Saudi Arabia celebrates National Day with eyes set on future
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's 88th National Day was one for the record books as the Kingdom celebrated a flurry of recent reforms that have put it on the cusp of an exciting and fulfilling future. Following on last year's celebration, this year's National Day drew Saudis to public celebrations in the streets and at entertainment venues. Events held across the Kingdom on Sunday swept up Saudis in a wave of pride and patriotism.
The National Day events including concerts, plays, comedy shows, laser shows, cultural shows and drone displays held in cities across the country. Residents of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Najran, Tabuk, Khobar, Jazan and Madinah were especially treated to a day-long schedule of events. Loosening restrictions on public celebrations in the country and encouraging a new and vivacious patriotism reflect some of the major promises of Vision 2030, the Kingdom's roadmap to the future, the Centre for International Communication (CIC) reported.
These events also celebrated the many developments the Kingdom has witnessed over the past year. Those developments include lifting the ban on women drivers, opening commercial cinemas, appointing women to important positions in various sectors, and allowing women into sport stadiums.
Saudis, many waving green-and-white national flags, took to the capital's main Tahliya Street thoroughfare from early Saturday night, on the eve of the 88th National Day and again on Sunday. The occasion is celebrated on September 23rd each year to commemorate the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz Al Saud.
In a speech, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that the 88th anniversary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was an occasion to recall the achievements of the country's founder, the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, and his sons after him.
The Saudi crown prince praised the kingdom's growth and prosperity under the leadership of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
"Our great country celebrates its National Day recalling the country's founder, the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, who united this nation, and his sons after him laid the foundation for the state, completing the process of building this great entity."
"This National Day we express our pride in our dear homeland's achievements ... and [its] influential role in attaining regional and international security as well as economic development . establishing the principles of transparency and justice to promote integrity and combating corruption, and striving to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030, the forward-looking vision which seeks to put our dear country at the forefront of nations, with constant follow-up, generous guidance and continuous support from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud."
"Our dear homeland, from which Islam has emerged will continue to adhere to the principles of the noble religion, the religion of moderation. It will continue to fight relentlessly against extremism and terrorism, as stated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. He said that there is no place among us for an extremist who sees moderation as a degeneration and exploits our compassionate faith to achieve his objectives. There is no place as well for a degenerate who sees our war on extremism as a means of spreading immorality and exploiting the tolerance of the religion to achieve his own goals," he said.
"Our country will not allow anyone to prejudice its sovereignty or threaten its security," the Crown Prince said as he praised the country's armed forces.
Source: Bahrain News Agency