Congratulations pour in on third anniversary of King Salman’s rule

King Salman has become an important figure not only in the GCC and the Arab world, but also internationally. He has played a key role in making peace prevail.
Updated 23 December 2017
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Congratulations pour in on third anniversary of King Salman’s rule

RIYADH: The third anniversary of King Salman’s accession to the throne was marked by hope and optimism as congratulations poured in from senior Saudi officials and foreign dignitaries.
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated the Saudi monarch and noted the Kingdom’s achievements under his leadership.
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa wished his Saudi counterpart good health and happiness, as well as further progress and prosperity for the government and people of Saudi Arabia. King Hamad stressed the strong ties between the two countries and their peoples.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised Saudi achievements under King Salman, and expressed appreciation for his role in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Abbas said he values the king’s sincere efforts and support to the Palestinian people and their just cause for freedom and an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah congratulated the king on behalf of all health sector staff.
“In this bright era, the Kingdom is witnessing comprehensive dynamic development in all walks of life, which is having a positive impact on providing an honorable living to Saudis,” said Al-Rabiah.
He added that King Salman has paid special attention to the health sector due to his interest in Saudis’ health and safety.
Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishal congratulated the king on the country’s domestic and foreign policy achievements during his reign.
The Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) and Mobily offered free local calls on Thursday to mark the third anniversary of King Salman’s accession to the throne.
Dr. Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan, an Islamic scholar, author and TV host, told Arab News that the king “has made history. He has become an important figure not only in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and the Arab world, but also internationally. He has played a key role in making peace prevail.”
Al-Hassan added: “In his era, we Saudis feel very strong, confident and happy. Many things that weren’t allowed in the Kingdom are now allowed for everyone, such as movie theaters, and women being allowed to attend football matches and drive. We’re also expecting women to become ministers, which is great.”
Khalil Aljehani, managing partner at Aljehani Law Firm, told Arab News: “Saudis are happy over King Salman’s third anniversary as monarch. With the reforms he has initiated, he evokes optimism, which heralds a better future for Saudi society and future generations.”
Aljehani added: “We Saudis wish him and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continuous good health to provide steady leadership at the helm of government.”
Dr. Saleh Al-Sultan, owner and chairman of SAS for Economic Consulting, told Arab News: “King Salman has done much during the three years since he ascended the throne. He has initiated measures to streamline the Saudi economy.”
The pace of Saudization has been stepped up to generate employment opportunities for both men and women, Al-Sultan added.
“King Salman has given equal opportunities to women, who now enjoy what used to be for Saudi men only, such as being members of the Shoura Council,” he said.
“They’ve become partners in national development, and he has issued a decree allowing women to drive starting from June 2018.”
Besides seeing to it that his citizens are taken care of, the king is also helping countries in need such as Yemen, Syria and Palestine via the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Al-Sultan added.
The monarch has also improved Saudi relations with various countries and signed agreements with them, Al-Sultan said.


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.