The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will sponsor on the third of April 2013, the opening ceremony of the 28th National Festival of Heritage and Culture "Al-Janadriyah" organized by the National Guard. The festival will start with the 39th Grand Annual camel race and the rhetorical and artistic concert .
 

This was announced by the Deputy Chief of National Guard and Assistant Vice Chairman of Higher Committee of the festival, Mr. Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Altwaijri while attending a press conference held today on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Cabinet Member, Chief of National Guard and the Chairman of Higher Committee of the National Festival for Heritage and Culture, in which he highlighted the most prominent activities and programs of the festival in the presence of the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Kingdom Mr. Lee Ching as China is the guest of honor for this year's festival.
 

Al-Tuwaijri welcomed the Chinese Ambassador and the People's Republic of China as the guest of honor for the National Festival for Heritage and Culture this year. He said, "The festival this year will be memorable through the various events and activities it offers. Around 300 thinkers and writers were invited from various countries around the world, taking part in enriching the cultural activity, which will include a number of events in several cities to discuss different cultural themes."

 
 

Al-Tuwaijri described the People's Republic of China participation in the festival as a guest of honor, as a valuable addition to the festival, taking into consideration its remarkable addition of ancient, historical and unique heritage and civilization. This participate comes hand in hand with the grand goal sought by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in its international relations, which is the meeting of cultures, exchange of experiences that support the human dimension and spread harmony and peace in the world.
For his part, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Kingdom Lee Ching conveyed his country's pleasure in participating in this major cultural event and expressed his hope that the Chinese participation will attain the satisfaction of festival visitors, praising the Islamic civilization and its contribution in the cultural and scientific fields saying, "The Saudi people stand today amid  the construction and extension of this ancient Islamic civilization that served the entire world."
 
He stressed that China's participation under the slogan "China is a country of shining beauty" reflects the image of ancient and modern China, an image that links Chinese civilization with the Islamic civilization where the exhibition reflects the real image that played a role in increasing mutual understanding between the two peoples.
 
At the end of the press conference, HE Mr. Abdulmohsen Tuwaijri and the Chinese Ambassador answered the  questions of  journalists and audience.

 

This year, the National Festival for Heritage and Culture will honor Dr. Thoraya Obaid - the Saudi cultural persona for this year - and will give her the Order of King Abdulaziz first class.