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

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.


Exhibition devoted to King Faisal to open in London this month

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Exhibition devoted to King Faisal to open in London this month

  • The event commemorates the 100th anniversary of his historic visit to Britain, Ireland and France in 1919
  • At the time still a child, and 45 years from becoming king, he was the first Saudi royal to visit England

LONDON: An exhibition about King Faisal bin Abul Aziz will open in London this month. Titled “A life at the Heart of the Twentieth Century,” it commemorates the 100th anniversary of his historic, five-month visit to Britain, Ireland and France. Still a child at the time, he was the first Saudi royal to visit England.

“This exhibition is one of many to be held in Europe to introduce the world to King Faisal, his personality, history and biography as one of the most prominent world leaders,” said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, which organized the event.

“It will trace King Faisal’s footsteps, showcasing parts of his journey, some of the places he visited, the figures he met and the importance of his visit to the continent in 1919.

“The event, titled ‘A life at the Heart of the Twentieth Century,’ will run for three weeks. It will include some of his personal possessions, along with manuscripts, telegrams, letters, paintings, maps, photographs, articles and press coverage that documented this historic visit.”

The exhibition features seven sections. “Najed” showcases the king’s early life, while “India” tells the story of the visit that constituted his first contact with the outside world. “London” documents his visit to the city that was his first stop during his 1919 visit, while “England, Wales and Ireland,” traces his subsequent tour of Britain and Ireland.

“On the battlefields” highlight King Faisal’s visit to the killing fields of Europe just a year after the end of World War I. “Paris” tells the story of his visit to the French capital, while “Heritage” explores the positive results and legacy of his historic trip.

The exhibition opens in the Nash Room at 116 Pall Mall on Dec. 20. In addition to KFCRIS, the official sponsors are the King Faisal Foundation and the Kingdom’s embassy in the UK. The Family Office Co. and Al-Saad Group for Investment and Development are strategic sponsors, and Sadco Holding Co. is a gold sponsor.

The silver sponsors are the Saudi Petrochemical Company, Al-Rashed Trading and Contracting Co., Al-Zamil Group and Mohammed Al-Saad Al-Ajlan Sons Co. The official carrier is Saudia Airlines, and the international media sponsors are Arab News and Asharq Al-Awsat newspapers.

The exhibition has been held in a number of regions in the Kingdom and was hosted by the Kazakh cities of Astana and Almaty in 2017.