh encouraged people to wear traditional Saudi costumes - and represent their regions - for the new national holiday on Feb. 22. 




From the South region, Ali Ati came with his chest decorated with jasmine flowers as Jazan is known for their floral headbands and garland that they wear in weddings and traditional occasions. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)

Lina Al-Hessaini, from Madinah, wore a white dress and a veil from the western region. She said that this style of dress used to be worn in the past on special occasions.

“Our grandmothers used to wear this in weddings and on other occasions like baby showers, and my brother is wearing the Hijazi headband. It’s something that we always wear in Ramadan and Sha’aban months,” she told Arab News.

For foreign visitors who found themselves in Riyadh that evening, the display of traditional Saudi clothing sparked surprise and delight.




Two beautiful girls wearing their Southern traditional costume. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)

Theo and Caren Clainon, from South Africa, expressed the joy they felt at seeing the Founding Day celebrations and outfits.

“Everyone here is so friendly and we love the cultural costumes. Honestly, we wish we knew (because) we would have worn a costume too and we love this initiative because not all countries have this day,” they told Arab News. “We saw a baby with golden bangles. She was so cute and we loved the dotted dresses. The diversity in the costumes - like everybody is celebrating everybody.”




Muataz Mosa Aldawsari was wearing the Najdi traditional costume because it captures the heritage of his parents and grandparents. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)

Muataz Mosa Al-Dawsari was wearing the Najdi (central region) traditional costume because it captured the heritage of his parents and grandparents.

“I chose boulevard to show off my history and to let them see how we used to look,” he told Arab News.

With his braided long black hair and crossed belts on his chest, he commanded the attention of the many people who came to take his picture.

“It is a culture, customs, traditions, principles, and history that we want to teach the next generation,” he said.

Like many other women who went through their mothers' old items to show them off on Founding Day, Huda Al-Ahmari brought along a vintage handbag and southern silverware.




Lina Alhessaini who came from Madinah wore a white dress with a head veil from Alhijaz region and said that this dress was worn as a wedding dress in the past. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)

“This is my mom’s and it was a gift from my father, so this bag has been passed down from generation to generation,” she told Arab News. “It used to go with her everywhere back in the day to carry everything she needed, like her perfume and the traditional Arabic eyeliner and her gold.”

She said that her dress was inspired by her village, from Abha Asir. At that time they only wore silver, as gold was not common in her region.

”Even this antique silver necklace I borrowed from my mother to wear for this occasion,” she added.

Ali Ati came from the southern region with his chest decorated with jasmine flowers, as Jazan is known for the floral headbands and garlands its people wear on weddings and traditional occasions.




Moudi and her siblings came from Aseer to celebrate founding day at the Boulevard wearing their traditional costume. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi and Hanouf Albalawi)

“This outfit is inspired by the Jazan heritage, which is the coastal mountain clothing in Jazan. It is a garment that has been passed down for generations and is still sold in the markets of Jazan. Plus, the jasmine flower is part of this outfit. For example, the bride in Jazan must be adorned with jasmine from her head to toe,” he told Arab News.

“Founding Day is a special day because you see more than one culture in different outfits, ‏and we celebrate our differences. It's an honor to every Saudi.”

Moudi Al-Rubiaan dressed her daughter Abrar Al-Twairqi in a white and golden dress inspired by the heritage of Madinah and Taif.

“Founding Day showed the beauty of women and authentic Arab dress. I feel like I've gone back in time and I'm living in an era I really missed 30 years ago when I was a kid. My children were asking earlier this day if I used to look like this always before and I proudly said yes,” she told Arab News.

With emotion in her voice and tears in her eyes, she said: “I hope we can live like this always and show the next generation our time and how we lived.”

 


KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

Updated 25 May 2024
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KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief  continued its humanitarian projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen.
In Sudan, the agency distributed 950 personal hygiene kits to displaced and needy families in Kosti, benefiting 5,463 individuals. In Wad Sharifi, 330 food parcels were provided to displaced families, benefiting 1,710 individuals. 
Meanwhile in Lebanon, KSrelief continued its implementation of the Al-Amal Charitable Bakery Project in Akkar and Miniyeh. The project distributed 150,000 loaves of bread daily to Syrian and Palestinian refugee families, or about 62,500 individuals.
In Yemen, 897 food parcels were delivered in Al-Abr, benefiting 6,237 individuals, as part of the Kingdom’s humanitarian initiative.
in Somalia, KSrelief continued providing medical services in collaboration with the Kidney Dialysis Center at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu. The center catered to a total of 384 patients and assisted dialysis, medical examination and emergency sessions.


12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia

Updated 25 May 2024
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12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia

  • A separate smuggling attempt of 70kg of qat was thwarted in Jazan Region

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 12 Yemeni nationals for attempting to smuggle 266kg of qat through the borders of Asir region, state news agency SPA reported.
The items were seized and handed over to the relevant authority, SPA said on Friday.
A separate smuggling attempt of 70kg of qat was thwarted in Jazan region. Border authorities said the suspects were arrested and the seized items were transferred to relevant authorities for further action.

Mostly chewed by users, Qat is a mild stimulant and illegal across most of the Arab world.

The government has urged citizens and residents to report any information they have regarding drug smuggling or sales to the General Directorate of Narcotics Control. Reports can be made by calling 911 for Makkah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, and 999 for other regions. Alternatively, information can be emailed to [email protected]. All reports are treated confidentially.

 


Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza

Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza

PARIS: Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Friday with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stephane Sejourne in Paris.

The two ministers discussed Saudi-French relations and ways to enhance them as well as improve coordination on various issues of mutual concern.

The two officials also discussed the current situation in Gaza and its surroundings and the need to deliver humanitarian assistance to the civilians in the enclave.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to France Fahd bin Mayouf Al-Ruwaili, Foreign Minister’s Office Director General Abdulrahman Al-Dawood and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr. Manal Radwan.


Shoura Council arrives in Algiers for Arab parliamentary forum

Updated 25 May 2024
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Shoura Council arrives in Algiers for Arab parliamentary forum

  • The conference will be held in Algiers on May 26-27
  • Al-Sheikh said that the Shoura Council’s participation in the conference stems from the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting joint Arab action

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, has arrived in the Algerian to lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the 36th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The conference will be held in Algiers on May 26-27, and will be attended by heads of parliaments and councils from Arab countries.

Al-Sheikh was received by Brahim Boughali, President of the Algerian National People’s Assembly and President of the 36th session of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union; Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Busairi, the Saudi Ambassador to Algeria, and other officials upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport,

In an earlier statement, Al-Sheikh said that the Shoura Council’s participation in the conference stems from the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting joint Arab action, and its continued interest in establishing security, stability, and peace in Arab countries and the world.

The council seeks to support official diplomacy by taking part in regional and international parliamentary meetings and conferences, or through reciprocal visits to enhance parliamentary cooperation with various parliaments around the world, he said.

A consultative meeting between heads of parliaments before the conference will discuss several topics to be presented by its permanent committees, the Palestine Committee; the Social Affairs, Women, Children, and Youth Committee; and the Political Affairs and Parliamentary Relations Committee.

The Shoura Council delegation includes council member and member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union Bandar bin Mohammed Asiri, council members Issa bin Mohammed Al-Issa and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya, and several council staff members.


Saudi entrepreneur converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha

Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi entrepreneur converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha

  • Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm owner Ahmed Al-Barouqi rehabilitated the farm while preserving its agricultural terraces, famous trees and old wells
  • The farm is enjoying a surge in demand due to recent rainfall, the pristine atmosphere and the natural beauty of the area

AL-BAHA: A farmer in Al-Mandaq Governorate has turned his passion and hobby into a thriving tourism project.

Ahmed Al-Barouqi, who owns Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm in the governorate, northwest of Al-Baha, takes advantage of the mild climate and natural beauty of the area, including its agricultural terraces, historic village and picturesque valley, to attract visitors.  

With a mild climate and natural beauty of the area, the farm has become a tourist attraction.  (SPA)

The Saudi Press Agency interviewed Al-Barouqi, the young farmer in Al-Tarf, Wadi Rusba, behind Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm.

“My relationship with agriculture spans over 27 years, having grown up in a family surrounded by farms,” he said. “This inspired me to invest in the farm in Al-Tarf village, where we have fond childhood memories of planting grape, almond and fruit trees.

“I was determined to create a rural tourism investment model that harmonizes with the region’s natural features and moderate climate, providing a unique experience for visitors to the province,” he added.

Al-Barouqi said he rehabilitated the farm while preserving its agricultural terraces, famous trees and old wells. He created paved paths and seating areas and opened scenic views of the adjacent valley by adding seating areas.

Popular dishes, including tannour bread, coffee, and tea are offered to visitors in the farm. (SPA)

He also offers popular dishes, including tannour bread, coffee, and tea.

He highlighted the success of implementing drip irrigation for strawberry crops, which aligns with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. This initiative has added value to the farm and its visitors, creating new agricultural investment opportunities and promoting a diverse agricultural culture. By diversifying products and experimenting with various crops, the farm aims to achieve self-sufficiency in producing crops for local markets.

Fruits are abundant in the farm. (SPA)

Al-Barouqi said: “Farming has created over 20 seasonal job opportunities for young men and women in the region and established sites for productive families.

“We have a comprehensive development plan and vision for the farm that includes agricultural, recreational and investment aspects. Investing in this sector results in pioneering commercial projects that provide a distinctive tourism experience in the Al-Baha region,” he added.

The farm is enjoying a surge in demand due to recent rainfall, the pristine atmosphere and the natural beauty of the area.