The festival serves as an occasion to honour writers and intellectuals from inside and outside Saudi Arabia.
Souk Okaz was one of those three major fairs. The others were the Majana and the Dhi Majaz fairs. Souk Okaz dates to 501AD and was an annual 20-day event.
That was how the organising committee of Souk Okaz Festival introduced its marquee event, which took place in Taif in August. The modern rendition of the fair combines various arts and literature and attracts stars of Arabic poetry and song, as well as scholars, thinkers and researchers.
It is meant to introduce the intellectual and cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the entire world and to showcase the cultural and intellectual history of the Arab and Islamic civilisation which had emerged from the Arabian Peninsula.