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Taif Season: Saudi Arabia continues to open up

As you have already heard, this year the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is successively opening its territories through dedicated seasons. After Jeddah and Al-Soudah, it is Taif’s turn to put on its best clothes to seduce tourists.

The Taif region was animated by festivities throughout August, to the delight of locals and visitors, who had the opportunity to discover the four main places of the festival: the Souk Okaz, the Crowned Prince Camel Festival, the Al Ward Heritage Village, and the Al-Baid Masters, which includes outdoor activities such as hiking in the mountains.

A great success

The festival is a great success as more than 750,000 visitors had already made the trip after only ten days.

The objective of such an event is to position the city as one of the most important Arab tourist destinations, emphasizing its cultural and historical diversity and welcoming climate. The seasons also aim to stimulate interaction with local communities, providing seasonal jobs and investment opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses and SMEs.

A wide range of activities

Among the many activities, training sessions for young people, many shows (theatre, song, poetry, etc.) and even a few records, such as the largest camel statue ever erected, at King Faisal Park, during the Crown Prince Camel Festival, which aims to celebrate and promote the cultural importance of camels.

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Discovering the cultures of the Arab world

The main attraction, the highlight of the show, was undoubtedly the Souk Okaz, first opened in the 6th century and reopened twelve years ago. Visitors have the opportunity to discover the cultures of 11 Arab countries by visiting stands featuring food, art, and trade from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and, of course, Saudi Arabia.

At the end of this month, the celebrations end on a musical note, with concerts by the Emirates Ahlam and Hussein Al-Jassmi, the Syrian Assala Nasri, or the Saudis Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak.

Published on 2 September 2019




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