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36 teams to secure women-only venues

July 29, 2014

Riyadh governor Prince Turki bin Abdullah launches women only venue as part of Eid celebrations organized by Riyadh Municipality in Riyadh. (SPA)

Riyadh: Arab News

The Riyadh Municipality has mobilized 36 teams among its Saudi female employees to ensure security at female-only venues during the Eid festivities.

Several locations have been devoted to women-only entertainment events across the city.

The teams have been tasked with ensuring security at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, the King Fahad Cultural Center, Prince Salman Social Center and the Al-Hokair Theme Park. This includes ensuring implementation of a decision banning mobile photography in female-only venues.

Festivities include theatricals and folkloric shows and other social, cultural and artistic activities.

The King Abdulaziz Center in central Riyadh hosts plays, poetry readings, educational activities, folklore games, female stories and creative folk shows from certain parts of the Kingdom, in addition to setting up activities, including painting, coloring, artifact displays, charitable society appeals and competitions.

The center also hosted famous female personalities at 5 p.m. on the first day of Eid.

The King Fahad Cultural Center, meanwhile, showed a satirical play enacted by the academy's girls shedding light on the negative and positive aspects of being in a girls'-only environment.

The center hosts two Eid festivals, which integrates women participation and traditional folklore.

The festival represents cultural aspects across the entire Kingdom. A stand-up comedy performance was given by "Touch," a female group, slated to perform every day during Eid. The festival has also invited three well-known poetesses to recite two poems every night.

The festival includes many exhibits, such as the hospitality corner, artifacts, coloring, painting, henna and face-painting. The activities last between 5 p.m. and midnight during Eid, while a play highlighting female participation in the upcoming municipal elections was also aired.

The Prince Salman Social Center, meanwhile, is holding a carnival, plays, comedy acts, folklore games and the national operetta during Eid.

The center also has poetry reading nights that hosts poetesses, female folk groups, international shows by Fashion Rock and several cultural and entertainment activities.

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Source: Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

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