Monday, March 12, 2018

Yanbu Flower Festival 2018

The 12th annual Yanbu Flowers and Gardens Festival is a spectacular event going on now through March 25th.  It is open daily from 4-11pm.  It's also open in the mornings to just walk around the gardens and pools, but the vendors are not there during the day.  Over the past three consecutive years that I have gone, it has just gotten bigger and better with each year.  The event is extremely well organized, managed and run, so I take my hat off to the Royal Commission for Yanbu for a job well done. 

This post has more photos than I usually post, but I had a hard time deciding between more than 1200 photos I took during our visit to Yanbu the weekend the festival opened.


There are two main entrances (like in the above photo) which are easy to spot.  Just follow the crowds!  I love the geometric grass designs in the abundant paved areas - and I love the lights at the top of the many palm trees all over the festival.


The mix of colors and variety of plantings, the hills and mounds of thousands of colorful flowers - it is all so visually stunning that it's clear to see all the time, effort, and expense put into this event.






The addition of water features the past couple of years has made a huge visual impact.  There are beautiful large pools of water, fountains, and streams over a large portion of the festival.








Children's activities and enjoyment hasn't been forgotten either.  A huge entertainment area is a welcome addition for lots of family fun.






There is also a lovely Garden Center where a large variety of flowering desert plants and shrubs can be purchased and learned about. 






This year the Recycling Exhibit featured huge fish made of plastic bottles, which were really cute and designed nicely.


All over the Flower Festival are various structures covered in flowers, like archways, buildings, columns, gazebos, and many other shapes.  There are walking paths everywhere, as well as beautiful water features like fountains, pools, and streams throughout the huge festival area.










A new added twist was the section where more than two dozen artists painted lovely colorful works of art, live in front of admiring festival goers.  The artists' paintings will be entered in a competition related to the participation of the Saudi team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. I hope this art competition will continue in years to come, as they were quite talented and their works were spectacular.


Even though the weekends at the event are quite crowded, the venue is very spacious and doesn't feel overcrowded.  There is also plenty of free parking for attendees.  Oh - and did I mention that the event itself extends free admission to all as well? Yup, it's free!


I love the palm trees everywhere as the backdrop for the colorful mounds of flowers.




This is one of the main entrances illuminated after dark - such a grand entrance.


There were many more vendors this year with many different items for sales - ranging from fresh flowers and stuffed animals to rose water and key chains.  There was even a lawn furniture area and gardening designs.


Plenty of spaces to sit and relax are available where one can enjoy the beautiful surroundings or people watching, plus a large area with picnic tables and an on sight mosque.  There are also plenty of nice new restrooms conveniently located throughout the festival as well.




The Food Court area is near the east entrance and pool area.  Walking on the bridges over the pools is a very popular choice for families to do together.


If you live in Saudi Arabia and have not yet attended the Yanbu Flowers and Gardens Festival, I highly recommend it.  It's one of the best festivals in the country.

"Hello!" from me, Susie of Arabia, at the Yanbu Flower Festival. Don't miss it!  Running now through March 25th.


10 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful photo of you, Susie. This is such a gorgeous festival!

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    1. Aw thanks, Kay! It's great to hear from you. I hope you are doing well!

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  2. Though I live in Yanbu, I've never been at night. Your photos really show how well they have lit the displays. Maybe I'll have to venture over one evening. (The morning hours are 9 - noon with the earlier hours having great sunlight for photographs.)

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    1. Hi Kristi - We didn't go during the day this time, but we have been 2 years ago. The lighting is really good then for photos! Maybe one day we'll see you there!

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  3. Hello Susie! I am doing a project for school about Saudi Arabia and the gay discrimination in the country.
    Have you noticed any gay discrimination and if so what did you see?
    Also, are children of the opposite sex allowed to be friends or is that frowned upon?
    Thank you so much!

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    1. I'd be happy to answer your questions. Just email me at susieofarabia@gmail.com

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    2. Thank you, Susie.
      I sent you the email.

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  4. As always, your pics are stunning. I love to visit your blog and get a look inside of a land that I will probably never get to see. You're an amazing blogger.

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  5. how amazing is this blog really your photos isn't only professional but also reflect a great talent that make us interesting in visiting Saudi Arabia your photos like a magic window through which we can see the beauty of Saudi Arabia and the colored flower make us smile just when we look at

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  6. .As always,You're an amazing blogger.

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