King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz • الملك عبدالله بن عبدالعزيز
I was sitting on the couch with Y when suddenly he said, “There are all of these things on Twitter saying that King Abdullah died, but I don’t know…”
“Do you think it’s true?” I asked.
“I’m not sure…” he replied.
We went on doing whatever it was that we were doing. I think we had the MBC movie channel on the TV and both of us were sort of mindlessly scrolling through social media dashboards on our phones. All of a sudden the channel changed to the live feed from Makkah. Not just one of the channels, but all of them.
I could tell by the look on Y’s face that this had more significant meaning than a strange technical glitch. A few moments later the channel quickly changed to a news broadcast. The man on the screen announced the death of the King.
Y looked at me with such sorrow in his eyes and said, “King Abdullah is one reason that I met you”.
I had the opportunity to visit the annual Janadriyah Festival here in Riyadh. It is a cultural festival celebrating the different customs all over Saudi Arabia. There was also an area for the United Arab Emirates.
The photos and videos were taken by my friend N.
It was so much bigger than I imagined with buildings, food, clothing, crafts and more. I’m hoping to be able to visit it again in the future to see more of the festival as the three hours that we had were not nearly enough.