KSA emerges as a major player on world stage

Updated 18 November 2015
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KSA emerges as a major player on world stage

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is a major player in the global economy, a senior economist following the G-20 summit, which concluded in Antalya on Monday, observed.
Osama Kurdi, former Shoura Council member, said Saudi Arabia under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has become a major player in the world economy by supporting the economic policies of the major countries in the world.
“Despite the contributions made by various global bodies such as WTO, UN and OPEC, G-20 has begun to play an important role not only in the economic field but also in the political field,” Kurdi said.
The Kingdom has joined the summit in fighting against terrorism, creating job opportunities and developing SMEs which is the need of the hour, he noted.
By virtue of the wise policies of King Salman, he said the Kingdom is marching toward a prosperous economic goal to achieve peace, security and political stability in the region.
Musad Al-Zayani, Dubai-based Saudi journalist who is currently covering the G-20 Summit, told Arab News that King Salman’s speech at the summit was well received by the delegates.
He said that the king strongly condemned all forms of terror and also admitted that the Kingdom has been a victim of terrorism for several years.
The journalist welcomed the suggestion made by King Salman that quick solutions must be found for the problems in Syria, Palestine and Yemen.
He pointed out that its a magnanimous gesture on the part of the king to call for support of the Syrian refugees irrespective of the countries of displacement.
“We are a major player in the global oil industry,” the journalist said, pointing out that Saudi Arabia has the key to any problems in the petrochemical industry by virtue of its oil reserves and massive oil production.
The king, Al-Zayani said, has a clear vision to promote SME’s in the Kingdom which would create job opportunities for the youth and eventually take the economy to new heights.
Prominent Saudi writer Mohsin Hassan Al-Sheikh said the people in the Kingdom are very happy that King Salman has unreservedly condemned terrorism by joining the world community at the G-20.
Although they try to give an Islamic color to their actions, terrorists have no religion and they are criminals involved in destructive work. Under the leadership of King Salman, he said that the Kingdom will provide an effective fight against terror so that people in the region, as well as in other parts of the world, can live in peace and prosperity.
King Salman, who was leading the Saudi delegation at the G-20 summit, met with foreign leaders gathered on Sunday and discussed with them developments in the region and the summit agenda.
The members of the G-20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
Saudi Arabia has a special place as a G-20 member given its role in global energy security and heavy-weight economic status in the region — it is the only country from the Middle East and Arab world represented in the G-20.


A jubilant Saudi Arabia celebrates its past, present … and future

Updated 24 September 2018
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A jubilant Saudi Arabia celebrates its past, present … and future

  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said National Day is an opportunity to recall the achievements of the country’s founder
  • Saudi Arabia’s friends around the world outdid themselves in expressing their wishes to the Kingdom

RIYADH/JEDDAH/DUBAI:  It was a day that captured the heightened spirit of a nation.

In a year of remarkable changes, Saudi National Day on Sunday took on an exuberance like no other celebration before it, with enough fireworks to break a world record, people celebrating together outdoors across the land and landmarks around the world illuminated with the flag. 

In a speech marking the Kingdom’s 88th National Day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised the nation’s growth under King Salman, saying that while Vision 2030 “looks forward to the future,” Saudi Arabia “will remain committed to the principles” of Islam, “the religion of tolerance and moderation.”

The crown prince said National Day is an opportunity to recall the achievements of the country’s founder, King Abdul Aziz, and his sons. “On our National Day, we take pride in our country’s position on an international, Islamic and Arab level.” 

His sentiments were echoed by citizens, who gathered last night in 20 cities to watch more than 900,000 fireworks light up the sky.

Laser light show at a Jeddah stadium Sunday night as part of National Day celebrations. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

“I am so happy with all the changes going on under the visionary leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi women are happy to join the National Day parades, this year behind the wheel,” said Saudi actor and presenter Khairiah Abu Laban.

“We went around the city to see the lighting and the fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a pharmacist in Riyadh. “Green and white balloons fill either side of Riyadh streets.”

Saudi Arabia’s friends around the world outdid themselves in expressing their wishes to the Kingdom over the weekend, culminating on the day. 

The Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the Saudi flag, while the Nasdaq Tower’s digital billboard in New York’s Times Square was lit up with photos of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

In Lebanon, Pigeon Rocks, in Raouché off the coast of Beirut, were lit in the colors of the Saudi flag. 

The UAE’s airlines got in on the game. Emirates operated a special one-off A380 service on Sunday to Riyadh, and crew handed out scarves emblazoned with the countries’ flags.

Not to be outdone, Etihad said it was using the only Saudi A380 pilot in the world, Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, to fly its Year of Zayed plane to Jeddah with the UAE’s Captain Ahmed Almalood. 

And if all that wasn’t enough, King Salman added an extra day, Monday, to the holiday.

Air show by the Saudi Royal Air Force in Jeddah in celebration of National Day. (SPA)