2001 News Story

Ardha evening is highlight of Jenadriyah Festival

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz yesterday attended an evening of ardha [the traditional sword dance] that proved to be a highlight of the 16th annual Jenadriyah Festival of Culture and Heritage.

The cultural program ends its activities today with an evening of poetry at the King Faisal Conference Hall, featuring Ahmed Nasir Al-Ahmed, Domedan bin Asaan, Nasir Al-Ghatani, Ali Al-Sabaan and Saad Al-Zoueri. Last Monday, a symposium was held at the Hall under the title 'The future of Islamic economics in the new world economy', during which a number of eminent speakers, including President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Dr. Ahmed bin Muhammad Ali, presented papers that spoke of the rapid changes in the global financial market and the need for establishing an Islamic trade commission to protect Muslim interests in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Meanwhile, availing themselves of the ongoing school recess, large numbers of visitors from the region as well as inside the Kingdom have been visiting the pavilions at Jenadriyah that portray the simple life of the past, with its handicrafts and age-old industries.