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Uncovering Saudi Culture’s Roots in Souk Okaz

For 1,500 years, the Souk Okaz Festival has convened poetry contests, thrown horse shows and workshops dedicated to creating traditional textiles. The festival has grown to be a go-to annual meetup for those wishing to discover Saudi Arabia’s roots. Head there in July, on the Ta’if mountains, some 130 kilometers from Jeddah.