Pakistan academic underlines importance of National Day

Adnan Nasir
Updated 23 March 2018
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Pakistan academic underlines importance of National Day

Across the globe, the Pakistani nation is celebrating the anniversary of Pakistan National Day, espoused on March 23, 1940 under the inspirational leadership of the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
While it stands as a landmark amid many distinguished events in the creation of our country, it is also a day to reiterate our national resolve to pledge our endeavors for a peaceful, prosperous and strong country in accordance with religious beliefs and social values.
With a common dream and collective aspirations to pursue an independent individuality, history witnessed a congregation of the Muslims of the subcontinent, immersed in a passion to acquire their own piece of land to relish their freedom and individuality, enshrined in the unique scruples of Islam.
The Lahore historical procession galvanized the nation to be united and stand up for their rights of equality, justice and nationalism. This resolve proved to be a successful culmination of the long struggle made by the Muslims of South Asia and sowed the seed of hope to sprout the real quest for an independent homeland.
This day demands that we renew our convictions and act on the timeless ideologies of our forefathers to cherish this blessing of our eccentricity with national integrity and pride till perpetuity. Having a full faith in our youth to be able to stand guard over our nationalistic goals and face the world’s dynamism as the well-groomed, proud and responsible citizens of Pakistan, I urge them to aim their endeavors at the cause of education, spurred by the Quaid’s golden principles of “Unity, Faith and Discipline.”
“In Pakistan lies our deliverance, defense and honor. Pakistan is in fact a Muslim ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure.”
Miles apart, while residing in the fort of Islam, Saudi Arabia, we proudly celebrate the similar customs, religious values and rich culture which tie the two countries with the strong bond of eternal friendship and make us the two leading Islamic countries in the world.
On this day of commitment, I extend my heartfelt felicitation to all Pakistanis around the world and express my cordial gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for sharing our mutual cohesions, not only in the moments of happiness but in times of trials and tribulations as well.
May Allah Almighty guide us in our efforts to become the inherent successors of our homeland and bestow us with the strength, focus and vision to work toward the progress and prosperity of both countries.

— Adnan Nasir is principal of the Pakistan International School, Jeddah — English Section


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.