Some improvements include they finally made maps of the area available and some info points. I noticed a lot more trash cans and staff for cleaning the area. They had put up more benches and toilets and in general the area looks much nicer this year.
This year the family days are for the majority of the festival unlike before when they were very limited and there used to be a female only day. I see this as an improvement because the festival is best visited with the family as a whole. There's lots of things for kids to do, they have a farm complete with all farm animals and the kids can go on camel and donkey rides.
I guess they are part of the modern day Saudi culture and therefore have a place at the festival..The only traditional aspect of this Herfys is the gender segregated sides for ordering!
Recommended to arrive early! Check my Events section for details and timings.