Foreign ambassadors congratulate Saudi leadership, people on National Day

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A Saudi boy waves national flag as he hang out the window of a car during celebrations marking National Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (SPA)
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Saudi people walk past a poster depicting Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman during the 89th annual National Day of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 23, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Saudi people wearing traditional clothes perform during the 89th annual National Day of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 23, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 24 September 2019

Foreign ambassadors congratulate Saudi leadership, people on National Day

  • The relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia is strong and multifaceted
  • The flagship initiatives of the government of India and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 complement each other

RIYADH: Heads of foreign missions in Riyadh congratulated King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people on National Day, wishing them all further progress and prosperity.

US Ambassador John Abizaid 

On behalf of President Donald Trump and all my colleagues here at the Embassy and the Consulate, I extend our congratulations to the king, the crown prince and the people of Saudi Arabia on National Day. As the president noted in his message to King Salman, the US-Saudi partnership is more vital than ever, particularly as we confront regional security challenges and work hand-in-hand to achieve shared economic and political objectives.
The relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia is strong and multifaceted. We work together every day to promote prosperity and economic development, protect the security of the two countries, and build people-to-people ties that keep our relationship strong. We have supported one another for decades and look forward to many more years of beneficial partnership.
I wish the people of Saudi Arabia success and prosperity this year, and in the years to come. Happy National Day.

British Ambassador Simon Collis

Saudi Arabia has a long and rich history, and through this history the UK and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed partnership, starting when Capt. William Shakespear became the first foreign person to sign an agreement with King Abdul Aziz.
Shakespear, a British explorer and diplomat, was a trusted friend that King Abdul Aziz called “brother” and made him his military adviser, and it was due to their closeness that Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a treaty to formalize a friendship that endures to this day.
From that day until today, we have considered ourselves a friend and partner for Saudi Arabia to help achieve its ambitions and support its goals in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

Australian Ambassador Ridwaan Jadwat

I would like to congratulate and extend my sincere best wishes to King Salman, the government and the people of Saudi Arabia on their National Day. Have a great day.

 

Pakistani Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz

I am overwhelmed with joy to celebrate the National Day of the Kingdom with my Saudi brethren. On this auspicious occasion, I would like to present my heartfelt congratulations to the king, the crown prince and the people of Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are strategic allies and have always maintained close cooperation. Our relations are based on shared cultural values and common world view. The people of Pakistan hold the Saudi leadership in high esteem. The visionary leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put Saudi Arabia on a trajectory of development, and the Kingdom is now moving fast on the track to progress and prosperity.
Saudi Arabia has always been an advocate of stability, peace and harmony in the region and the world. I, as an ambassador of Pakistan, vow to make consistent efforts to further expand bilateral cooperation in all fields for the benefit of our people.

Dya-Eddine Bamakhrama, Djibouti Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Riyadh

On behalf of the diplomatic corps, I congratulate the king, the crown prince and the Saudi people on the National Day, wishing the leadership and people further progress and prosperity.
The Kingdom’s leading position and pivotal role in world politics and economics means its security and stability is important to all countries of the world.

Indian Ambassador Ausaf Sayeed

On behalf of the government, the people of India and myself, I take great pleasure in extending warm greetings to the king, the crown prince and the people of Saudi Arabia on National Day. India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting the centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties. The strong political will, dynamic economic engagement and warmth and goodwill of the people have nurtured the relationship into a strategic partnership. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth-largest trading partner and a reliable partner in meeting India’s energy needs. The flagship initiatives of the government of India and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 complement each other. The relationship between our two countries has taken an upward trajectory and transformed into a strategic partnership.                                           

 


Jean Nouvel concept designs for Sharaan resort in AlUla unveiled

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Jean Nouvel concept designs for Sharaan resort in AlUla unveiled

  • Designs draw on the nearby Nabataean wonders of Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sit

ALULA, Saudi Arabia: New concept designs for the Sharaan by Jean Nouvel resort revealed today offer a deeper understanding of the architect’s daring vision for AlUla, the cultural oasis in north-west Arabia.

Located deep within the Sharaan Nature Reserve, the designs draw on the nearby Nabataean wonders of Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a world-first, this 2,000-year-old architectural legacy is being revived by Jean Nouvel for potentially the first time since the Nabataeans carved into the region’s millions-of-years-old sandstone rock.

As the concepts were unveiled, architect Jean Nouvel described AlUla as “The coming together of a landscape and history; The history of past civilizations in an extraordinary landscape – the only place to create such a masterpiece.

Nouvel emphasized the importance of preserving such a unique landscape: “AlUla is a museum. Every wadi and escarpment, every stretch of sand and rocky outline, every geological and archeological site deserves the greatest consideration. It’s vital we keep all its distinctiveness and conserve its attractiveness, which largely rests on its remote and occasionally archaic character. We have to safeguard a little mystery as well as the promise of discoveries to come.

Nouvel’s commitment to respecting AlUla’s landscape and ancient heritage has not meant shying away from modern architectural ideas. “AlUla deserves to acquire a degree of modernity,” he suggests. “Envisioning the future is a never-ending obligation that requires us to be fully alive to places in the present as well as conjuring up the past.

Jean Nouvel explains how he’s adapting old ways of life to our modern world, minimizing the impacts on natural and urban landscapes. To do this Nouvel has introduced a new typology of architecture never seen before, using abstraction, sculpting within the landscape itself rather than competing with it. Inspired by the Nabateans, it plays on the old ways of living to build on the present and meet the challenges of the future. Jean Nouvel integrates the way Nabateans interacted with their environment, both verticality and horizontality, to reconnect to the earth and build sustainable habitats, away from the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter.

Above, the new concept designs for the Sharaan by Jean Nouvel. (The Royal Commission for AlUla)

Nouvel views this resort as an opportunity to bring to life a strong spatial, sensorial and emotional experience on the borders of nature, architecture and art – where the sound, musicality, harshness, tactility, power and complexity of nature are everywhere, from finely chopped stones on balconies to the singular granularity of each rock wall, all becomes an artwork in itself.

“Our project should not jeopardize what humanity and time have consecrated,” emphasizes Nouvel, “Our project is celebrating the Nabateans spirit without caricaturing it. This creation genuinely becomes a cultural act.

Taking on a curatorial approach in the museographical sense, Jean Nouvel has created public spaces geared towards the joy of living there, by day, by night, with all the various colors, light, shadow, wind, torrential rain, and the passage of time. He invites travellers to embark on a journey through thousands of years of civilizations and geographical strata within every detail of his designs, from the permanent feel of the rocks to the soft comfort of the armchairs, sofa, and seats.

The end result will see guests immersed deep within in a memorable journey through time and space, offering a true discovery of AlUla’s essence. Through immersive experiences in Sharaan’s wilderness, visitors will have personalized exposure to the hundreds of archaeological sites within AlUla. Yet, this level of luxury will not be at the cost of the natural landscape, as the new resort will draw on emission-free power and new standards in sustainability.

Above, the new concept designs for the Sharaan by Jean Nouvel. (The Royal Commission for AlUla)

The Sharaan by Jean Nouvel Resort will be a key element of RCU’s strategy to develop AlUla as a global destination for culture, heritage, and ecotourism. It is designed within The Charter of AlUla, a framework document that includes 12 guiding principles that commits The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to long-term future development. It will also contribute to the region’s diversified economy through a Retreat Summit Centre and restaurants.

Amr AlMadani, CEO of RCU, said: “These concepts, which showcase Jean Nouvel’s masterly innovation in architecture, underscore our commitment to developing AlUla as a global tourism destination without compromising the history, heritage, and landscape of AlUla. We are a destination built by artists. Sharaan by Jean Nouvel will build on that legacy to become a timeless landscape-architecture that will last forever – a gift to the world.”