Under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, National Festival for Heritage and Culture launched

King Abdullah gives prizes for first five winners in Grand Camel Racing

King of Bahrain says Janadriyah intellectual symposia tackle issues of unity

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud graced this week the opening ceremony of the 27th National Festival for Heritage and Culture organized annually by the National Guard in Al-Janadriyah.

Upon arrival at the venue, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was received by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the State, Member of the Cabinet, Commander of the National Guard and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Festival; and Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri, Assistant Deputy Commander of the National Guard and Deputy Chairman of the Festival's Supreme Committee.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain; President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of South Korea; and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Afterwards, the National Royal Anthem was played.

The monarch and his guests took their seats at the main festival stand, verses from the Holy Quran were recited, and the first round of the grand camel race consecutively took place.

The representatives of the sponsors shake hands with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Following the first half of the race, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud handed over the five winners their trophies, in the presence of King Hamad bin Eisa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The first and the second winners received, also, presents forwarded to them by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayd Al Nahyan, UAE President.

Later on, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; King of Bahrain and President of the Republic of South Korea attended the dinner banquet held on the occasion.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques paid farewell to the Bahraini King.

The opening ceremony and the dinner banquet were attended by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense; Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Faisal bin Saud Al-Kabeer; Prince Mohammed bin Sa'ad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region' Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; a number of other princes; ministers; distinguished guests; senior civil and military officials and a group of citizens.

King Hamad of Bahrain expressed deep thanks, gratitude and appreciation of King Abdullah for the generous and good hospitality accorded to him and the accompanying delegation during their short visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this week.

In his cable of thanks upon departing Riyadh and after taking part in the opening ceremony of 27th Janadriyah National Festival for Heritage and Culture, the Bahraini Monarch wished the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques steady good health and the people of Saudi Arabia prosperity and progress.