Riyadh might have developed into one of the most modern cities in the world, but it doesn't mean the city forget its skin. Janadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival, or known as Al-Janadriyah, is a cultural festival held annually presenting ancient culture and traditional arts and crafts of Saudi Arabia including its interesting history. You'll have the entire two weeks to enjoy the festive vibes, it's a great place to learn more about Saudi Arabia's fascinating cultural heritages. There are music, dances, people with their beaming face have a great time with their family and friends.
Glimmer of Arabian Traditional Culture in Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival
Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival's History
Do you know that Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival used to take a different form than at present day? It used to be under a different name called 'Rowdhat Souwais” that only consist of Camels Race. The festival was widely known across the Arab peninsula, it often mentioned in various ancient literatures. Later, more attractions are added and it was officially inaugurated as Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival in 1985 by King Fahad Ibn Abdul Azis.
Head to the Qassim's pavillion to discover rich culture and heritage of the region. The pavillion boast several entertainment areas, sucha as traditional cafe serving traditional Arabian delights, special art corners displaying various traditional artworks and handicrafts. There's also an artistic wall mural titled 'A Homeland's Vision” that you can gaze upon for hours. Children will absolutely enjoy playing various traditional local games, while automotive lovers might spend hours enjoying the display of various heritage cars. You can even hop on a camel's back and try a fun camel ride around the area.
Al Shananah Tower
Al Shananah Tower, or also known as Al-Shananah Observatory, is the most popular attraction located inside Qassim's pavillion. The 12th century Hijri tower was built from clay and hay for observation purpose, and today it becomes the best spot to get the best view of Janadriyah village's skyline. The tower consists of ten floors decorated with intricate ancient inscriptions while the ceilings are supported by palm leaves and wood. Visitors can enjoy a bird-eye view of the splendid view of the entire village.
Another attraction worth to visit is Tabuk Pavillion. You can learn more about Tabuk's local culture and history. The province is highly famous for its archaelogical sites, you might find interesting informations and unique facts about archaelogical projects and amazing archaelogical discoveries in the pavillion. Explore other interesting things that are parts of Tabuk's culture such as fishing nets, water telescopes, intricate handicrafts, carpentry, and more.
Jazan's Heritage Village
Jazan or Jizan is one of the most developed region in Saudi Arabia, but it also hold the elegance of its traditional culture. The region is mostly dominated by Tihami tribe, and you will be introduced to their outstanding culture including its architecture. The most famous structure there Al-Ousha Attiniya Tihami, a traditional conic hut where the traditional tribe lives by embracing the nature. There's also Al-Baitul Farasani, another traditional house that embedded with pearls and shells reflecting the lifestyle of its inhabitants.
The Muslim World League's Wing
The Muslim World League also known as MWL is a Makkah-based NGO that focused on spreading Islam's message of peace around the world. You can see their contribution to the world's peace including their countless seminars that have been attended by over 1,000 followers with different religious backgrounds.
How to Get Tickets?
Good news for you! Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival is free of charge, which means you can visit them without having to pay for any admission fees.
How To Get Around?
From Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival, you can go around to any attractions in Riyadh by driving a car. You can also hail a taxi to take you around especially if you don't own a driving license.
What Should I Wear?
Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative countries in the world, especially when it comes to clothing. While the country starting to embrace changes and become more progressive, it will be too much if you expect you can roam around in a tanktop and short (not that they will hunt you down for that, though you might receive some stares from locals). Wear loose-fitting clothes or abaya if you'd prefer to blend with the crowd. Unless if you are going to the holy cities like Mecca and Madina, then yes, wearing abaya (for females) and thawbs (for males) are mandatory.
Best Time to Visit
Please read this carefully to know when is the best time to visit Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival 2018. The opening ceremony will starts on February the 7th. Visiting schedule for men is from February 8th to 11th, starting from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Friday from 02:00 PM to 00:00 AM. The park is open from February 12th and 23rd February for families and women, from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM from Monday to Thursday, and 02:00 PM to 00:00 AM.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need can be found in this website.
How To Get There?
From Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival, you can go around to any attractions in Riyadh by driving a car. You can also arrange a transportation first as there are no public transit to the festival currently.
To make commuting to and from Jenadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival, you'll need to arrange transportation first.