Array of national day activities delight Saudis and visitors

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Citizens and visitors throng through Jeddah to enjoy various celebrations where art and patriotism meet. (SPA)
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Citizens and visitors throng through Jeddah to enjoy various celebrations where art and patriotism meet. (SPA)
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Citizens and visitors throng through Jeddah to enjoy various celebrations where art and patriotism meet. (SPA)
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Citizens and visitors throng through Jeddah to enjoy various celebrations where art and patriotism meet. (SPA)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Array of national day activities delight Saudis and visitors

  • Special events will also take place throughout Jeddah where residents and visitors can visit the various parks, public squares, waterfront and beaches to get into the celebratory spirit.
  • Saudi flags and green billboards, often bearing the face of King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed, have gone up across Riyadh this week, and at night skyscrapers are flooded in green light — the national color.

JEDDAH: There’s excitement all over the Kingdom as Saudi Arabia gears up to celebrate the 88th Saudi National Day, with citizens and visitors thronging through Jeddah to enjoy the various celebrations where art and patriotism meet. The national day’s events will feature 3D light shows on the façade of the Ritz-Carlton at the new waterfront in Jeddah, displaying images of the nation’s founders and fountains dancing to Saudi music.
Special events will also take place throughout Jeddah where residents and visitors can visit the various parks, public squares, waterfront and beaches to get into the celebratory spirit. Saudi flags and green billboards, often bearing the face of King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed, have gone up across Riyadh this week, and at night skyscrapers are flooded in green light — the national color.
Various governmental and private organizations are also celebrating the occasion throughout the governorate, its streets, main roads and public facilities by hanging flags and signs carrying national meanings and values that strengthen love, loyalty and the sense of belonging to this dear homeland.
The National Day will also be celebrated on Jeddah waterfront with myriad activities ranging from folklore shows, art crafts, and a national art exhibition to family activities, laser shows and fireworks. Other events include using the latest light technology on water screens, showcasing the Kingdom’s images from the time of the founder until the present. 3D lights will also illuminate the surrounding buildings and unique waterfront.
A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day, with activities aiming to highlight the most important historical monuments through displaying activities related to the Kingdom’s unification. Historical Jeddah is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.