Saudi Arabia drawing visitor attention with camel festival

Published on : Friday, April 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia camel festivalSaudi Arabia might not be in the top list of Western holidaymakers, but it is home to archaeological sites, pristine beaches and ancient desert culture.

Camels are prestigious part of the Kingdom’s culture. They are important part of daily life of Saudis as well as connection to their ancient heritage. Camels are also part of King Abdul Aziz camel festival – the kingdom’s latest idea for showcasing its culture and history for tourists.

While 18 million people visited Saudi Arabia from overseas in 2016, almost all foreigners came on pilgrimage to Mecca, rather than to spend time and money soaking up the country’s other sights.

The Kingdom’s authorities say that they are working on bringing tourist visas for making it easier for foreigners to visit and invest in tourism infrastructure. In King Abdul Aziz camel festival, around 60,000 visitors came for the month-long celebration of camel and desert culture from March 15th – April 15th.

This annual heritage festival in Rimah was founded in 1999 by local Bedouin tribes for finding the most beautiful camel, and went on to receive support from the Saudi royal family. This year opened up to camel owners and tribes from across the Gulf and visitors from all over the world.

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