Posted by : Uzma Sultana Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The 11th edition of the week-long event has opened on July 12 under the patronage of King Salman. On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the 11th Souk Okaz Festival in Taif has started on Wednesday evening.

History of Souk Okaz Festival:

Know A Little About The Famous Souk Okaz Festival


Souk Okaz was a seasonal market which operated for two weeks each year during the month of Dhu al-Qi'dah. It was active from approximately 542-726 CE. Souk Okaz is one of the unique tourism destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it is considered as one of the most important tourism tributary. Souk Okaz was an authentic historical destination that is known to be held in the past in the same place with the same name. Many tourists turn up to the kingdom to experience the traditional and historical festival of Arabian past from all over the World.

Souq Okaz was also a place of declaring of war, reconciliation, ending hostilities, adjudicating trade disputes and a place for announcing alliances between Arab tribes, researcher said.

Each year Souk Okaz offers twelve awards for various contests in the Arab World.  They include, the Okaz International Poetry Award for Standard Arabic language poetry (Okaz Poet), Okaz International Handicraft Award, Okaz Creativity Award, Okaz Photography Award, Young Okaz Poet Award, Okaz Folklore Art Award, Okaz Children Folk Art Award, Okaz Theatrics and Creativity Award, Okaz Fine Arts Award, and Okaz Entrepreneurship Award. The total number of prizes and competitions amounts to SR 2.2 Million every year.

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