Saudi Arabia prepares to break two Guinness world records on National Day

Saudi Arabia is preparing to break a Guinness world record by launching 900,000 fireworks simultaneously from 58 platforms in 13 provinces. (Shutterstock)
Updated 20 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia prepares to break two Guinness world records on National Day

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is preparing to break a Guinness world record by launching 900,000 fireworks simultaneously from 58 platforms in 13 provinces to mark the 88th Saudi National Day on Sept. 23.
The fireworks will form the green background of the Saudi flag, in front of which 300 drones will create a laser image of its white horizontal sword and the Shahada (the Muslim profession of faith). This will break another Guinness world record in forming the largest flag in the world.
To celebrate the National Day, government bodies and authorities have joined forces to develop a comprehensive festive program, including activities and events to be held in all Saudi cities, provinces and regions.
They include Cirque du Soleil and the National Entertainment Day carnival in Riyadh, the Sky of Dreams show in Jeddah, the Light Garden event in Dammam, aerobatics and pyrotechnics shows in Khobar, the From Us to the Nation event in Tabouk, the release of hot-air balloons in Al-Ahsa, and many others.
Details of the National Day calendar can be found at the program’s portal www.roznamah.sa, by following its Twitter account @ Roznamah_sa, or by downloading the app from https://land.ly/roznamah.


Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

Updated 53 min 34 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

  • Four attackers were killed in failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on Interior Ministry building in Zulfi
  • The Presidency of State Security released identities of the 4 attackers

RIYADH: Thirteen people were arrested after finding plans to execute criminal acts that were targeting the Kingdom’s security, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
The statement published by SPA included the names of the 13 men arrested, in addition to their civil ID numbers.
The spokesperson for the Saudi Presidency of State Security said explosive belts were found during a raid on the house of the Zulfi attackers.
Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on an Interior Ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh on Sunday.
The four terrorists that were killed belonged to Daesh.
The Presidency of State Security released the identities of the four attackers: Abdullah Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Mansour, Samer Abdulaziz Al-Madid and Salman Abdulaziz Al-Madid.

Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, rented by Abdullah Al-Hamoud, one of the four perpetrators, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives and explosive belts.
A total of five explosive belts were found, four of which were worn by the perpetrators, and another inside a car. The belts contain detonating keys and grenades with shrapnel-like screws.

Authorities also seized 64 homemade grenades, 61 pipe fittings, of which nine were being processed as pipe bombs, three mobile phones, three pressure cookers ready for detonation, two Kalashnikov machine guns, six pistols, and other various weapons.
They also found four bags (74,900 kg) containing organic fertilizers, along with sets of laboratory glass containers, a number of plastic containers, a package of liquid chemical containers, sulfur-fiber cartons, a homemade explosive detonator and a set of screws that were equipped with shrapnel.
Authorities also seized a set of ATM cards, two national identity cards, SR 228, a number of publications and CD-ROMs with content related to terrorist organization.
The Presidency of State Security said it is continuing to follow up with terrorist elements that threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom.