More welfare schemes assured as National Day celebrations continue


Saudi Gazette report

— Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman assured more tangible developments on the occasion of the 88th National Day.

“With the celebrations of our glorious National Day, I look forward to more achievements to realize the welfare and prosperity of our homeland and our people,” the King tweeted.

King Salman thanked Almighty Allah for blessing the Kingdom with security, safety and stability and for giving it the honor of servicing the Two Holy Mosques and the guests of Allah.

The King’s orders to extend the holidays till Monday, gave further momentum to the celebrations which covered all towns and cities.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi said the royal directive to extend the holidays was also covering the private sector.

In Riyadh the green color decorated houses, streets, tunnels, squares, public parks and all other places where families gathered to celebrate the occasion.

The Saudi flag was hoisted on homes, cars and pubic and private buildings. The city’s celebrations also included fireworks, laser shows and others.

In Asir, green flags were hoisted on buildings, houses, squares and other facilities in Abha, the capital of the region.

There were more than 5,000 green flags hoisted on the city’s main streets and decorative flags in various sizes were spread over more than 9,000 meters.

Colored lamps were erected on an area of more than 10,000 meters to decorate the city’s entrance and its squares and public parks.

In Khamis Mushayat, a number of locations were decorated for the celebrations.

In Makkah, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) organized the celebrations at Al-Hijaz Mall in collaboration with 12 other government and private agencies.

According to the commission, the celebrations will continue for three days and will cover all the districts and neighborhoods.

In Jeddah, sound and light shows characterized the celebrations in addition to art shows along the Cornish.

Air acrobatic shows marked the celebrations in Al-Khobar while folklore dances and military music were the main themes of the celebrations in Onaiza.

In Baha, more than 30,000 flags were hoisted on main streets and squares.