DiplomaticQuarter: Egyptian Embassy celebrates National Day in style

Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy cutting cake with Riyadh Acting Governor Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
Updated 11 July 2018

DiplomaticQuarter: Egyptian Embassy celebrates National Day in style

  • Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy said that the 66th anniversary celebrated a turning point in the history of modern Egypt

The Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh celebrated their National Day with an invited audience of VIP guests, including a member of the royal family, senior diplomats and business leaders.

Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, acting governor of Riyadh, represented the Saudi government at theNational Day celebrations on Tuesday night at the Egyption Embassy.

The ceremony was also attended by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Affairs Azzam bin Abdulkarim Al-Qain, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Kingdom and members of the Egyptian community in the Kingdom.

Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy said that the 66th anniversary celebrated a turning point in the history of modern Egypt. 

It was “an expression of our people’s aspiration for independence, which redefined the Egyptian foreign policy and relations with the Arab world, African countries and with the Islamic world, which is very much valued even today by the Egyptian state under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi,” he said. 

He added that Egypt seeks to strengthen its relationship with all these friendly countries, considering it as pillar of growth.

Hamdy said: “I would like to refer to the ongoing cordial and prosperous Egyptian-Saudi brotherhood under the visionary leadership of King Salman and President El-Sisi.”

He added that the leaders of the two countries are acting as the safety valve for the Arab region against internal and external threats and that the two countries will continue to remain united in the interest of the Arab and Islamic nations.

“The first foreign visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after being appointed crown prince last June, was to Egypt. The visit resulted in the signing of economic agreements and memoranda of cooperation aimed at consolidating the partnership between the two brotherly countries for the benefit of the Egyptian and Saudi people,” he added.

Egyptian nationals are the largest Arab expatriate group in Saudi Arabia, representing about 40 percent of the Arab expatriates working in the Kingdom.

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.


GEA president Turki Al-Sheikh gave an opening speech: “Our dearest people, in the beginning of this season, we welcome you and our guests in Riyadh.

“I want to share a story with you all; once upon a time, I was from a middle-class family. My mother and father would gather both their salaries to have us travel to see the world, and then we would stay in Riyadh for a year. These were our capabilities (at the time) and there was nothing to do in Riyadh. Who would've thought that we’d see all of this in Riyadh, and in our beloved country?

“This wouldn't have been possible without -of course Allah first- a person who has the qualities and vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

He tweeted: “Riyadh traffic police estimated we have exceeded 600K which means ten times the capacity.”

In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.

The parade had a special surprise; the appearance of DJ Carnage who took to the stage dressed in complete Saudi attire and performed his successful electronic show.

The musician also took to Twitter to celebrate the night and how he had had a hand in “making history,” tweeting: “A huge thank you to @Turki_alalshikh  ..... what you did for your country last night... was so special... thank you for having me... we made history.”