Saudi Arabia at 90: Sheikh Khalifa congratulates King Salman on National Day

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Sep 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

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President Sheikh Khalifa and other UAE leaders have wished Saudi Arabia’s King Salman congratulations on the country’s 90th National Day.

The Kingdom’s National Day falls on September 23 and marks the day when its founder King Abdulaziz Al Saud renamed the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in honour of his family name.

It was declared a national holiday by the late King Abdullah in 2005.

The rulers of all seven emirates and Sheikh , Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Command of the UAE Armed Forces, extended their congratulations to King Salman on Tuesday, and to Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of , gave his congratulations, as did the Sharjah Ruler Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammed and Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid, the Ruler of Ajman, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid, the Ruler of Umm Al Quwain and Sheikh Hamed bin Mohammed, the Ruler of Fujairah.

The Kingdom will mark the occasion with the largest ever air show featuring 60 military and civilian aircraft, organised by Turki Al Sheikh, chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority.

Saudi television will broadcast the event at 4pm local time (5pm UAE) on Wednesday.

The 90th anniversary will be celebrated as the country marks huge changes in society and daily life, with liberalisation of the legal system and economy, and a push to create more home-grown jobs for Saudis.

Saudi-UAE friendship - in pictures

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Prince Mohamed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz pose for a photo wearing Expo 2020 wristbands at Qasr Al Watan during the Crown Prince's visit to Abu Dhabi in November, 2019. Hamad Al Mansoori / for the Ministry of Presidential Affairs

A picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 4, 2016 shows Saudi King Salman with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed during a ceremony in Abu Dhabi. AFP

Sheikh Mohamed welcomes Mohammed bin Salman to his 'second home' in Abu Dhabi for the Saudi crown prince’s visit. Wam

Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed and Turki Al Dakhil, Ambassador of KSA to UAE with UAE officials and pupils on Abu Dhabi Corniche on Saudi National Day in 2019. Leslie Pableo for The National

Abu Dhabi Airports marks national day in 2019. Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Airports

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Mecca in May 2019. AFP

School children welcome Prince Mohamed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed during a state visit at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi. Eissa Al Hammadi for Ministry of Presidential Affairs

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Updated: September 22, 2020 06:36 PM

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