Saturday, March 4, 2017

2017 Yanbu Flower Festival Coming Soon


Last year I attended the annual Yanbu Flowers and Gardens Festival, which is a spectacular display of colorful flowers and plants in the city of Yanbu.

This year's festival will be held March 14th through April 7th, 2017.  There is no charge for admission.


Here in Saudi Arabia, one of my pet peeves is that it is difficult to find out about events before they happen. I believe the reason for this lack of proper advertising for events ahead of time was because of the culture's strict gender segregation policies which discourages mixed events.  In the past if the religious police got wind of a questionable mixed gender event going on, oftentimes it would be raided and disbanded. Many social events were kept on the down low, and event venues were often not disclosed until the day of the event by text message.  It can be very difficult to make plans to attend events like this.  While gender mixing is still greatly frowned upon in this culture, things seem to be slowly changing, and there is even a Ministry of Entertainment now in the Kingdom.

You can see more photos of the amazing floral displays on my post from last year by clicking HERE.

27 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Can anyone let me know what are the timings

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  2. Hi
    Can you Please let us know what will be the timings on Friday.
    As per your response i can plan my schedule.
    Thanks

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  3. Hi Mohammad - Like many businesses here in Saudi Arabia, most days I believe it is open in the mornings, closed in the afternoons, and then opens back up in the late afternoons. I'm not sure about Fridays being open in the mornings though.

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  6. What a lovely display of flowers, says she under ice and snow...

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  7. Has the festival started? I have not seen any news in the local media. Just want to be sure before going on the drive from Jeddah

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    1. Hi yes. We went there last March 15 around 5pm. Its open now. You may check my photos here http://tinandjerry.com/Yanbu-Flower-Festival-2017.php

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  8. Has the festival started? I have not seen any news in the local media. Just want to be sure before going on the drive from Jeddah

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    1. It did. I've been there yesterday. Here's a clip I shot yesterday. It's still uploading but it will be finished in an hour or two from the time of posting this.

      https://youtu.be/VTBtt1sEFgY

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  9. Wow. That's interesting. We sort of forget things like that. Glad it is slowly changing - would be shame to miss things such as flower shows and lovely days out.

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  10. timing is 4pm to 11pm. but i m also not sure about friday.

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  11. Hi..may I know what time they will open this coming fri.thank you very much

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  12. Any suggestion on the nearby accommodation (Hotels)..Thanks

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  13. There are many hotels in Yanbu to choose from. We just used Booking.com to find ours.

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  14. Anyone please tell me this flower festival is till how many days? Please

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    1. Dear Anonymous - I provided the information in my post, if you would just read it.

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  15. is entry only for family / bachelors are allowed?

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  16. Could anyone plz share google map location, as I'm willing to visit on coming Saturday from Jeddah.

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  17. I am from Yanbu. Friday also available. This time little commercialization we felt. This time Guinness record too.

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  18. Please share the google map location.

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  19. Is there any extension of dates this year? i.e. beyond 7th April 2017.

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  20. http://www.arabnews.com/node/1073391/yanbu-flower-festival
    Can anyone confirm the detail about timing and date.
    Because according to arab news it was ended on 19th march '17.
    Suggestions will be highly appraciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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