Migrant work force playing vital role

Updated 04 February 2014
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Migrant work force playing vital role

Today we are celebrating the 66th anniversary of independence of our country with vigor and glory, and I am proud to convey my warmest greetings to the Sri Lankan expatriate community who are residing, staying and working in the western region of Saudi Arabia.
Independence is enjoying freedom of life, speech and faith and being economically free.
All countries gain their independence for this purpose. Thus, we celebrate independence every year, in order to remember our war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the struggle to gain our freedom and to be reminded that we are enjoying the freedom obtained.
With the renewed freedom, our country is forging ahead with development schemes, creating great opportunities for investment sector.
The Sri Lankan migrant community can play a pivotal role in the development of Sri Lanka’s infrastructure and economy.
Sri Lanka has gradually increased the amount of visiting tourists during the past years, especially those from Saudi Arabia.
As we all know, our motherland is known as the pearl of Indian Ocean and the paradise island on the earth — an island with extra ordinary beauty, valuable culture and proud history.
Hence I take this opportunity to urge the Sri Lankan community in the western region to continue their efforts in promoting this beautiful image of our country to the Arab world and to contribute to the nation in promoting our tourism and attracting foreign investments from this region.
The migrant workers, who already contribute to national development with foreign exchange from foreign employment, have become the number one foreign exchange earners for the country during the past years.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah provides consular and welfare services to the Sri Lankan community in this region and also conducts visits to all major cities in the region on a regular basis for this purpose.
At this juncture, I wish to recall the slogan declared by the government of Sri Lanka last year “Let us make the expectations of general public ensuring an excellent public service delivery” and continued for this year.
I kindly invite my fellow Sri Lankans to join hands, bury our differences, be united as Sri Lankans and strive fourth to ensure excellent public service delivery.
I would also like to mention the huge goal achieved by this Consulate General during the six-month general amnesty period announced by the government of Saudi Arabia last year.
Our consulate general, with the dedication and hard work of the consulate staff and excellent cooperation from the state authorities, was able to repatriate 13,000 Sri Lankans who had violated visa laws. This earned us appreciation from both the Government of Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the government of Saudi Arabia for the excellent bilateral relationship existing between our countries at all levels.
I also wish to thank the Sri Lankan expatriate community and the Sri Lankan International School for their invaluable support to the consulate general’s activities.
Let us all celebrate this day proudly and value our nation by staying united contributing to the economy and development of our motherland in every possible way.

Dr. A. Uthumalebbe
Consul General,
Consulate General of
Sri Lanka,
Jeddah

As we all know, our motherland is known as the pearl of Indian Ocean and the paradise island on the earth — an island with extra ordinary beauty, valuable culture and proud history.
Hence I take this opportunity to urge the Sri Lankan community in the western region to continue their efforts in promoting this beautiful image of our country to the Arab world and to contribute to the nation in promoting our tourism and attracting foreign investments from this region.
The migrant workers, who already contribute to national development with foreign exchange from foreign employment, have become the number one foreign exchange earners for the country during the past years.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah provides consular and welfare services to the Sri Lankan community in this region and also conducts visits to all major cities in the region on a regular basis for this purpose.
At this juncture, I wish to recall the slogan declared by the government of Sri Lanka last year “Let us make the expectations of general public ensuring an excellent public service delivery” and continued for this year.
I kindly invite my fellow Sri Lankans to join hands, bury our differences, be united as Sri Lankans and strive fourth to ensure excellent public service delivery.
I would also like to mention the huge goal achieved by this Consulate General during the six-month general amnesty period announced by the government of Saudi Arabia last year.
Our consulate general, with the dedication and hard work of the consulate staff and excellent cooperation from the state authorities, was able to repatriate 13,000 Sri Lankans who had violated visa laws. This earned us appreciation from both the Government of Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the government of Saudi Arabia for the excellent bilateral relationship existing between our countries at all levels.
I also wish to thank the Sri Lankan expatriate community and the Sri Lankan International School for their invaluable support to the consulate general’s activities.
Let us all celebrate this day proudly and value our nation by staying united contributing to the economy and development of our motherland in every possible way.

Dr. A. Uthumalebbe
Consul General,
Consulate General of Sri Lanka,
Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.