July 15, 2024

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia’s scouts are showcasing their historical past and traditions to friends from everywhere in the world as they’re participating, for the primary time, in India’s Republic Day camp.

Ladies and boys from the Saudi Arabian Scouts Affiliation arrived in New Delhi final week to hitch the annual camp, which is going down alongside official occasions commemorating the day on which India’s structure got here into impact on Jan. 26, 1950.

The 2-week camp, which this yr sees delegations of scouts representing greater than 20 international locations, is organized by the Nationwide Cadet Corps — the youth wing of India’s armed forces — to encourage exchanges between younger folks from the world over.

Whereas they discover historic cities and find out about their host’s traditions, additionally they current their very own cultures and have interaction with different members.

“It’s a pleasure to fulfill all of them and know their cultures and have a lot of conversations with them,” Lana Al-Wehaibi, one of many three woman scouts within the 12-member Saudi Arabia delegation, advised Arab Information, as they have been making ready to current their program in New Delhi.

“We visited Agra and Jaipur and Delhi. And in Agra we might go to the Taj Mahal. For me, it’s the most effective place.”

The enduring white-marble mausoleum in northern India is likely one of the nation’s most well-known monuments of Muslim architectural heritage.

It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 in reminiscence of his spouse, Mumtaz Mahal.

“The story of Taj Mahal is unimaginable,” Al-Wehaibi mentioned. “It’s a wonderful nation, stunning folks, and a pleasure for us to fulfill them.”

The Saudi delegation has already offered a few of their traditions to their friends, who acquired them with enthusiasm.

Saudi scouts participate in a cultural occasion throughout India’s Republic Day camp in New Delhi, Jan. 21, 2024. (Saudi Arabia Scouts Affiliation) 


“Once they noticed us sporting our outfits — as you realize, thobe, shemagh — they have been impressed, got here to us to take footage. They have been glad,” mentioned Faisal Al-Ruwaili, one other member of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Affiliation.

“We’ve good communication with all of the international locations and that’s good.”

However he was glad, particularly concerning the communication with the Indian facet, which mirrored how a lot relations between the 2 international locations have grown currently.

“They care to make us snug on this go to,” he mentioned. “If this program is coming once more subsequent yr, I shall be a participant.”

For Mashal Al-Abdulaaly, one of many group’s leaders, the participation of girls scouts within the Saudi Arabia delegation was proof of the Kingdom’s empowerment insurance policies, which her friends might see immediately.

“No matter Saudi Arabia is saying about empowering girls, is definitely right here, in particular person,” she advised Arab Information.

“We’re right here, we exist, and we’re trying ahead to shaping the longer term.”

She loved being in India, particularly — as a vegetarian — its delicacies, however what mattered most was for her the exchanges, interactions, and studying extra about others.

“We’re actually grateful for this chance,” she mentioned.

“To be a part of one thing worldwide, to see different nations, to work together with them, to be taught extra about their cultures, has been actually rewarding.”