Foreign ambassadors congratulate Saudi leadership, people on National Day

1 / 3
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)
2 / 3
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)
3 / 3
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.                                           

 


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”