Abha Festival

Abha Festival

Six weeks in July-August
Situated in the mountains and blessed with mild weather in an otherwise harsh climate, the city of Adha, Saudi Arabia, is also a popular tourist attraction that boasts amusement parks, a shopping district, and a hotel industry. The Abha Festival, which lasts about six weeks, was established in 1998 to help sustain the city's appeal among tourists. In past years, over 1.5 million visitors have traveled to the city and attended the festival's sports competitions, religious activities, and concerts featuring Arab pop stars. The concert series, which has the distinction of being Saudi Arabia's first public music event, first took place during the inaugural Adha Festival.
The summer festival's main event has consistently been the music program. Its performers cater to younger Saudis, who have been the target audience over the years. Other youth-oriented activities include sailing competitions, horse racing, and soccer.
Addressing general anxieties about the negative impact of popular culture on young festival-goers, organizers ensure the program maintains moral standards by coordinating with officials of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
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He ordered the suspension of many activities of the ongoing Abha festival.
Moreover, Menahi was aired at the Prince Faisal bin Fahad hall at the Literary Club of Riyadh and in Abha during the Abha Festival, and the Eastern Province.
With regard to the purpose of the visit, report pointed out that the majority of visitors to Abha Festival, Jeddah Summer, Al Taif Ahlah, Al Baha Summer, Tebah Summer, Onaiza Festival, Al Namas and Amlaj Festivals came for the purpose of recreation and tourism, while most of the visitors to Riyadh Summer, Al Ahsa Shopping and Entertainment Festival, Hail Summer, Buraidah Summer, Al Jouf Halvah and Najran Summer had a different purpose, that was visiting families and friends.
Al-Muftaha Award is one of the main associated events of Abha festival, and is given annually by the Governorate of Asir to individuals or organizations, in recognition of their outstanding contributions in various social fields, including education and social services.
The Abha Festival this year includes a heritage village that showcases the way people in the Asir province lived more than 100 years ago, according to the organizers.
Prince Faisal bin Khaled, who is also chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Abha Festival, attended a spectacular fireworks display held at Abha Dam Lagoon premises as part of the festival on Monday evening.
The Council of Technical and Vocational Training (CTVT) organized the exhibition as part of the Abha festival, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
This is where Abha Festival fits in," said Ali Sharab, founder of Forsan Al Hayat, co-organizer of the festival.
Concerts held as part of the Abha Festival in the past attracted a large number of people.