Saudis across the Kingdom celebrated the 83rd National Day on Monday with pomp and pageantry as they remembered the remarkable endeavors made by King Abdul Aziz and his soldiers to unify the Kingdom.
Fireworks, processions and folk dances added color to the annual event that also drew a large number of expatriates and their families. Municipalities and other government departments organized special programs to mark the occasion. A number of cultural competitions were planned at Marwa Center for people of special needs in Riyadh.
“We have arranged fireworks in five different locations,” said Riyadh Mayor Abdullah Al-Muqbil. Famous singers and stage performers took part in the events. Folklore events were organized in five camps in Riyadh, including two camps for women and families.
As many as 194 programs were organized in different parts of the Makkah region including Jeddah, Makkah, Taif, Qunfuda, Al-Laith, Alkhorma and Rabigh. Apart from fireworks there were air shows, drawing competition for children, stage shows, display of documentaries, songs and acrobatic shows.
Second Deputy Premier Prince Muqrin congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman and the Saudi people. He highlighted the efforts made by King Abdul Aziz to unite the warring tribes and establish the pillars of modern Saudi Arabia. “We have to understand the importance of unity and its benefits,” he said.
Saudi Arabian Airlines said it would provide 25 percent discount on international tickets. The airline’s National Day offer is valid until Sept. 30. Tickets should be utilized between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10.
Siddeek Ahmed, CMD of Eram Group, wished continued progress and prosperity for Saudi Arabia and its people. He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his humanitarian gesture to extend the amnesty.
“It has so far helped about 75 percent illegals to correct their status,” he told Arab News.