Janadriyah Festival is a festival for the Saudi Arabian culture and Heritage. We have been living in KSA for 5 years now and this is our third time going to the Janadriyah Festival and we love it!
This festival is held for two weeks, from 4 to midnight, and usually on February. This year it has started on the 1st of February. The first few days are always reserved for the opening ceremony, then for men only and then for schools. The rest of the times are for families.
Janadriyadh is located on the north of Riyadh. It takes 30 min to one hour depending on traffic and where you are starting from. The festival can be very crowded, if you are planning to go, try to avoid week-ends and try to go as early as possible! The crowded moment is at closing time. The parking lot is huge.
Janadriyah is like a town which is divided by different regions of KSA. Each area represents the culture of a special region with their special food, music, clothes … You can learn a lot about KSA.
For food, try Medina section! you won’t be disappointed! 😉
- Camel race
- Horse race
- Popular market
- Popular games
- Regions culture
- Folk costumes
- Governmental institutions and companies
- Traditional crafts (pottery, weaving, woodwork, metalwork, and leatherwork)
- Host country of the world (Egypt for the year of 2017)
Every year, the festival host a different country to exhibit its culture with the rest of the regions of Saudi Arabia.
If you are interested by the Saudi Culture, you will like this event. You can try the local food, listen to local music (Yes!) and explore the Saudi culture!
This place is huge, I have never visited the whole place in one day. You need at least two evenings to visit all the area! We walked around Janadriyah to explore for four hours and it wasn’t enough.
You can find people selling on the sidewalk food, art, accessories, games, wooden goods and lot of other things everywhere.
Different regions of Saudi Arabia : Asir, Abha, Qassim, Najran, Hail, Riyadh, Tabouk, Makkah, Medinah, Taif, easter region… Each regions are represented by a building with its own architecture and culture.
There are also some governmental buildings for the ministry of education, National Guard Health affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Saudi Tourism and Heritage , but also private companies.
We really enjoyed going to the Janadriyah Festival, as it show you another surprising and beautiful side of Saudi Arabia and its people.
Colorful local crafts
A joyful atmosphere brought by people who are dancing the folkloric dance of Saudi Arabia, Al Ardah.
The Medina section, my favorite
A section of the festival that accommodates art, calligraphy, photography and sculptures.
Drawing water from a well using camels
The Egyptian pavilion