Oasis Festival, showcasing the rich cultural and heritage heritage, launched in Al-Ahsa


AL-AHSA — The Saudi Heritage Commission, in cooperation with Al-Ahsa Municipality, on Monday launched the Al-Ahsa Oasis Festival which celebrates the rich cultural and heritage heritage of Al-Ahsa as a as a global cultural destination in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Arabia.

The festival coincides with the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Al-Ahsa is the closest Saudi city to Qatar, the venue for the World Cup, which kicked off on November 20.

Al Ahsa, the largest governorate in the Eastern Province, is located in a prime geographical destination overlooking the Persian Gulf and the three Gulf States of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. It is one of the most ideal and attractive tourist destinations that World Cup fans and visitors from within and outside the Kingdom can visit when traveling to Qatar or staying in the region for tournament season. Organizers of the Al-Ahsa Oasis festival made elaborate arrangements to attract large numbers of World Cup fans and visitors from various parts of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States as they passed through Al-Ahsa en route to Qatar.

The commission chose the historic Al-Qaisariyah market located in the center of the historic city of Hofuf as the place to celebrate the authentic heritage of Al-Ahsa, while it transformed the historic Ain Al-Najm into a meeting place for purebred Arabian enthusiasts. horses. There will also be numerous exhibitions of handicrafts and folk art, while other festival activities have been split between Ibrahim Archaeological Palace, Muhaires Palace, House of Allegiance and Al-Amiriya School .

The festival was launched at the site of Ain Najm where visitors can enjoy the safe experience of riding the Arabian horse. They can wander among the corners of craftsmen to see the types of traditional art, made from the simplest tools. There were also folk dance performances which reflect a culture spanning hundreds of ages.

Activities also include heritage and culture seminars and 3D light shows, in addition to handicrafts and folklore shows, considering Al-Ahsa Oasis a UNESCO heritage site.

Through the area of ​​handicrafts and arts, visitors will enjoy the experience of descending into the eye of the star (Ain Najm), which was associated with the memory of ancient people during the Hajj season. It was a site for the convoys of pilgrims from the Gulf countries more than 280 years ago, in exchange for the agricultural bounties available at Al-Ahsa amid the waters of the springs.

Historical references have confirmed that Ain Najm, which has sulfuric waters, whose waters were drained 30 years ago, is a resting place for caravans from Gulf countries, and provides them with food. According to Al-Ahsa history researcher Khaled Al-Fareeda, Ain Najm has a major role in welcoming travelers who are preparing to travel to Makkah to perform Hajj rituals, as it receives convoys of pilgrims before they head to Mecca, especially pilgrims from the Gulf countries.

In another location, the Heritage Commission launched three-dimensional light shows on the walls of the Ibrahimi Archaeological Palace while the Muhaires Palace witnessed traditional craft shows, as well as the exhibition of the Saudi national football team. There will be live broadcasts of the Saudi national team matches during the World Cup, in addition to the Saudi Coffee Year 2022 initiative, and musical and folklore performances.

Ibrahim Palace is considered one of the most famous archaeological sites in Al-Ahsa, which is located in the center of Hofuf as the seat of Saudi rule when King Abdulaziz took control of it on the night of 5 Jamad Al-Awwal 1331 AH during his annexation of Al-Ahsa and the construction of the palace which dates back to the year 963 AH.

Muhaires Palace is located north of the city of Mubarraz, which was built by Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz on top of a hill in the year 1208 AH for military purposes. It is a small war fortress consisting of circular towers with a number of rooms where weapons, ammunition and military supplies were stored.

Al-Ahsa Oasis festival activities started on Wednesday in the center of the historic city of Hofuf, where the Qaisariyah market witnesses various heritage and cultural events amidst a pleasant winter. Carts of various foods will be spread throughout the market, while the theater will witness the presentation of folk arts and musical performances.

Cultural events take place at the site of the House of Allegiance, the most important of which is the Saudi Coffee 2022 initiative, art exhibitions and three-dimensional light shows, given the historical value of the House of Allegiance, which witnessed the people of Al-Ahsa pledging allegiance to King Abdulaziz and joining the Saudi state in 1913.

The historical center of Hofuf is also witnessing the launch of festival activities at Al-Amiriya School, which include art exhibitions, educational workshops, storytelling sessions and 3D light shows.

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