RIYADH: The five-day Saudi National Day celebrations, which concluded on Monday evening, attracted more than 3.7 million people to various events organized across the Kingdom.
The chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, Turki Al-Sheikh, said that a workforce of 8,230 “happiness makers,” 91 percent of whom were Saudis, contributed to the success of the National Day Season. In the total workforce, some 23 percent were women. More than 6,800 season jobs were created. Al-Sheikh said visitors enjoyed more than 700,000 spectacular firework salvos. According to official statistics, more than 4,200 buses transported visitors to and from event locations.
This year more than 40 events took place between Sept. 19 and 23. These events ranged from festivals, concerts, and fireworks, to youth forums, accompanied by celebrations on the streets as well as in public places and squares.