The Sixth Yanbu Flower Show and Garden Festival, which opened here on Monday evening, is drawing thousands of local residents and visitors. The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu is organizing the 10-day event. Alaa Naseef, executive president of the commission in Yanbu, inaugurated the show in the presence of several prominent figures, including government officials and company executives, at a function held at the industrial city’s park. Students from various schools of the industrial city staged an opera as part of the opening ceremony. Alaa Naseef and other guests toured the pavilions in the festival ground. More than 120 companies and firms specialized in marketing and selling flowers as well as in gardening, landscaping, nursery, and irrigation are showcasing their products at the festival. As part of the festival, planting of more than 5 million flower plants in major squares and other parts of the city has been started. The commission has made elaborate arrangements and preparations to make the festival a great success. A wide variety of programs and activities for women, young men and children are being held on the sidelines of the festival. The festival for youngsters features several cultural, social and recreational activities in addition to sports and games competitions. A number of centers for women, as well as kindergartens and schools are taking part in the festivals for women and children. There are also several religious, cultural and awareness programs.