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Governor of Riyadh to open Eid celebrations in the Capital
Governor Riyadh Region Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz will flag off the metropolitan Eid Al-Fitr celebrations here for a period of three days.
The Riyadh Development Authority has chalked out a comprehensive program, which would feature diverse social, recreational and cultural activities that would please all residents and visitors from the capital.
Al-Adl Square Avenue will be the venue for the official opening celebration, which comprises a selection of folkloric activities and shows including Ardah (folk Saudi dance).
Furthermore, Al-Masmak Palace will host a children's theater offering a wide variety of entertaining programs, contests and a play titled "Forest of Colors".
The live shows, call graffiti, cartoon digital painting, henna art platforms, productive families’ kiosks, food trucks will also bring carnival atmosphere to Al-Thumairi Street (Al-Thumairi Avenue) during the celebrations.
The program dubbed "Rizana Eid" will take place during the three days of Eid from 4 pm to 12 pm. The venues of the events will be spread out in a fair manner in places such as, Al-Masmak Square and Al-Thamiri Avenue to allow visitors to move smoothly and freely.
The official celebration of Eid al-Fitr is held every year at the Al-Hokom Palace, which is a cultural landmark and a historical memory that embodies the meaning of national unity and the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and unifying it by the founding King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.
Diri'yah and Al-Hokom Palace stand out as the symbols of the Saudi heritage architecture besides being the most important locations in the early history of Saudi Arabia.
Diri'yah was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. The historic Al-Masmak Palace stands out in "Qasr Al-Hokom" Area.
Qasr Al-Hokom Area covers Suwaiqah commercial complex, Al-Mua'iqiliyah souk, Deyrah, Zal and Justice Square, Al-Safah and Imam Muhammad bin Saud Squares and the courtyard of the Al-Masmak Palace.
Palm trees have been planted in more than 4,500 sq. meters in the courtyard of the palace and other trees in the southern side. The eastern side is developed into a desert setting with an elevated level that protects the palace. The courtyard has paved walkways and suitable for folk and heritage events. The mosque close to Al-Masmak is reconstructed in a classical heritage style of the location. Prince Turki bin Abdullah Mosque has entrances from the Justice Square, Prince Turki bin Abdullah road and Al-Safa Square. It has two minarets with each rising to a height of 50 meters.