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Eid celebrations begin with zeal

RIYADH: Eid Al-Fitr was celebrated with zeal and fervor in the capital on Friday, with nationals and expatriates seen exchanging greetings and children being blessed and presented with gifts.

The Eid prayers were offered early in the morning at about 650 designated mosques and grounds with special arrangements, including improvised partitions for women.
The Riyadh Police have made an elaborate security arrangement for the week-long celebrations and also foiled a terror attempt on the eve of Eid. The bomber, identified as Abdullah Fahd Abdullah Al-Rasheed, blew himself up after he was stopped by police in Al-Hair neighborhood.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar congratulated the people on the occasion of Eid, praying that Almighty Allah accept their fasting and night prayers.
The prince also received a number of princes, scholars, senior civil and security officials and citizens who came to greet him. He also visited patients in the hospital and wished them speedy recovery, joy and peace.
According to Riyadh municipality four locations including Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Malaz district and King Fahd International Stadium in Naseem district have been selected to welcome the much awaited festival with dazzling fireworks display starting at 11:15 pm.
The spectacular firework show arranged geographically across the city will continue for three days.
A huge number of Saudis and expatriates have also planned to use the week-long holiday for the private sector and 12-day break for the public sector to head for their favorite destinations in the Kingdom and abroad.
Many of them said they were heading for the picturesque hill station of Abha and the resort city of Taif, while others were heading for local destinations developed by the the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH).

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