Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today inaugurated the 20th National Culture and Heritage Festival. The Festival is organized annually by the National Guard at Jenadriyah, just north of the city of Riyadh. The opening ceremony was attended by Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahraini Defense Force; Shaikh Saeed bin Zayid Al Nahayan, member of the executive council of the United Arab Emirates; Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong from Singapore; and former President of Sudan Abdulrahman Swar-el-dahab.
In his speech on the occasion, Assistant Deputy Commander of the National Guard Prince Me’teb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz addressed the issue of terrorism, and urged all Saudis to stand united against those who want to undermine the Kingdom’s security.
Crown Prince Abdullah presented the prizes for the customary grand camel race, which was followed by a musical entertainment featuring well-known Saudi singers and folklore troupes. During the evening reception, he awarded medals honoring Saudi poet Abdullah bin Ali Al-Jeshi, and also Saudi businessman Ismail Abu Dawood, now deceased.
This year’s week-long Festival will include a seminar entitled ‘Knowledge and Development’.