Country gears up for National Day

Updated 02 October 2013
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Country gears up for National Day

Jubilation is around the corner for Saudi society, which will be celebrating the country’s National Day on Monday. A myriad of cultural and recreational activities will be held to express their patriotic fervor for the nation.
Riyadh, considered the foundation for the modern Kingdom, is at the forefront of celebrations, but people in various regions are also getting ready to celebrate. Governorates are chalking out displays of Saudi heritage.
Establishments are expected to go green on the day. Hundreds of shops are busy selling merchandise to children and youth, ranging from bracelets to portraits of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Gift shops are going green and have removed regular items from their shelves until Monday. The general price rise syndrome has not hit National Day items, as most Chinese-made items are being sold in the range of SR3 to SR150, the same prices that prevailed last year.
Caps, flags, badges, T-shirts, bracelets, rings, nontoxic facial decoration items, portraits of King Abdullah, wall posters, hand bags, shopping bags, cups, plates, large-sized eye-wear and most importantly, balloons and gift items in green, are selling out fast.
Shops in Jamiah, Kilo 5, Safa and the Balad districts sell such items and women are also flocking to these places.
Seasonal street vendors have also risen to the occasion, positioning themselves at roundabouts and intersections around the city to display their goods. Most of them sell flags, stickers, shumagh and scarves.
Ahmed Omar, a salesman at a leading general store in downtown Jeddah, told Arab News: “Shopping has begun much earlier this year compared to previous years and the response has been overwhelming, with customers coming even during the morning hours.” The Corniche in Jeddah will hold a series of activities over the weekend, with attractions and competitions for residents and visitors, although the Jeddah Municipality has not yet specified a venue for the celebrations.
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has extended support to 40,000 students and a Saudi artist in their efforts to establish a world record by creating a 10,000 square meter map with hand prints.
Beaches in Alkhobar and Dammam will also put on firework displays on the eve of the National Day.
In Riyadh, the municipality has earmarked seven different locations for festivities.


Saudi Arabia highlights the importance of the implementation of the UN Vision 2030

Updated 17 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia highlights the importance of the implementation of the UN Vision 2030

  • Saudi Arabia affirms the importance of preserving natural resources and putting great attention to environmental issues
  • Saudi Arabia is keen to preserve and protect them and ensure that they are not affected by the urban and industrial renaissance in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation to the United Nations said that the Kingdom puts great importance to the implementation of the UN Vision 2030’s goals encompassing the economic, social and environmental fronts.

This was stated in the speech delivered by the First Secretary Bandar Al-Nahdi during the general debate on Agenda 21, a UN action plan on sustainable development, at the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Al-Nahdi said that Saudi Arabia affirms the importance of preserving natural resources and putting great attention to environmental issues.

It is keen to preserve and protect them and ensure that they are not affected by the urban and industrial renaissance in the Kingdom, he said in his speech.

“Saudi Arabia believes that the preservation and development of the environment lie in finding new modern technologies, reducing pollution, fighting desertification and optimizing the use of water resources (both treated and renewable water),” Al-Nahdi said. “The plan also includes a complete protection of shores, reserves and islands, in a way that everyone would have access to them.”

He pointed out that King Salman has issued a royal order to establish the Royal Protected Areas Council under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. The council will have authority over six reserves in the Kingdom, and would be made accessible to citizens and residents without walls or barriers.

Al-Nahdi said that the Kingdom also supports international efforts to combat desertification.

He added that the Kingdom has launched two initiatives for the sustainable development of forests and rangeland, and organized investments in these areas, to fight desertification through planting 4 million trees and providing 6 million plantlets. It also rehabilitated 60,000 hectares of agricultural land and pastures. Meanwhile, over the next four years more than 100 sites and 24 national parks will be developed.

Al-Nahdi also referred to the report of the UN Secretary-General – “Oil slick on the Lebanese shores” – and said that Saudi Arabia shared the concern of the UN as Israel continued to ignore all international resolutions urging it to take responsibility for the environmental catastrophe caused when its military forces targeted oil storage tanks in the Lebanese shores.

“This has engendered a devastating environmental impact. It is not surprising to see this coming from a state that always disregards all international laws, decisions and treaties, and continues to occupy the land of Palestine and the Arab Golan,” he said.

Al-Nahdi stressed that the Kingdom was always keen on cooperating with international organizations and countries that believed in collective work to achieve the best.

He said that Saudi Arabia would also support efforts to protect and preserve the environment, including risk-reduction measures for natural disasters that threaten our world.