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Arab News, Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 | Rabi Al Thani 29, 1444

Deal signed to boost community participation in Saudi Camel Club events

Saudi Arabia: The deal struck between the club and the Kingdom’s Heritage Commission will aim to promote local craft products, boost training, and develop marketing activities at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Camel Club executive director, Bandar Al-Qahtani, and the commission's chief executive officer, Jasser Al-Harbash.

In a joint statement, the two bodies said: “The agreement came based on the principle of cooperation between government sectors and to achieve the principle of community participation and activate the means of those principles to build communities and improve quality of life, which is one of the programs of Vision 2030.

“The two parties agree on enabling the participation of craftspeople in all events, activities, and programs of the Camel Club to ensure their continuity and inherit their skills to the future generations, specifically at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.”

The agreement was also reached on discussing the possibility of setting up a specialist center for camel craft supplies, licensing craftspeople participating in Camel Club festivals, and promoting handicrafts by taking part in special events and festivals.

The cooperation deal, the statement added, would include, “exchanging international experiences, heritage agencies, international participations, setting up and organizing events related to camel culture, and understanding between the two parties to share the calendar of events.”

The two parties pledged to strengthen scientific and academic research, develop talents specialized in cultural heritage, especially regarding camels, discuss the provision of public awareness programs via cultural heritage publications, hold art exhibitions on camel heritage and its history, and run workshops and scientific seminars related to the camel sector.

In addition, research and studies linked to the domestication of camels and their depiction in rock art will form part of the MoU, while the Heritage Commission will provide logistical support in authenticating the heritage content of events, producing lists of regional handicraft experts, nominating specialized speakers, and general events supervision.

The annual Camel Club-organized King Abdulaziz Camel Festival takes place in Riyadh.

The Camel Club was established in 2017 by royal decree with the aim of developing the sector, promoting investment in it, and raising awareness about the Kingdom’s camel heritage.

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